Mittenfest

Here we are knitting mittens for holiday presents.. or just for fun:) If you want to join, drop us a line:)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Back to the drawing board

I tried DPN's and I liked them. I finished whole cuff from cuff-down Knucks. And i loved it. Then came gusset. My knitting was pretty tight because I didn't have proper size of knitting needles, and i was working with 2 threads. Increases were simply impossible. i frogged it, and then I realized I shouldn't have. Because, I finished with a huge mess and everything was tangled... oh well. I'll make me some proper DPN's tomorrow.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

MMMMMMMMMMittens!


Howdy from the Highlands (well, the Canadian version of the H.L.)
I 've finally finished my pro-fem pink cabled mitts for my DIL, Val

and a pair for me, too. Now those are some bright pink & orange mitts, huh? Think mangos and flamingos, folks!

It's far too gray outside not to wear color like this

Here's to much more health, knitting and laughter!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Finished

My mittens are finished. I must say I'm not very satisfied. I tried to make them like one mittens I saw, but I should've followed some pattern for my first mittens.
Cuff is too wide, it is done in moss stitch. I should've done it with smaller needles. They look very long and narrow, but they fit my hand perfectly. I would like them to look wider, though. And top is not squarish enough, and even if it was, it wouldn't look good on my hand... maybe if they were even longer, but then they would be... well, longer:)
Now I have to make ton of mittens for Christmas presents, and I'll make them using some pattern this time:)
Only problem is determining how big is one average male hand. Any ideas, girls?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Man Mitts Step One

I thought that I'd do a series of posts to talk about how I knit a pair of mitts, using the pair I'm currently working on for my fiancé [TheBoy]. I don't tend to use a pattern for mitts, although my mitts are always constructed in the general manner of Marnie's Hooray for Me Gloves which are linked to the right.

I received the yarn that I ordered for TheBoy's mitt's this afternoon. He helped me wind it into a center-pull ball [he makes a great and patient swift!] and then I swatched. I started with a gauge of 9st/in on size 2 needles and it was TheBoy approved as a good fabric for his mitts. I measured his wrist and then I did a little math. He's got an 8" wrist so I multiple 8 inches by 9 stitches/inch for a total of 72. I then multiplied this by .90 [90%] and rounded down to the closest even number, for a total of 64 stitches. I used a stretchy cable cast on and joined to knit in the round. I like a good stretchy cuff so I worked the cuff in K2,P2 rib. I ended up knitting 2.25" because after 2" of cuff he asked for "just one-quarter inch more please."

The cuff done, I then determined the length of the gusset. I've found that a good rule of thumb [pun not intended] for my gussets is to increase two stitches every third row for the length of my gusset, so I knit halfway around, placed a marker, knit in the front and back of the next two stitches and placed a second marker. Then on every third row I increased by knitting in the front and back of the first stitch after the first marker and then the last stitch before the second stitch marker.

In order to determine how many rows I needed to knit, I took TheBoy's hand and measured from the bottom of the thumb joint to the lowest knuckle. On his hand, this measurement was 2 inches, so I knit two inches in the gusset pattern established in the previous paragraph.

Once that was done, I knit to the marker and then placed my gusset stitches on a piece of waste yarn. I took it to TheBoy's hand and he tried it on again to determine how many stitches I needed to pick up in order to make it fit around his hand. You'll need to pick up at least two, since you've got two of your original stitches are now on the thumb gusset waste yarn. In the case of TheBoy, he has big knuckles, so I decided to pick up four. Then, I measured the gap between the top of the mitt and bottom knuckle of his fingers to determine how much I needed to knit before breaking off for the fingers.

Part two will cover adding on the fingers. Feel free to ask questions if anything I've said seems unclear!

Fetching


I just loved "Fetching" from Knitty, when I first saw it I knew i want it. This is my second pair, I finished first a while ago, but I didn't like thumb, so I added gusseted thumb for this pair. They are made in really pretty yarn, 45% wool, 10% cashmere and 45% PAC, and I still have enough of it for panta or hairband:). Since my gauge was bit off, I left out one cabled rib, and now they fit perfect:) I also didn't do picot bind off, it looks too sloppy to me. This pair is bit shorter, I wasn't sure when to start thumb, but I like them anyway. They will probably be a present for my co-worker, since she likes this color and wristwarmers:) I hope she will like them:)
I'm struggling with my mittens, they look very long and narrow... and i don't have long narrow hands.. we will see what will come out of them:)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Mittens Here, Mittens There

I just wanted to share my absolute favorite mitt pattern ever. Marnie MacLean's Hooray for Me Gloves are straightforward and have a great fit. I've knit them as is, and then adapted her basic pattern for mitts with a mitten cap and full them. And it's easy to alter them for a different gauge as well.

Marnie offers several other free mitt patterns and although I haven't knit any of these I can't imagine that they're anything less stellar than the ones I have knit:

Nearly Gloves

Executive Funk

Del Mar

Hi, folks!

Since everybody is knitting mittens or gloves for Christmas presents, or for themselves, I thought we really need knitalong blog:) for joining, e-mail me at crna.ofca+blog(at)gmail.com, or leave me PM on craftster, username crnaofca.
I think this knitalong could last whole winter, and by the end of it, I hope we will have tons of great patterns here, as well as lots of finished mittens and gloves.
That's all, TTFN :)