Monday, October 22, 2007

Warm and Wonderful Mitts

Kelly's Mittens

I had just 100 grams of this lovely soft 2 ply handspun. It is wool and mohair from "Warm and Wonderful". This is the link but it seems to be temporarily down.
Her mittens were stiff and scratchy but the yarn was so nice that I bought it anyway. I thought it might be a gauge thing and I was right. As soon as I loosened the gauge up, the soft fuzzy nature of the yarn came out.
So here is my adjusted pattern. I took this from several sources...combined to make it my own.

"Warm and Wonderful" No Ribbing Bulky Mitts

Needles - 5mm
Gauge - 13 stitches to 4 inches/10cm, 16 rows to 4 inches/10 cm.

Right Mitten

CO24 stitches.

I used a long tail cast on to give it a bit of a chain look at bottom. Join in the round and place a marker to show beginning of round.

Knit 12 rows.

Increases for thumb.
Row 1 - K2, place marker, M1, K2, M1, place marker, knit to end of round. (26 stitches).
Row 2/4/6/8/10- knit
Row 3 - K2, slip marker, M1, K4, M1, slip marker, knit to end of round. (28 stitches).
Row 5 - K2, slip marker, M1, K6, M1, slip marker, knit to end of round. (30 stitches).
Row 7 - K2, slip marker, M1, K8, M1, slip marker, knit to end of round. (32 stitches).
Row 9 - K2, slip marker, M1, K10, M1, slip marker, knit to end of round. (34 stitches).

Row 11 - K2, remove marker and put 12 thumb stitches on waste yarn or stitch holder. CO 2 stitches on right needle using backward loop method (as in Elizabeth Zimmerman style cast on).
Knit to end of round.

Knit 12 rounds plain.

And somewhere in this section I added another marker at exactly 12 stitches from the one marking the beginning of the round. So I would line up the finger tip decreases. This also brought the mitt to the end of the pinky finger.

Fingertip decreases -
Row 1 - k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1. (20 stitches)
Row 2 - knit plain
Row 3 - k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1. (16 stitches)
Row 4 - knit plain
Row 5 - k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1. (12 stitches)
Row 6 - k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1. (6 stitches)

This is just a basic decrease method that I use for mittens and socks. Feel free to substitute your favorite decreases.

Cut yarn and thread through the remaining 6 stitches, tighten up hole and fasten off.

Replace 10 thumb stitches to needles and pick up 2 stitches from CO2 stitches. Place marker.
( I actually picked up 1 extra from a holey area so I wouldn't have holes. Then I got rid of the extra stitch next round.)
Knit 5 rounds.
Round 6 - *k2tog, k1* to end of round. (8 stitches).
Round 7 - *k2 tog, k1* to end of round. (4 stitches).
Cut yarn and thread through the 4 stitches. Tighten hole and fasten off.

Left mitten

CO 24 stitches and knit 12 rounds.

Increases for thumb.
Row 1 - K20, place marker, M1, K2, M1, place marker, k2. (26 stitches).
Row 2/4/6/8/10- knit
Row 3 - K20, slip marker, M1, K4, M1, slip marker, k2. (28 stitches).
Row 5 - K20, slip marker, M1, K6, M1, slip marker, k2. (30 stitches). Row 7 - K20, slip marker, M1, K8, M1, slip marker, k2. (32 stitches).
Row 9 - K20, slip marker, M1, K10, M1, slip marker, k2. (34 stitches).

Knit 12 rounds plain and finish as per right mitten.

I know this is just a basic mitten. But I couldn't find one exactly as I had it in my head with the numbers I needed. So here is my offering to the knitting cyber space.

I've checked it over a few times and can't seem to find any mistakes. If you have problems or corrections, contact me.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

More finished objects

Some finished objects and some new yarns.

Lang Super Sox

Col # 630.0080


I really like the blues, grays and rusts. I already blogged about a really icky surprise ball from Ram Wools. It was in oranges, beige and browns. And I guess I can eat my words. The yarn is actually quite nice and I am starting to like the colours. I still don't like the price (with shipping it was almost $25...books were out of stock). This yarn was 100g for $15. I can live with that price for a pair of plain vanilla socks.

Colinette Jitterbug

Col #48 Florentina

100g=267m Love the purples.

Katia Mexico

Col #5852

50g=98yds x2balls

Now this one was a bit weird. I had all intentions of making this into mittens for Kelly but I knit 1 mitten up and it had really wide stripes, some almost 2 inches long. I started the other mitten with the other ball (didn't necessarily want them to be exact but at least fraternal). Stripes turned out to be narrow, none more than 2 rows wide. Now that isn't even close to fraternal as far as I'm concerned. Should have taken pics before I ripped them out in disgust. So now it's back in the stash bins. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet. Maybe I'll try a toddler hat and mittens, something that I can use the wide and narrow striping on. Bought at a close out sale and of course, no refunds.


Multidirectional Scarf

Done with some Red Heart Shetland Chunky in Blue Jean

Variegated. I'm sorry but I like this yarn and this colour. I had another scarf that I had done in Tunisian Crochet years ago that I really liked. When I found a couple of leftover balls in my stash, I just knew that I need to make another one. Found this pattern to show off the variegation.

Pattern can be found at

Felted Stadium Seat Cover

This blanket started out as one from the Classic Elite website. The pattern is no longer there (I emailed them, the yarn was discontinued). It was originally done in 2 colours, alternating stripes. I had a bunch of leftover Briggs and Little 2 ply wool that I wanted to use up. I wasn't fussy about the feel of this yarn for hats and socks and mittens. I know a lot of people like it but it felt coarse to me. So I randomly striped everything I wanted to get rid of. It was just 50 stitches on size 8mm needles. A 4' icord was also made for the roll tie. I knitted everything I had and wound up with about 24" x 65". Felted it came out a perfect seat size. 18" x 48". Just right for 2 people on a cold bench.


Easy Lace Baby Blanket

From this site

I love simple garter stitch for watching hockey games or driving in the car and this pattern fit the bill. I used 4 balls of Bernat Lollipop Ombre Col #3088, that I had bought at a closeout sale at Lens Mills. 3.5mm needles.

The lace edging was to be knit and then sewn on, but I dislike seaming. Pick up stitches all the way around blanket. And then attach one live blanket stitch to each edging stitch. I think I actually did 1 live blanket stitch to 1 row edging, then 2 live blanket stitches to 1 edging so it would lay flatter. As it got closer to the corners, I did a few short rows to get 1 extra repeat on each side of the corner and make it lay flat as it turned. Not sure if this makes sense.

#69 Pink and Red Kroy socks

Some "Fancy Free" from my stash. Just basic thick warm socks. I love this Kroy for my arena socks. It's really warm without it being boot socks. And thin enough to fit in my shoes or Berks.


#72 Monkey socks

Done with Opal handpainted using a picot edge.

#74 Black Fortissima socks

'Nuther basic boring sock to give away for Christmas. It actually looks nicer in real life. The blacks and blues will make nice jean socks.

I actually did up my stast totals and I am at 95.6% of my original stash. My sock yarn is higher (couldn't resist some new sock yarns on line). But I got rid of a lot of boring stuff with the felted blanket. So

New stash totals

114086.47 yds /35159 grams

Sock yarn included in above totals

21511.03 yds (12.22 miles) / 5201g (11.45 lbs)

I think I will have to relook at my sock stash totals. If the average ball is 100g, this says I have 52 pairs worth. No way do I have that much sock yarn in 2 boxes. So back to recheck my totals.