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Slouchy Mitts

January 22, 2012

I saw some mitts earlier this year in the Sundance catalog and clipped them out.  I thought, “gee, I could really make those so easily”.  The only thing I feared was the stripes – I have a loathing of weaving in ends. That’s why I don’t knit stripey things – I do mostly two color stranded work. And since I am knitting my Granny Stripes Blanket at the same time, I have really put myself to the test.  That blanket has some serious ends to weave in.

Sundance Catalog Mitts

I probably didn’t even need a pattern but thought I would look on Ravelry to see if there was anything similar.  Sure enough, there was – “The Ultimate Fingerless Mitts” by Erica Lueder.  I used the pattern as a guide and kind of did my own thing with it.

I looked through my fingering weight stash and came up with some similar colors, mostly in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine. I liked the greens because I thought they would go with my Stockholm Scarf.

First of all, the pattern calls for casting on 60 stitches.  I did that but it soon became apparent that was going to be a little too big, so I decreased right down to 50 stitches.  This is what I cast on for the second mitten and it was just right.  Of course, I knit them using Magic Loop instead of DPNs.  Those days are over.

Also, the mittens in the catalog used 1×1 ribbing for the entire length of the forearm.  I debated about doing that and decided to just do pure stockinette stitch.  I would still be interested in knitting a pair and using the ribbing and see if I liked that any better.

I really like these mittens.  I like the rolled stockinette ends a lot.  Since they are knit in a fingering weight and without any stranded colorwork, they are a light mitten and will be for milder weather.

Pattern:  The Ultimate Fingerless Mitts
Needle:  #2 Addi Lace 32″ Circular
Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Black, Pea Soup, Salt & Pepper, Peat Mix
and Yarn Hollow Bitty in Jade
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Granny Stripes Blanket WIP

January 1, 2012

My secret Christmas knitting is over and so I started something for myself right before Christmas.  I’ve had this Granny Stripe Blanket in my Ravelry favorites for a while and I was just itching to get to it.  My husband has commented sometimes that we don’t have any kind of quilt or throw back in our bedroom if someone wants to take a nap.  Perfect time to correct that.  I just had a hard time deciding between making this blanket or the African Flower Hexagon Blanket  or the Skipping Stones Afghan.  I made a couple of test African Flower Hexagons and decided there was too much color switching and ends to weave in and I didn’t want to mess around with sewing together all those hexagons.  The Granny Stripes just seemed like such a good mindless piece to make.  I don’t ever crochet, so this is kind of fun.   I’ll post photos when it’s done!

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