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Wonderland Fingerless Mitts

August 2, 2011

Another Christmas FO!  I’m knocking these out and have about 6 more to go, I think. It’s funny to be sitting around in 90 degree heat, knitting things up for winter. These are another pair of fingerless mittens designed by Jenn Wisbeck.  I knitted two of her designs now, and I love both of them.

For this pair, I stuck with using Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light.  The pattern called for a fingering weight yarn, but when I looked at the gauge, I knew I couldn’t get it with a fingering weight yarn – the mittens would be too small.  I know a get a gauge of about 7 stitches to an inch in two stranded colorwork when I use a DK weight yarn on #2 needles, so that’s what I used.  And my gauge was right on.  I love these mittens so much, it will be hard to give them up!

Pattern:  Wonderland
Needles: US#2 circular, using Magic Loop
Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, in Winter White and Rose Spice
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Treescape Fingerless Mittens

July 26, 2011

We’ve been traveling a lot lately and I’ve taken full advantage of the plane and car time to knit.  I started these fingerless mittens for one of my nieces on the plane out to Portland, Oregon and I worked on them every time we were in the car out there and driving up to Seattle.  I absolutely love these mittens and it may be very hard to part with them!

The pattern is Jenn Wisbeck’s “Treescape” Mittens and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why there isn’t  anyone on Ravelry who has knit them!  What’s up with that?  They are so adorable and fun to knit.  The only problem in my knitting them was that, although the pattern photos of the mittens show a light background and dark motif color, and that’s what I knitted, the actual pattern chart is a dark background and light motif.  This was confusing and I constantly had to tink back if I wasn’t paying close attention.  I always had to remember that the white squares were the dark color.  Anyone have a solution for that?  I wish I could have copied the chart someway and reversed the lights and darks.

I knit them up with Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light, one of my favorite yarns.  It’s so soft and warm, with the alpaca added to the wool. I used a #2 circular needle, using my favorite Magic Loop method.  I know my niece will love them when I give them to her at Christmas.

Pattern:  Treescape
Needles:  #2, circular needle, Addi Lace
Yarn:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Star Sapphire & Winter White
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Pink Flocked Mittens

June 2, 2011

I’m continuing on with my Christmas knitting, and I’m not slowing down for summer!  I’ve just finished these lovely things – lined mittens for one of my sisters-in-law.  These are Adrian Bizilia’s “Flocked Mittens” and they are a lot of fun to knit.

I lined them with super thick Brushed Suri in a cotton candy pink color – they make the mitten so warm.  I knitted these using Magic Loop and because the pattern calls for a worsted weight, they knit up fairly quickly.  A welcome change after knitting with so much fingering weight yarn for a while there.

The pattern calls for a braided edge, which I love, but in the pattern it was done in one color.  I changed it to two colors, which I think is more striking.  If you do that, be sure to make the previous row a k1 MC, k1 CC instead of just one color, so the first row of the braided edge is correct.

They also have a picot edge which is a nice detail.

These mittens should be knit in a light color and a dark color, for strong contrast.  If you don’t the pattern isn’t going to show up well.

Pattern:  Flocked Mittens
Needles: US #4 , circular, Addi Lace
Yarn for Mittens:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Pastel Pink and Duncan
Yarn for Lining:  Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri in Pink Lemonade 
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Andalus Mittens

April 11, 2011

Spring has sprung but I am busy at work on my Big Project – knitting something for everyone in my family by next Christmas (that’s about 15 people).  I love two stranded colorwork and when I saw these Andalus Mittens, I knew I would be knitting them.   I am knitting these for my mother-in-law because she really likes mittens.

These are knitted up in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, one of my favorite yarns.  I selected the colors that I know my MIL likes to wear – copper and black.  The copper color is called “Tiger’s Eye” and it has some interesting flecks in it.

I wanted to add some green to the mittens, but instead of knitting in little stitches, I used Duplicate Stitch to add the green after the mittens were knitted.  I blogged about that technique here.

 

I knitted the lining for these mittens in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, color “Fern”.  You can see how the lining is knit by picking up the stitches along the inside of the cuff :

Pattern: Andalus Mittens
Needle: US #2
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (Black, Tiger’s Eye, Pea Soup)
Lining: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Fern)
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I’ve seen so many beautiful new fun knits on the web lately and I wanted to share a couple with  you. Have you seen Jared Flood’s new shawl, Rock Island?  Knitters are all talking about it because it is so exquisite.  He teamed up with Lorna’s Laces and they made a new colorway, Grand Street Ink,  according to his specifications for this shawl. Check out the KAL over at Ravelry that’s been started for it.  I wish I could do it, but I’ve got all these Christmas gifts I want to knock out.

Look at these beautiful mittens for spring, designed by Kirsten of “Through the Loops”.  I fell in love with them the minute I saw them and immediately put them in my favorites on Ravelry.

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More Magic Loop

March 30, 2011

Work continues on the Andalus Mittens for my MIL.  I had frogged the first lining, the Brushed Suri, because it was too thick and bought some Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is working out great.  I love the apple green color.  I’m not holding it double, and it’s working out to be a fine lining.

I’m working these mittens on Magic Loop, which I love.  I’m even doing the thumbs that way!

 

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Spartan Mittens

March 28, 2011

I’m trying to knit everyone in the family something for next Christmas and I’m starting now!  There will be about 15 people that I want to knit something for and I hope I can do it.  These Spartan Mittens are for my mother-in-law, who is going to get two pair of mittens – one lined and one not.  She likes mittens.  She is also an Michigan State fan and the colors are dark green and white.

These mittens are knit up with a yarn that is made right here in Michigan, Shepherd’s Wool at Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan.  It’s a worsted weight and comes in tons of beautiful colors.  The yarn is very soft and so nice to work with.

This particular pattern, Tweed Mittens, by Nichole Reese is a great knit – it looks like you’re stranding, but you’re just slipping stitches.  Love that!  And the mittens are lofty and thick.  I knit these using my beloved Magic Loop technique.

Pattern: Tweed Mittens
Yarn: Shepherd’s Wool
Needles: US #7 Circular
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Frogged Lining

March 26, 2011

Well, I’ve done it again.  I’ve chosen a  yarn that’s too thick to line my mittens WIP with.  Oh, well.  Part of knitting is being willing to rip out.  I’m knitting these Andalus Mittens for my MIL for Christmas next year (yes, I’m working on Christmas gifts already)  and I lined them with Rowan Kidsilk Aura, a worsted weight yarn.  It just was too thick for that mitten size, so I’m ripping it out and ordering some Kidsilk Haze, which is a lace weight.  It also comes in a pretty apple green color and should work fine.  The question is: should I hold it double or knit it single for the lining?  On my Northman Mittens, I held it double but I’m not sure if that will be thin enough for these  mittens.

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