Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Very small mittens
Disclaimer: I did not choose these colors. The intended recipient did, and seems quite pleased with them.
Details: my own pattern, using KnitPicks Swish Superwash DK in "Terra Cotta" and "Cranberry." Knit on KnitPicks wooden 16" circulars in size 5. Gauge is about 5.5 stitches per inch and 5 rows per inch.
What I've learned: the yarn is quite nice. The needles are a hoot - just looking at the colors in the wood always makes me smile. They're grabby, which is exactly what I need when working with something so fiddly as a child's mitten. My tension has gotten a lot more consistent with practice, although getting the thumb to look really good still eludes me.
I like the way the border goes around the thumb instead of cutting it off; it looks rather like a cookie cutter or a traced outline.
Mitten #2 is still under construction: same pattern and colors, but colors reversed and thumb on the other side, of course.