Thursday, March 04, 2010
My Favorite Mittens
Cascade Eco in grey and white. Pattern based on the mitten specs for a 5 stitch to the inch gauge in Ann Budd's Handy Book of Knitted Patterns. A corrugated rib cuff, based on the Komi mittens in Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens. Double-stranded Fair Isle designs for the hand portion and thumb.
If you look closely, you'll notice that both mittens start with an alternating block pattern, then deviate to different designs, which come both from Schurch's chapter on reticulated patterns in Sensational Knitted Socks and Colorwork Stitches, the Harmony guide to colorwork. Very fun to work on: I just chose a pattern and then winged it, not worrying about where the repeat fell or if it was off-center. I added a vertical row of each color at the edge of palm and back of hand, so that I wasn't carrying the non-working color for more than 3 or 4 stitches to the next needle.
My favorite part of the project was this not-fussing. Since finishing these, I've been trying to knit a second pair with Cascade Eco that I hand-dyed. And can't recreate the mittens: this time I'm doing way too much thinking about the pattern and the gauge and the vertical-striped margins, and it's just not working.