Monday, 17 September 2012
Making Monday: mitts
It all went quite quickly once I did a bit of arithmetic and got the chart sorted out in my head. I'm not great at following charts - not cable/lace ones anyway, Fair Isle ones are no bother - and there was a certain amount of head-scratching and thinking it through before it made sense. Having said that, when I got to putting the thumb stitches onto the wool scrap I found I'd ended up a stitch short on the hand somehow..
I've also made the mitts a bit longer than the pattern suggests, partly through misreading the pattern, but actually that's fine because I like a longer cuff and I have biggish hands so the longer the palm part the better really.
The cable and lace panel was, in a way, more straightforward than I was expecting providing I concentrated and didn't panic - 'What? I have to do cables and lace and an increase for the thumb gusset all in the same row?' It was all a bit like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at one point, while holding three DPNs and a cable needle and shuffling stitch markers of course. The wool (Yarn Yard Clan, 100% merino) is very smooth, almost like cotton, so at times I felt I'd have got on better with a more 'grippy' wool, but I think the smoothness works well with showing off the cable/lace panel. Or will once it's blocked anyway. It looks a bit wonky at the moment.
So now to cast on the second one!