FO Friday Mum’s Mittens

Mum's Mittens

Mum's Mitten


Pattern: Adapted from Anna Zilbourg’s Fancy Feet

Needles: US 4, 3.5 mm

Yarn: White is Classic Elite Yarns Classic One Fifty; Red is a mystery ball given to me at a guild meeting sometime.

Started: December 11th 2009

Finished: January 4th 2010


The great thing is that they match Mum’s coats.  The bad news is that she is worried about losing them so she doesn’t wear them.

The mittens were worked top down with waste yarn for the thumb, which was knitted top down and grafted in after wards.  The palms had the same pattern as you can see in the thumb:

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

I had hoped to knit them inside out (purl stitches out) but instinct took over and the rest, as they say, is history.

WIP Wednesday: Mitten and Sock

Since Christmas, wherever I have been cold weather has followed. From freezing in England to snow, ice, and freezing winds  in the US, I have only just started to warm up.  This has obviously influenced my knitting, which is currently focused on warming up my extremities, such as my hands.  Here is a mitten:

Longwool Mitten

Longwool Mitten

Over in England, when I visited IKnit I bought two balls of Wensleydale Longwool, which is yarn from the same sheep that make the milk that is the main ingredient in one of my favorite cheeses.  I knew the yarn would be too itchy for my feet so I decided to try top-down mittens, making up the design as I go. While the first one came out well, I shall be making a few changes to the next one. The thumb will be moved into the hand a little bit, so that the mitten top is not twisted when worn.

Yesterday, I was feeling unwell so I stayed home and started a sock:

Stripped Toe Down Socks

Stripped Toe Down Socks

This is made from stash yarn.  Free stash yarn, as many years ago Knit Picks sent it to me as a gift for being a good customer.  The needles are Kollage Yarns’ Square needles, which claim to be easy on your hands and wrists.

Kollage Needles are Square!

Kollage Needles are Square!

Knitting is going very smoothly,  especially the magic loop cast which worked first time. Since usually it takes me three or four goes to get it right, I shall give the needles credit as their clear points allowed me to pick up stitches easily.

The sock is going to be worked in stockinette as the yarn is too colorful to hold a design.  For the heel, I am using the short row heel from Interlocking Leaves.  Despite having knitted Interlocking Leaves I did not get to knit the heel exactly as instructed.  I had to change the pattern due to my loose gauge. Unfortunately when I got the heel, I could not work out what was meant to happen so, I fudged it.  This time, I have the right number of stitches so I can follow directions. Hopefully, I shall understand what is happening, so that next time I shall be able to modify the heel directions for different gauges and sock sizes. I also need to adjust the leg so that it fits my slender ankles and does not falling down.  Perhaps if I start decreasing directly after the heel?  Hmm.

Fetching Finished

I have another cold!  I make that three this winter – one of which lasted over three weeks.  I am frustrated because when I have a cold I cannot sing.  Still, I’ve enjoyed lying around and knitting if only I could do it without coughing, coughing and coughing. Yuck.

I now have one fingerless mitten – this is Fetching from Knitty. I did the right hand first as I had gauge issues with the left but to confuse you it is shown in the photo on my left hand as that was easier to photograph.

I made it with Brook Farm Yarns Kid Mohair stranded with Koigu 415 or 451. The last inch is a different color to the rest as I did not have enough of Koigu 415. It might explain why my gauge goes off again.