Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on! This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.
A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border. These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both! The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads. The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!
The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.
When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib. It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.
I’ve been in love with the Possessed Printer Mitts pattern since the first time I saw them and even though I don’t have any of that crazy neon rainbow yarn in my stash, I knew I could find *something* worthy of the project.
This yarn popped into the picture because a) it’s been in my stash for…oh….4+ years? and b) I always knew I wanted it to be a pair of hand accessories, I just didn’t know what kind.
The pattern is a fun one to knit and, true to accessory-form, they’re pretty quick to make! Yes, even though there are two of them (no second-mitt syndrome here folks).
Originally, I’d planned on making my guy a hat, but after hanging out with him on a few chilly days, I learned that he had a “favorite” hat and there was no way I even wanted to pretend to compete with that. The next best thing? Knucks to match his “favorite” hat (he’d mentioned once how he thought mine were cool – gift idea stowed instantly). I used the same pattern, my Knick Knack Knucks pattern, to make his pair with a few modifications.
In order to match his hat as best I could, and in an effort to be sneaky about it, I based the patterning on this photo, zooming in as far as I could:
His hands are fairly similar in size to mine, so that was easy-ish as far as sizing the mitts went and I used Frog Tree yarn for the main part of the glove. I’d never used the yarn before, but it’s so soft and luxurious! Surely he’ll love them, no? The contrasting colors were stash yarns.
I didn’t have enough to knit two mitten flaps out of the red so I knit them using the white/grey as the main color and I really like the contrast!
I also gave him thumb flaps so he can use his phone with the mitts on if he wants to, that’s one thing my mitts don’t have and sometimes I wish they did. I added little dark grey buttons to the wrist bands, wove in some ends and they were done! More Ravelry details here.
Again, the only thing I had to stress over was whether or not they would fit.
Are you doing a Christmas gift round up yet? I want to see what everyone else made 😀
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These knucks have been a project, that’s for sure. I’ve blogged about them here, here and even here (they went on that trip with me, after which they became MIA for some time).
I will be shipping them off to the customer this week and my biggest worry at the moment is that they fit. He has rather large man-hands and I believe my gauge may have lied to me some, the knucks aren’t quite as big as I had hoped for.
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This week I’m really just sharing more of the progress from last week, not very much mind you. I was out of town and have been very busy with classes lately, but I did have some knitting time in the car and a bit in class the other day.
I like the way the colors are coming together although the pooling seems to be getting a bit big for me, but its not a deal-breaker. My main concern is that these gloves be large enough. I’m kind of worried that they’ll be too small and I really hope that’s not the case, but I’m going to keep plugging through and hope for the best 😀
Ok, so this will be a quick post as I must get back to a paper I’m writing for one of my Psychology classes.
I’ve only got one leetle WIP right now:
see? I told you it was leetle. This guy and what’s left of the skein will become a pair of knucks for a fly fishing friend of mine. The colors were chosen to represent his favorite kind of trout and I do hope he likes it 🙂
I don’t have a WIP today, but I do have a new pattern!
The Knick Knack Knucks pattern has finally been published 😀 You can find it on Ravelry or in my Etsy Shop.
Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers can intermingle and share their warmth with each other, but they aren’t exactly practical when it comes to doing things that involve your fingers. These convertible knucks give you the best of both worlds: the warmth of mittens with the functionality of gloves in the form of a removable mitten flap.
These would be a great project to use up that single* skein of sock yarn you have in your stash as well as a quick gift knit for a friend or relative (*please note that some knitters do need two skeins for the smaller size, so you might want two just to be safe). Just another simple layer to add to your wardrobe, these knucks will become a fast favorite and you’ll be hard pressed to adventure into the cold without them.
Sizes: S/M (L/XL)
Finished Measurements: to fit hands with a palm circumference S/M (6 to 7.5-inch), L/XL (7.5 to 9-inch) (the ribbing around the wrist helps it to fit a variety of wrist sizes)
Welcome back to another FO Friday! I didn’t get a chance to share last week because of Snowpocalypse, so this week I’m sharing those projects and the one(s) from this week too.
I made a shift knob cover for a friend’s car:
Since its been so cold down here, my friend was complaining about how cold his shift knob was when we went to drive to work in the morning and asked if I could make him a cover for it to match the colors of his car. I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, it only took me an hour or so to make and I totally winged the pattern with only how the shift knob felt in my hand for sizing reference.
I finished that replacement beanie:
Another project I’m quite pleased with. I picked up some needles to finish the hat while I was in Albuquerque couch-hopping this past weekend and finished the hat in no time. Finally my head is graced with the warmth and softness of baby alpaca once again.
I finished a pair of knucks for myself:
I don’t know if you all know this, but riding a scooter to school makes your hands very cold, and my old gloves just weren’t cutting it. I made a pair of these for my friend for Christmas, wrote up the pattern and made these for myself. Pattern coming soon 😀 Promise!
And I finished a hat for my Aunt:
This took me…maybe….3 or 4 hours. Not long at all, and it will be on its way to her shortly. I hope she loves it!
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Welcome back for another WIP Wednesday! Want to join in? Head on over to Tami’s blog to share your own projects.
This week, I’m in the middle of making myself a pair of Knucks, following my currently-being-test-knit pattern. The first set I made went to a friend for Christmas and my hands are just so cold and I had enough of the yarn left over to make some for myself.
I really hope to have this pattern released in the next few weeks, just as soon as I find the time to make the edits that were suggested by one of my fabulous test knitters, MrsMouse.