Saturday, November 19, 2005

knit, frog, knit, frog, ...

The mittens for my sister-in-law were supposed to be easy. First, they are mittens. I have knit mittens many, many times. Second, the two-color pattern couldn't be easier. I memorized it before I even cast on- all it took was a couple of glances. So, why was I glad that I decided to knit these out of sturdy shetland wool that can be knit and ripped several times without showing the wear?

1. I started out on 80 stitches. After about a quarter of an inch, it looked way too big. I ripped.

2. I cast on 60 stitches and got started. That seemed to be a good number. I started on the two-color pattern and realized that the blue and red have NO contrast with the purple. I ripped.

3. I again cast on 60 stitches and started with some different color combinations. I decided to take some liberty with my instructions to make purple the main/background color. The colors looked a bit better, but now the mitten was way too small. I ripped.

4. I went back to casting on 80 stitches, and started knitting with the most recent color combinations. The size was good, but after a few inches I decided I didn't like some of the color combinations. I ripped out a couple of inches and changed the order of the color combinations.

5. I finished the hand part of the first mitten. I love it! All along, I thought I was going to hate these mittens. But I think they turned out great. And I think the recipient will like them too. Now for mitten #2. Then they get cuffs and thumbs.


At 5:40 PM, Anonymous grumperina said...

You're right - those came out great! I like the color combinations, and I think from a distance there's just enough contrast!

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous diana said...

Gorgeous! They look great!

At 6:34 PM, Blogger June said...

Perseverence is your middle name! Great work.

I learned a "camera trick" for contrast - take a photo of the yarns in b/w, you can judge contrast without being distracted by colors.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Jofrog said...

Phew! That was one long haul, I can't believe that it ended in a completed (mostly) mitten! Way to go!

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

All good projects have to have a few false starts I find. It's definitely worth it in the end. The mittens are looking great!


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