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A couple of knitting projects

Here are a couple of items I finished knitting recently.

My first pair of mittens
pattern: from Knitters Handy Book of Patterns
yarn: Jaeger Baby Merino DK washable wool, color "Lolly"
first mittens
A while back I bought a book on Selbuvotter, traditional Norwegian mittens. (If you go to the web site, check out the cat on the cover of the book.) I figured that if I were going to try knitting two-color mittens in tiny yarn, I should first knit a pair of one-color mittens in a larger size of yarn. I'm pretty happy with them, although as per usual with my first attempts at garments, the first one turned out too big so I knit the second one at a different size. I shocked a few people at the show this weekend by saying that. They said "You can't do that!" and told me I should have knit a third one. But I get pissed off trying to knit the second one the same size when I know it's going to be the wrong size for me and I know I'm not going to give it away because it's my first attempt at something. I guess I have no emotional discipline. :)

My first stranded knitting project
pattern: Stained Glass Hat from Blossom Knitwear (free pattern)
yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK
first stranded knitting - stained glass hat
The pattern tells you to use a variegated yarn for the second color to produce the "stained glass" effect, but I didn't do that. I knitted a couple of rows in the middle there using the wrong line of the pattern, but I am happy with the final result anyway. The only thing I'm not happy with is that the bind-off came out really huge and stretchy so the brim of the hat is floppy and turns up a bit showing the wrong side (and the wrong side of stranded garments is not pretty). I really like how the hat looks at me (it's sort of a cross between a pillbox and a pork pie) but haven't gotten a good photo yet.

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
ex_serenejo
Oct. 2nd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
I really like how the hat looks at me

Does it waggle its eyebrows? :-)

Just kidding; it's GREAT! I love the pattern a lot.
firecat
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's a Groucho Hat!

(Thanks!)
pir_anha
Oct. 2nd, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: A couple of knitting projects
of course you should knit the second one the right size! yuo're doing it for practice; trying to correct mistakes is a good thing. if you really wanted to, you could frog the first one and reknit it too, why knit a third one?

that pattern looks good even though you lost your place, *heh*.
firecat
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: A couple of knitting projects
I'm glad someone understands. :) (Frogging and reknitting is the same as knitting a third one, only with mussy yarn.)

Thanks!
aquaeri
Oct. 2nd, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
You've now done more stranded work than me (although I'm still well ahead in the gloves and mittens department :-) ). Good work.
firecat
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Stranding is fun! Thanks!
mjlayman
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've never done stranded knitting, but I used to do a lot of stranded crochet. One of the advantage of crochet is that you can carry the strand behind the other color stitches, so it's not out to be snagged.
firecat
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
It appears to work that way in knitting too, at least with the method I used.
lorres
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the peectures! And also the show comments.
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