Sunday, December 29, 2013
this morning i decided that i wanted to make some mittens. years ago i used to knit a LOT of mittens, and i knew i had a stash of sport weight yarn upstairs, so up i went. looking through the yarn i realized that my taste in colors has changed over the years, and i couldn't find anything for what i had in mind, but i do have a very colorful niece and i think she will love some colorful mittens!
i'm using a combination of designs from swedish and latvian mitten books. i have made many of the patterns in these books and can recommend them both, if they're still in print that is! it's so fun to choose colors and patterns, and from the latvian book i've done a scalloped edge. it's not hard. if you can knit and purl, you can do these mittens. with double-knitting or fairisle knitting i think the most important thing to be aware of is not to carry your yarn at the back too tightly. otherwise you just follow a graph, which is very simple. some of the designs are very complicated, but others, like the ones on these mittens, are simple to remember. if you have been wanting to try something like this, it's REALLY not hard. you can do it!
also, i'm using size 2 double pointed needles. i used to do these on size 0 (!), which really does make a nicer mitten, but the 2's are fine.
hope you're enjoying your sunday!