Friday, June 23, 2006

Latest Sideways Mitten Pattern

Well I tweaked and tweaked and finished the pattern for a longways version.
These are very similar to the original pattern, but you increase before and after the markers.
I couldn't make up my mind whether to include the short rows or not, so I left notes to explain how to do them or not.

Short rows gather the mitten in at the wrist and fit nicely. Not working the short rows is easiest, but you get a bigger wrist. Both fit my wide-boned thick wrists, so try them both.

The finished mitten! Pattern on my sidebar.




Here is how the longways version looks after I bind off and get ready to start the thumb.




Here is how I close the gap when you place the last bound off stitch back on the left hand needle. I knit the thumb stitches, the last bound off stitch and then pick up a stitch from underneath this stitch and knit it together with the next st.




Here is how I add on extra stitches for a longer cuff without changing the stitch counts. I just place markers to differentiate between the extra stitches and the original stitches.



Any questions - holler!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another Way To Knit Sideways Mittens

How about like this?



I knit these all the way across, omitted the short rows and worked the thumb last.
You can see the increases for the mitten tip in the center.
I've also added 5 more stitches to make a cuff.

Here is how one looks ready to seam up on the sides. Can't really get away with no seaming, unless one did a 3 needle bind-off, but that's getting too complicated and I like to keep these simple.



Not sure if omitting the short rows is a good idea, so I am working up another pair with the short rows.
More on those tomorrow.
I'll be adding the new version to my sidebar as soon as I decide which one I prefer.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Mitten Experimenting

I'm on my 6th mitten! I'm experimenting with my Sideways pattern and trying to knit a version with less seaming.
In this one I worked the thumb portion first and then went on to do side one and continued on to side two.
But when I started side two I tried picking up each stitch at the end of the first side and knit them together thereby joining the tips - no seaming!






The pattern for these will be available in my Ravelry Store in a few days.