Monday, April 27, 2009

Just Can't Get Enuff!


Just cannot get tired of admiring my hexagon blanket and already planning the next one!

I am so happy with the way this one turned out.







This is how I single crocheted the border. I laid the blanket up on a counter in the living room and crocheted around while standing up. No heavy heated blanket on my lap!



After I had done 1 row of single crochet and another of double crochet, I got the bright idea to to the last two rows at the same time.



Monday, April 20, 2009

Mitten Factory

Here is another pair of "hoot-less" mittens. I followed the pattern of Give-A-Hoot mittens omitting the cabled parts.


Close up of what the Finnish knitters call "Indian Thumb Gusset"




I did not really care for the 34 sts width of these. A little too wide even for my wide hands. I assume when you work the cabled part it would draw in the hand for a tighter fit.




Soooo.............

Inspired by Give-A-Hoot mittens I came up with these "Life Line" mittens.
I cut down the pattern to 32 sts wrist and body.
About 2-3 oz of worsted wt yarn and based on 32 sts for a snugger fit.
I'm calling them Life Line Mittens because the thumb gusset curves along the life line on your palm.

Recipe/Mods for Life Line Mittens

Inspired by Give-A-Hoot Mittens

About 2.5 – 3 oz of worsted wt yarn and needles to give you a gauge of 4 – 4 ½ sts per inch.

CO 32 sts, join in round and knit ribbing of our choice for 3.5”

Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Left Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1: K3, kfb next st, PM (place marker) K to end of row (33sts)
Rnds 2-9: Knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb of that stitch, slip marker and knit to end of round.
You should end of with 41 total stitches.

Next row; Knit 13, place next 11 sts on a holder, cast on 2 sts on right hand needle and knit to end of round. (32 sts)

Knit until top of mitten just clears your little finger. This was about 5” from the base of my palm or from the beginning of the stockinette part. I have short fingers, so you might want to knit more rows for longer fingers.


Mitten Top
1. (K2tog, K6) 4x – 28 sts
2. Knit this row and every even row.
3. (K2tog, K5) 4x – 24 sts
5. (K2tog, K4) 4x – 20 sts
7: (K2tog, K3) 4x – 16 sts
9: (K2 tog, K2) 4x – 12 sts
10: K2 tog across, break yarn, gather up

Thumb
From holder, pick up and knit 11 sts for thumb, 1 st in the corners and 2 sts at the base of thumb. (15 sts)
*On next round decrease at the corners so there are 13 sts total for thumb.
Divide on 3 needles and knit even about 2”.
Last row; knit 2 together across, break yarn and gather up.


Right Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1: K11, PM, kfb next st, K to end of row (33sts)
Rnds 2-9: Knit to marker, slip marker, kfb of next stitch, knit to end of round.
You should end of with 41 total stitches.

Next row; Place next 11 sts on a holder, cast on 2 sts on right hand needle and knit to end of round. (32 sts)
Knit body same as left hand mitten.



What's Next?
Having met puzzled out the new thumb gusset on one strand mittens, I've moved on to modifying my favorite 2 strand mitten pattern.

Red Rocks Mittens

#9 needles and 2 strands of knitting worsted
Thumb hole might be too large, I won't know yet until I work it.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hoot-Less Mittens

Or Mittens - Plain and Simple




Pattern: Give A Hoot Mittens


Yarn: 100% tapestry wool

This is a really cute pattern, but I left out the owls as they are considered a bad omen for the Lakota Sioux and many other tribes.
You can read more about it here.

So now you are wondering why did I knit these as they look so plain and simple.
The NEW (to me) thumb gusset! I found out on Ravelry that it's usually worked by Finnish knitters and is called an Indian thumb. Why, I don't know.

Anyway it seemed like an easier and neater thumb gusset than usual and now that I've tried it, I'll be using it on other mittens.


Close up of palm side

Okay so it was a small mitten and barely fit my hand, but you get the picture!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's Mittenz Time Again!

April 15th and it time to cast on for this year's Mittnz Blitz!

NINE pairs in 2009

All the roolz and other info are on Ann's blog. Click on the nifty Mittnz button on the sidebar.

Last year I made over 70 pairs and this year I challenge myself to make 100 pairs! That was my goal last year and I got close, but never made it.
Maybe this year?

Won't you come join us in making mittens? Even just one pair can warm some cold little hands, or bigger hands in South Dakota this winter.

If you want something really easy to knit on, just check out the different variations of garter stitch mittens knit sideways. Patterns on my pattern blog and links on the sidebar.

Try out the wristers! They're really easy and very, very quick to knit up.

Yup - wristers count, so do smaller thumbless mitts for the little ones.

I cast on 28 sts this morning!


















Size 4 double points, 28 sts and tapestry wool from a thrift store rescue.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Filling In The Gaps

I decided to "fill in the gaps" and make some half hexies for the sides.
I Googled around and looked at Ravelry hexagons, but could not find any thing that would work.

So here is my first attempt at a Half Hex














Now it looks ok, right? But when I joined it to the others it was kinda big.


Here is my second attempt.












This one is just right even if it does not look like it has a perfect fan shape.


Here is how they both look when joined to the main blanket.













See the one on the right and how it sticks out more?

This is how I made up the 2nd half hexie.

R1: 8 dc in a ring (however way you want to make the ring, I did a magic loop) Break yarn. DO NOT TURN

R2: Ch4, (2dc cluster in next DC, ch1) repeat 5x, ch1, dc in last dc. Break yarn do not turn.

R3: Ch3, dc in ch1 space, (ch1, 3dc’s in next ch 1 space) 5x, ch1, dc in ch1 space, dc in last dc. Break yarn.

R4: TURN hex motif to wrong side and start this row with a sc, ch2, (sc, ch3) 5x, ch2, sc in last stitch, TURN

R5: Ch4, 3dc in ch2 space, (3dc in next ch3 space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc in next ch 3 space) 2x, 3dc in next ch3 space, 3 dc in last ch2 space, dc in last dc.

Hopefully I typed this out right, but if in doubt you should look at the pictures.
Since I did not take a pic of the last row on the 2nd attempt, I do not have a model to go by. It fit so well I did not want to take if off the blanket ;)

So there might be an error on the last row - let me know :)

Which ever way you choose to make your half hexies fit is probably ok as long as they look good on your blanket!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Close But No Border Yet


My First Hexagon Blanket



No border yet and I dread having this heavy blanket on my lap but at least it is still mild weather. I'll probably just do several rows of single crochet, and maybe throw in one row of double crochet.

I was so excited to take a picture I forgot to remove the scissors! Can you see them in the lower right hand corner? I think they got lost in the riot of color these motifs create.

Also please excuse my lame attempt to highlight the blanket by playing around with Photoshop. I was too lazy to drag this blanket downstairs and lay it on the living room carpet where there is more room. I thought I'd spare you the messy details of the guest room :)

Hey sis - can you see the hexagons you made?

Mittenz 2009 is almost here - stay tuned for details!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Maybe Baby

Maybe my daughter might want this sweater for dear little granddaughter. It is really too cute!

Berry Brown Cardi

Pattern :PDF Link Apple Blossom Cardigan by Sarah Franklin

It's also a free Ravelry download.


Yarn is TLC Essential Multi in Berrybrown.

I can't believe I knit this up in just a few days and from one skein of TLC.

Max said the needles flew so fast, he could not catch them!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

One More Little FO

I finally finished my very boring k1, p1 scarf. I like it, just got bored knitting on it.




Next ribbed scarf will definitely be made on the Bond and then drop every other stitch to latch up. So much faster!

Still working on the Hexagon Blanket. I have 2 more sections to join and then the border.
I have to take a break as crocheting with this afghan on my lap is making my upper arms hurt. I think it's the join as you go method and the way you have to hold the blanket up to crochet around the other hexagons.
I thought about working it on a table, but then my back would be hurting.

I took a break for the day and worked on my taxes instead. Now that made my head hurt!

Max has no comment!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Getting Closer To Completion

This Hexagon Blanket is coming along very quickly. It's so much fun to just pull out a motif and join it up to the next set.

Since I did not want the full blanket laying on my lap, I decided to work it in sections. Below you see that I am almost done with the sections and then I have to join them with motifs in between. For that I'll have to have the whole thing on my lap, or I just might work it on a table.




Here's a close up of the sections - so much color!



And to answer Knitting Angel's question of how I choose my colors.

I just throw everything into a plastic bin and pull out the next color.
IF I don't really, really like the combination or if it's too close to the first color, then I allow myself to pull out another one.
I also tried to alternate light and dark motifs. Sometimes that worked, and sometimes it didn't.
All in all they're still combining very well.