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Pattern procrastination

September 23, 2010

Many knitters have a tendency towards startitis. For me, it seems ingrained.  I have an entire canvas shelf unit full of WIPs.  And it has now extended towards the patterns I’ve been writing.  So, here and now, I am outlining the patterns that I have half written up, or which need extra sizes making, or which need more test knitting to improve them to shame myself into finishing them.  If I look like I’m experimenting with anything else new and shiny before I write up at least one of these, I will need shouting at.

The patterns are –

DM Bootees – these were waiting around until I could find some resource to make different sizes. I don’t have access to any baby feet to measure on a day to day basis.  I have since found this and this so I have to get going on them again to make the different sizes.  I also want to do something different with the back since I’ve seen the original pair  modelled.

Convertible mittens – these are the mittens with the flip-top hands and thumbs. I made elbow length ones as part of the Ravelympics, but now I want to make a shorter, simpler version in a heavier weight wool. I have bought some lovely Malabrigo worsted for this very purpose this evening.

Hourglass cable hat – the cable motif is the same as on the original convertible mittens, but at a much larger scale, due to the thickness of the yarn.  I’ve made one. I need to finish off the refined version and hand the pattern over to the test knitter.

Simple cable rib hat – see this swatch?

It did actually turn into a complete hat shortly after I made it.  Not entirely happy with the working of the crown, so it needs some refinements. But it’s very nearly there.

Pleated wrap top – this is my current project.  And it’s going quite well.  All the notes are in the notebook.  I must make the commitment to write it up properly this time.


Refining the flip-top mitten

May 10, 2010

I’ve been playing about with variations on the flip-top mitten.

It all started out when I decided to make the long woollen gloves from Veronik Avery’s Knitting Classic Style. I decided to make them a bit longer so they were opera glove length and would keep my arms warm in my fake leopard coat which has arms not much past elbow length.

And I decided to make them over a Christmas trip to visit my sister in Coventry.  I’d managed to memorise the lace pattern on the arms and had knitted up to the thumb split on the first glove by the time I left.  And forgot to take the pattern with me.  Now, my fabulous and precocious 7 year old niece saw this as no reason to stop knitting them. Ever one to rise to a challenge, I decided to adapt them to flip-top mittens with flip-top thumbs.  Here they are –

I wore them for a bit, the colour is fantastic, but they weren’t perfect. The pattern seemed designed for fat thumbs, so that needed sorting out. The flip top of the thumb wasn’t really long enough so kept flipping back. The hand was too wide. The lace on the arms wasn’t too warm.

So, when Ravelympics came around, I decided to do a design project and perfect the flip-top thumb gloves.  These were knitted on 3mm needles using some very lovely Artesano Alpaca 4 ply. And here’s the end result

The gloves have an enclosed cable design up the arm, they make me think of caged hourglasses. The hand and thumb are much narrower than the previous pair

The flip-top on the thumb is much longer so more successful than the previous pair. The ribbing for the cuff of the hand is longer than previously, making the hand fit more tightly.

I inserted a ribbed panel on the inner wrist so that the wrist would fit more closely, and not stretch out when putting the hand through it.

All in all, these ones were a huge success. I don’t know why more flip-top mittens don’t have flip-top thumbs. They make you so much more dextrous.

Pattern is mostly written up – just need to take some better pictures for it.

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