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Posts Tagged ‘fingerless mitts’

Dashings Done, but Yet to be Delivered

Posted by mtmom on March 14, 2010

Sock Madness has kicked off with my Simple Side to Side Socks pattern for Round 1!  It has been really mad, trying to keep up with all the discussion on Ravelry.  Lots of questions, several finishers, some complaints, some compliments . . . .  On Ravelry’s listing of “new and popular” patterns, this sock has been vacillating between slots #3 and #4 for number of WIP’s.

I’d rather write today about finishing the Dashing fingerless mitts.

They began around 19 Jan.  Intended recipient, young bagpiper Michael Donelson, tried on the first mitt on 13 Feb and asked that the top be narrowed.  I worked the second mitt differently above the thumb (triangle of decreases) and then altered the first to match it.  As of 6 March, both are done and I’m waiting for him to pick them up — with it being so near to St. Patrick’s Day, his pipe bands (yes, plural!) are keeping him very busy.

Michael's hand, trying on mitt #1

Smile ladies! He's young, talented, and single. . . .

my hand, showing narrowed top

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Gifts: Outgoing and Incoming

Posted by mtmom on December 27, 2009

I am so glad I limited my goals for gift-knitting this year!  Come Monday before Christmas (12/21) I was done and could turn my attention elsewhere, and not miss the “holi” of the holi-day; could take some time to decompress.  I didn’t try to make something for everyone, but did make some nice things for a few close friends and extended-family members.  The ribbed hat was VERY much appreciated; the neck-scarf and mitts I haven’t heard back about yet, but I hope to.  I took some photos of “the thumb trick” on the second mitt, to show you.

Right mitt has thumb. Left mitt has scrap yarn knitted in, where the thumb will now go.

Scrap yarn picked out and freed stitches picked up with dpns. I'll knit around the hole with new yarn.

Thumb is knit for 4 rounds and bound off (in purl, to reduce curling).


Yarn is Debbie Bliss “Merino Aran” in charcoal.

Needles are Brittany Birch double-points in US size 6 (4 mm).  These are smaller needles than one would usually use with an aran-weight yarn; the purpose for that choice is to achieve a firmer fabric than you’d want in a sweater.

Pattern is “Fetching” from summer 2006 issue of Knitty.







This knitter also *received* craft-related gifts that I thought you might like to see.

Vintage Magazines

My sister-in-law sent me these magazines that her knitter-mother had saved from the seventies, some originating in New Zealand.  Her idea was that, since some of these styles have come back into fashion, I might be able to glean some ideas for new patterns from the old patterns within these pages.  Interesting, eh?  I’ll have to spend some time looking through them and letting my imagination work.

What do they make YOU think of?

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Mostly Gift-Knitting

Posted by mtmom on December 14, 2009

That kinda sums up my recent efforts.

Once I’d finished my submission for Cast On, I put my attention on knitting some gifts for friends and family.  I’d already finished the Icelandic neck scarf (remember the ruffle-edged pink and purple lace number?), but now I wanted to make a ribbed cap and some fingerless mitts.  Here’s how things stand today.

Top View

The cap is done.

Improvised, bottom-up, 1×1 ribbing, 84 stitches, in Debbie Bliss “Merino Aran” on US 8 (5 mm) needles.

Left mitt, "Fetching" from

And the mitts are progressing.

Same yarn (I have quite a bit left still), but on US 6 (4 mm) needles, to get a firmer fabric.

Pattern is “Fetching”, by Cheryl Niamath, published in’s Summer 2006 issue  (link to pattern) .

This charcoal color is the closest I want to get to knitting with black (both recipients like black), but I like the yarn’s texture.

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