Tuesday, November 24, 2009

satisfies all requirements

Leah, the Christmas elf, wanted to make a pair of mittens for somebody. Requirements included: 1) not girly design, 2) not boring to knit, 3) fingerless/flip-top for dexterity, 4) very warm. She bopped around on Ravelry until she formulated a plan that would satisfy all requirements, picked up some yarn at an entirely awesome knit night at our favorite lys a few days ago (following bbq wings and beer/lemonade at a nearby restaurant with a fun group of knitters), and left this on my desk yesterday afternoon:

It's a mash-up of the peekaboo mittens and deathflake chart, but she'll be modifying the peekboo opening so it overlaps.

There's a problem in the top section as a result of looser gauge with 1-color knitting and also maybe because of the peekaboo ribbing, so she'll rip that back and try something different soon. Suggestions welcome for this challenge. Smaller needles? Decrease stitches? Continue 2-color knitting (palm is checkerboard, but might look odd to have stranded knitting above deathflake motif but not below)?

Other than that glitch, she is psyched about mittens as a perfect project -- not too big, not too small, opportunity to keep it interesting but not take forever, eminently practical here in Connecticut, infinite options.
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Blogger Jen said...

In this situation, I always go down a needle size. The stitches will look the same as those in the two color knitting and she won't have to worry about where to hide the decreases.

2:07 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

I agree, go down a needle size. It will also give a sturdy fabric for that part.

The death flake? Wild!! And her stranded work is awesome!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

I cannot believe how talented she is! Well, then again, look at her parents...

10:14 PM  
Anonymous random Cindy said...

Hee hee. I think these are sneaky! Love them.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

i agree as well, go down a needle size. Love the mitt though! Hey let leah know that the dollar tree has two packs of those stretchy full finger gloves for a dollar. I have picked some up and am giving a pair in combination with fingerless gloves for xmas this year. That way when it gets super cold they can layer the gloves underneath. I love how adventurous she is with her crafting!

1:03 AM  
Anonymous cottonhollow said...

thank you! but I'm still not pleased with mom for taking the pic because jesse saw it.

3:59 PM  

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