Gauge matters

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The mitten on the left is the large adult size from The World’s Simplest Mittens. The mitten on the right is the toddler size. Gauge matters, people.

I’m going to donate the bigger pair so a child can have nice warm hands, and I think I’ll turn the little ones into tree ornaments somehow. If they were made of something more easily washable I might have sent them down to my 3-month-old niece because they would probably fit her fine!

Despite the sizing issues I am really pleased with them. I probably could have faffed with the yarn a bit more to get a thinner red stripe on the big mitten thumb, but I’m pleased that both pairs match pretty much perfectly. I count this as a job (fairly) well done.

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 24.11.21

Current WIP count: 9

My charity crafting slowed down a lot last week as I decided to knit a matching hat and cowl set, and I am SUCH a slow knitter. They turned out gorgeous though so I’m not mad (photos to come when I’ve sewn the ends in).

I also thought it was time to get started on some other items and here I ran into a problem. Using Tin Can Knits The World’s Simplest Mittens pattern, I decided to go for the adult (large) size to use up as much yarn as possible. But I ended up with this:

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I know ribbing stretches, but there is no way this tiny thing will ever stretch enough to fit a large adult. I refuse to frog and start again so these are now toddler mittens. Thank goodness the charity is accepting donations for all ages. 

Next up I might actually try the smallest size in the pattern and use them as tiny adorable tree decorations. We’ll see how fiddly they turn out to be.

Hannah

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FO Friday 30.11.18

They’re finally finished! I have a matching pair of Lingonberry Frostvirka mittens!!

Man am I happy to get these off the hook, they might be the most stressful project I’ve ever made. Crochet is meant to be the opposite of stressful!

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The offending thumbs

But they’re done now and they do look pretty, so it’s still a win.

I’m looking forward to handing them over to their new owner. She asked for mittens, but didn’t specify colour or style, and I’ve kept them secret (she doesn’t read my blog) so they’re still going to be a surprise. I love giving surprises!

If anyone’s interested, I made these using Women’s Institute Soft & Silky in Amethyst and Cream. A gorgeous colour combo if I do say so myself.

Now, on to the next Christmas present!

Hannah

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You better think

This was supposed to be last week’s FO Friday post, but I’m a dingbat.

I did manage to finish one mitten, which I’m pretty proud of considering all the pattern-wrangling it took to get to this point.

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And I hardly dare mention the ends.

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But then it came to the second mitten. I worked away at the thumb, getting more and more excited as the end approached, until I reached the penultimate round… and realised I’d forgotten to do the first round in the back loop only. Argh.

So I frogged it right back and started again in the back loops. No problem. Until I realised I’d added in a few extra rounds on the first mitten that I forgot to add to the second, so I had to frog back again. Argh!

Then I got halfway up the thumb and only then noticed that I’d sewn the top of the glove in a way that made the thumb hole right in the centre of the palm. So I unpicked some of those flipping ends I spent hours sewing in, which I made such a mess of that I had to frog the final 2 rounds of the mitten. ARGH!!!

Right now it’s sitting in the naughty corner to think about what it’s done. But I thought I would share as a reminder (mainly to my future self) to actually think about what I’m doing, instead of rushing on and making silly mistakes. So many silly mistakes.

Keep your fingers crossed that next time I get it right and get these mittens finished before summer comes around!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 14.11.18

Current WIP count: 7

I knew I would end up casting on something new this week, and the winner was the Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva.

Leafy blanket

It’s not as simple as the Nautilus so I can’t memorise it, but it’s still easy enough to knit while I watch Bones. Honestly, sometimes I need to look at my knitting instead of the horrible murder victims.

This will also be for my friend’s baby. She’s at 37 weeks now so I could get to meet the new arrival any time soon, I’m so excited!

The mittens have become my travel project. I still can’t really figure out the top so I’m just ploughing on with the second mitten.

At least if I end up having to just do my own thing, I can do them both at the same time so they’ll match. I’m focusing on the positive.

Now I’m off to a very important appointment, please keep your fingers crossed for me. What’s everyone else up to this week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 07.11.18

Current WIP count: 7

I was doing so well with my mittens. Even if I’m not doing the pattern exactly right, I’m at least doing something that works.

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It’s actually purple yarn, but my phone is determined to pick it up black

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A more accurate picture of the colours

But now I’ve hit a snag again. Does anyone have any idea what “dc+htr-tog in first dc” (UK terms) might mean? I don’t understand how I can do all of those things in one stitch! A round-by-round stitch count would be super helpful about now, but of course there isn’t one so I’ll just have to figure it out. In the meantime I’ve done a couple of rows on the right hand mitten cuff.

My Nautilus is only a few rows from cast-off and I’m getting really excited about it. I can’t get too carried away though, as every row in this section is a knit row so if i don’t pay attention I could just keep going and going!

What’s everyone else working on this week? Any suggestions about the mitten pattern? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 31.10.18

Happy Halloween everyone!

Current WIP count: 8

I forgot to mention that during the weekend away we had a favours auction to raise money for charity. I offered a small crochet item of the bidder’s choice, and the winner asked for some mittens.

I found this pattern on Ravelry and I’m persevering, but it’s really not the easiest pattern to read.

This is all I’ve done so far, after spending about 50% of my crafting time trying to work out what the pattern means.

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I’ve picked gorgeous colours if I do say so myself, and I love the lozenge shapes in the photos so I’m determined to make it work.

A day off yesterday meant I got the leaves done on all my roses so far.

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And I’ve cast off another wedge of my Nautilus so each section goes a bit quicker. The end is almost in sight!

What’s everyone else working on? Got plans for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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