Morningtide Mitts


Back in December I had the pleasure of test-knitting a sweater pattern for Becky Herrick (my version here - and my goodness, I hadn't realized how much my hair has grown since then!)  Now, Becky has a new e-book out called Time on My Hands, full of patterns for mittens, gloves, and lots of fingerless mitts.  I think they're all lovely designs and I couldn't make up my mind which to start with, so eventually I decided I'd just begin at the beginning. 


So these are the "Morningtide" fingerless mitts.  Becky arranged the book by hour, associating each pattern with a time of day.  These are the ones for 6 AM, although I did not either wear or photograph them quite that early!


The colourwork is quite simple and fairly easy to memorize.  I loved how the striped thumb grows out of the main pattern and gives that little bit of contrast.  I'm attempting to work through my massive stash, and I'd like to see if I can knit all 9 of these patterns from stash yarn!  These mitts used a wool/alpaca/acrylic blend which I bought at Jo-Ann Fabrics at least 6 years ago (the camel-coloured MC), and an unlabeled Shetland wool (green).  Both were approximately DK or sportweight, and I used US #2 needles.  I made the size small, which is a little bit snug, but I expected that.  However I knew the large would be too large, and anyway I didn't think I'd have enough yarn.  The smalls fit me well enough, though I may eventually find someone with more slender hands to pass them on to and make myself another pair!


These were one of my traveling projects.  I don't knit these projects at home at all - in fact I don't even take them out of the bag.  This ensures that I always have something in my bag to work on; there's less likelihood of the knitting being forgotten at home!  So these mitts were made on the bus traveling to and from school, and a little bit in class and at work.  (I have one professor who doesn't mind my knitting -- in fact she asked me if I could teach her, and joked that I should make mitts for the entire class!  This is not as daunting as it seems; there are only three students including me -- and my "work" consists of sitting at a desk in the listening library, making sure no one walks off with equipment and trying to keep myself amused.)


P.S.  It's incredibly difficult to photograph your own hands.  Thank goodness for the self-timer on my camera!

Edit:  Jenny asked about the colourwork and whether the carries on the back caught my fingers.  Here's an inside-out photo:

If you look at the diamond motif in the bottom left corner, you can see that I left that longest "float" or carry to its own devices.  I think that one is 6 stitches, and I probably should have caught it up.  If you look at the diamond up and to the right, you can see that the green yarn is looped around the carry, holding it to the fabric.  I tried to find something online demonstrating the catching method I use, but nothing's showing up on a quick look.  If anyone is interested, I could attempt a brief photo demonstration, but it's really not difficult to do -- just difficult to explain!

Comments

  1. Those are beautiful :) A couple technical questions - I assume those are stranded, right?, so you've carried both yarns all the way through? Do you catch your fingers in the carries? LOL, I just learned this technique, and although I love the result I'm a little befuddled as to how it actually works on an all-over project. Would I be ridiculous to ask for an inside-out shot?

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  2. Hi Jenny! Yes, they are stranded. The largest carry is only 5 stitches, so they'd probably not be too "loopy" even if left as is, but in the carries of 5 I caught up the extra yarn in the middle - so knit 2, catch up the second yarn in the 3rd stitch, knit 2. I'm not sure if that makes sense or not; basically you are looping the yarns around each other to keep it all close to the main fabric. I'll add in an inside-out shot for you! :)

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  3. These are so pretty! The design is gorgeous and the colors work so well together. You do beautiful knitting!

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  4. They're gorgeous! I love the colors you chose.

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  5. Thanks so much Gillian! Your colorwork looks WAY cleaner than mine!

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  6. Thanks :) Jenny, I bet I've been doing it a lot longer than you have. Yours will soon be clean too! :)

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  7. The idea of associating projects with time intrigues me, but I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would need anything at 6am. :)

    The gloves look lovely, they make me wonder if such a knitting style could possibly yield argyle patterns as well as straight diamonds.

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  8. LOL - I am awake at 6am rather more often than I would like these days :)

    It can indeed produce argyle - it's a bit trickier, but it can be done. These socks for example: http://www.freevintageknitting.com/socks/5710-socks-pattern.html . You can produce just about any pattern you can think of - animals, snowflakes, random geometric designs.

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  9. Love love love these Gillian! xxx

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