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Fairisle colorwork mitts

I love fairisle. And am working on these Fairisle colorwork mitts

All the colors and the patterning just appeal to my sense of design. I came across this pattern that I just love. It’s called How cold is it, mittens on Ravelry. Find the link here

How cold is it mittens by Drunk Girl Designs on Ravelry

As I mentioned we are over the road in a big truck and spend too many winter days up in northern Illinois where it is exactly that. Cold as Fuck! Last week for example it was -11 degrees with the wind chill it was colder than that.

So I have decided to take this project on and knit my first pair of fairisle colorwork mitts, only I am going to edit the pattern a bit and make fingerless gloves. I am not much of a mitten person.

First I started with corrugated ribbing. It looked nice but it does not have much give to it at all. So I took it all out and started over.

This is attempt no. 2. I decided to do a regular ribbing and wanted more white than I did blue, so I just made a blue cast on and knitted one row for accent.

This has been fun so far, the repeatable pattern in the first part wasn’t too hard. I could even manage to do it while we were driving down the road. But the next part with the lettering takes a bit more paying attention. I will have to be knitting the next section when we are parked.

Visit her shop Drunk Girl Designs on Ravelry.com she has a few other cool designs you may like.

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Perfect thumb gussets

Perfect thumb gussets, we all want them.

 

I wanted better thumb gussets and so set out on a mission.

fingerless mitts

fingerless mitts

After knitting a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts and several pairs of socks, you can’t seem to avoid the hole that you get at the point where you connect the pieces back together.

I went searching for solutions.

fingerless mitts

fingerless mitts

I wanted to minimize the hole portion of the sock knitting. I figured it had to be possible. Where to look? Youtube of course!

I was also in search of a video on thumb gussets since I didn’t particularly like the one I did on the last pattern I knitted. After cruising youtube I came across a video by Suzanne Bryan. You can find the video on perfect thumb gussets here. It’s a nice long video where she takes you through the whole process of making a nice thumb gusset.

At one point in the video where she brings together the glove section back to the knitted thumb she picks up a stitch in between connecting the thumb to the glove. Then knits the two together. It made a much smaller hole. I like this technique.

perfect thumb gussets by suzanne bryan youtube

This particular part happens at about the 16 minute mark of the video. The whole video is worth a watch.

So today while knitting these socks, I finished up the heel and as I came around to knit the whole tube of the sock together again, I got to thinking. Would it make a difference here if I applied the same principle as she did in the glove. I did not make a stitch since I usually decrease a few stitches as I knit the foot of the sock.

knitted pink socks

my knitted pink sock

Instead as I came to the join,  I knit to the last stitch of the heel and them moved it over to the next working needle and then I knit two together. I repeated the same thing on the  other side where the heel joins with the sock again. It made a much much smaller hole. I was very happy with the results. I will be using this technique in all my sock knitting from now on.

If you didn’t want to lose stitches you could always knit two together and then increase 2 stitches to make up for the two you decreased.

Here is another great video on knitting a thumb with no holes by aknitica on youtube. You can find it here.

youtube video on thumb with no holes by akintica

 

Whether you are looking for perfect thumb gussets or simply looking to minimize the holes in a project where things join you may want to consider incorporating this into your next project.

 

 

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Fingerless mitts

I prefer fingerless mitts. They are my go to hand covering for winter.

by Susie Rogers

by Susie Rogers find on ravelry.

I knitted a pair of these for a friend for xmas. This is an easy to knit pattern and free on Ravelry. They are a fingerless mitts pattern by Susie Rogers and you can find her shop here.

I also decided a need a quick and easy fingerless mitt for myself. We do a lot of traveling up in the northern states like the Chicago area and it gets quite cold.

by me

by me

Now this is just a simple pattern knit in stockinette stitch with a ribbing at the top and bottom. They knit up quick and are soft and comfortable. Knit out of 100% merino. Knit in two colors to match my new winter jacket which is chocolate brown.

It was knitted from this delicious soft hand painted yarn.

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A thumb gusset was my personal preference on thumbs as I find them more comfortable.

If you don’t know how to do a thumb gusset here are a couple of videos of the process.

thumb gusset video one

thumb gusset video two

Now these are not my videos. They are videos I found on Youtube.com. You can learn a lot about knitting techniques on youtube just search for your topic.

You can also find lots of knitting classes on Craftsy.com

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