Early Morning Mitts Tutorial: Cuff

In my last post, I showed you how to do the special cast-on for my Early Morning Mitts pattern.  Now it’s time to continue knitting the cuff.

The Finished Cuff

Here’s the finished cuff so you can see what it will look like before we go ahead with today’s tutorial.  Notice the garter stitch ridges as well as the gathered stockinette sections in between.

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Garter Stitch in-the-Round

To knit garter stitch in-the-round, you don’t knit every round like you would when knitting a flat piece. Instead, you alternate knitting and purling:  knit 1 round, purl 1 round, etc.  So for my pattern, I’ve used a 5 row (or round) garter stitch for each of the 3 “ridges”. Purl, knit, purl, knit, purl.

Gathered Stitches

For the gathered stitches, you add stitches and then later take them away again. The extra stitches cause the fabric to pucker or gather in places.  To do this, I doubled the number of stitches with KFB (knit into both the front and back of stitch).  KFB sounds complicated, but is really quite easy! Start knitting a stitch like normal. BUT instead of slipping the stitch off your left needle like usual, you LEAVE the stitch on the left needle and then knit into the back loop of the SAME stitch {and then you can slip it off the left needle}.

knitting tutorialOne stitch has now become two! Pretty neat, huh?  Once you’ve knit into the front and back of all the stitches, you have a total of 72 stitches.

Knit 5 rounds and then it’s time to decrease those stitches back to the original 36 using k2tog (knit 2 stitches together) all the way around. K2tog also sounds more complicated than it really is.  Your right needle goes through the front loops of both the next 2 stitches (from left to right as usual).  Knit them together and the two become one!

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Shaping for forearm

If you’re making your mitts long like arm-warmers as I am, you may want to consider shaping them with a few well-placed decreases.  Here’s how I do this.

While knitting the 2nd round of both the 2nd and 3rd garter stitch ridges, I decrease twice with a k2tog:  once in the middle of the round and again at the very end.  The first decrease round leaves me with 34 stitches and a second decrease round means I am left with 32 stitches on my needles. [If this seems a little confusing right now, wait until you can see the actual pattern and I think it’ll make sense.]

Once the cuff is knit, it’s time to knit the rest of the way to the wrist.  This part of the mitt can be knit as long or short as you like. {Just be sure to make a note of how many rounds you knit so you can do the second mitt the same!}

QUESTIONS? Comments?

Having trouble understanding something in today’s tutorial?  Leave a comment below with your question and I’ll answer it in a future post!

Coming up next…the thumb gusset!

In the next post, I’ll show you how to add a thumb gusset to your mitts.

Happy knitting!

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Early Morning Mitts Tutorial: Cast-On

Cast-on time!

My Early Morning Mitts are knit in-the-round. That’s knitter-talk which means the knitting forms a tube without any seams. It’s a super handy technique to know how to do! This tutorial series will help you better understand the special techniques I used in designing and knitting Early Morning Mitts.

I want to explain my pattern’s name before I get started. These mitts were designed when I was up in the middle of the night due to a bout of insomnia. After sketching out and testing my pattern,  I marked down the time right on the sketch:  1:15am!  Early Morning Mitts was the best name I could think of for a pattern created so early in the morning!

My project details:

  • Yarn:  Cascade 220 “Galaxy” colorway
  • Needles: US SIZE #8 double-pointed needles (dpns)
  • Gauge: I think I’m getting about 5.5 st/in while knitting in the round, but I need to double-check it.

My favorite cast-on–the long-tail cast-on–is what I use for most projects. Here’s the great video tutorial on how to do the long-tail cast-on that helped me as a new knitter.

I love her tip about not needing a slip knot! Has saved me a ton of time. Especially if I don’t estimate my tail length correctly and need to re-do the cast-on!

Cast-on
Cast on 36 stitches and divide stitches evenly onto 3 double-pointed needles (dpns)

Using the long-tail cast-on, cast-on 36 stitches to one dpn leaving a tail about 5 or 6 inches long when done. Slip 12 stitches from one end of the needle onto the second dpn and then the next 12 stitches onto the third dpn. {You now have 12 stitches on each needle.}

Join for knitting-in-the-round

Next, the stitches are joined for knitting in the round. I learned how to do this technique by watching this video at knittinghelp.com.

Cast-on

In my pattern, the join is done just a wee bit differently because the first row is PURLED, not knit!

Here’s how.

Being careful not to twist the stitches (that is, check to see that they all line up on the needles), join by PURLING into the first cast-on stitch. Use your fourth dpn and hold BOTH the working end of the yarn and the tail together as you purl the stitch.

Cast-on

Once you’ve purled the first stitch, do another the same way (with both working yarn and tail held together).

Then drop the yarn tail, and with just the working yarn continue purling around all 3 needles until you have purled all 36 stitches. The tail can help you find your beginning of rounds since it’s near the first stitch on dpn#1 (or you can use a stitch marker if you prefer).

Also be sure you aren’t getting gaps between the needles or you’ll end up with “ladders” where you change from one dpn to the next.  Just hold your working yarn nice and snug while knitting the first few stitches of each needle and you won’t have that problem!

Round 2: Knit

As you begin the second round, remember that the first 2 stitches were purled with 2 strands. You’ll want to knit those 2 strands as though they were one.

Cast-on

Cast-on

QUESTIONS? Comments?

Having trouble understanding something in today’s tutorial?  Leave a comment below with your question and I’ll answer it in a future post!

Coming up next…

In the next post, I’ll continue working on the cuff and explain some of the special techniques and stitch patterns I’ve used in my cuff design.

Happy knitting!

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The Votes are In!

Voting is all done

All the votes are in.  Today I am starting the project you, my dear readers, chose for me!  Having you vote has been loads of fun for me. I hope you enjoyed voting as much as I enjoyed reading your comments!

 

And the winning pattern is…

EARLY MORNING MITTS

Early Morning Mitts

 

The final tally:

  • Bellatrix socks 4
  • Early Morning mitts 4
  • Kingdom gloves 3
  • Knotty gloves 2
  • Monkey socks 2

Since there was a tie between Bellatrix and Early Morning Mitts, and because I’m already knitting one pair of socks, I’ve chosen to go ahead and work on a pair of Early Morning Mitts now. I want to finish writing up my pattern so I can have it available soon. Knitting another pair will give me the opportunity to get some nice photos and check the pattern for errors.  Once I finish the Almondine socks, I’ll cast-on Bellatrix and I’ll make Kingdom after I finish my mitts pattern.  See how helpful you’ve been? I know not just my next project, but my next three projects! Oh, and speaking of Almondine, last night I finished the leg portion and knit about half of the heel flaps too. They’re coming along nicely…

Sock knitting

I decided to use the heel flap I’m most familiar with instead of follow the pattern directions.  They look very similar, and since I’m knitting these 2-at-a-time, I’m going with the instructions from the 2-at-a-time Socks book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes instead. If I were knitting these on double-pointed needles, I’d have followed the pattern exactly. But I’m not. So I didn’t. I call that knitter’s prerogative.

Decisions decisions

Now to choose which color of yarn to make into the mitts.  {I think I can handle that decision on my own! In fact, I already know which I want to use!} 🙂  I plan to blog through the pattern step-by-step as a sort of tutorial. If you follow along, you might just learn something! Even relatively new knitters should be able to make these once I’m done showing you the “secrets” of some of the more tricky techniques!

Stay tuned

My next post will be all about the cast-on. It’s rather special, so I will do my very best to explain it well!

Be sure you’ve signed up for email updates if you don’t want to miss any of the project updates! {Scroll up to the top of the page and you’ll find the box where you enter your email address it in the right sidebar. Your email will only be used to send you notification when new posts are published. Or, if you prefer, follow my blog with Bloglovin’ or another feed reader instead!}

As always,

Happy knitting!

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Narrowing the Choices

Too Many To Choose From

After a couple days, I’ve gotten enough votes on this post that I think I should narrow the choices down a bit.  (To help those of you who are as indecisive as me!)  So I’m eliminating the patterns that have no votes yet…thus, narrowing the choices down from 9 to 5.  And just so you know, if someone said they liked more than one pattern, I counted each project as getting a vote.

The tally so far:
  • My unpublished Early Morning Mitts pattern (this photo is of my original and well-worn pair) – 4
Early Morning Mitts

Early Morning Mitts designed by perfectioKnits

All the patterns listed (except of course for my own design) are patterns I’ve wanted to knit but haven’t yet.

Vote now! Vote again!

If you’re reading this and haven’t voted yet, use this list to choose from and leave a comment below!

If you already voted in what I’m now calling the “1st round of votes” and want to vote again, by all means DO!  The old votes still count, we’ll just be adding to them. And I’ll take up to one vote (try to just pick one project this time!) per person per day so that gives you up to 2 more votes if you want to leave comments here both today and tomorrow.  How’s that for making it interesting? 🙂

Monday morning I will reveal which project I’ll be knitting and start with the cast on! I’m curious to see which project it will be.

In the meantime, I’m working on those Almondine socks some more.

Happy knitting!

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New Pattern Published!

Andrea Mitts Pattern Published!

Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve finished writing (and re-writing!) my Andrea Mitts pattern! It’s so exciting having a new pattern published!

Andrea Mitts

I finished my test-knit of the smaller size last night. (If I ever want to actually wear them, I’ll need to weave in my yarn ends though!)

FO Fridays

My Andrea Mitts pattern can be found for sale on Ravelry, just like my Katelyn Mitts pattern.  I’m also looking into other pattern selling sites…Etsy being top of my list since I still have my Etsy shop.  I read a while back that they’ve made it easier for those of us selling “digital downloads” so I’m thinking I should look into it.  Etsy may once again be a selling venue for me!

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Thanks to my test knitters who helped me tweak my original pattern so that it makes sense.  I especially appreciated getting feedback from Lisa who knit a pair using my pattern.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And since it’s Friday and I’ve finished this project, I’m linking up with Tami’s blog again for FO Friday!  Edit: It’s Saturday morning and while perusing a few more blogs via Tami’s link-up, I found another Friday link-up to add my post to–Fiber Arts Friday.  Be sure to pop over to these blogs and check out some of the great projects.

Happy knitting!

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On My Needles: Andrea Mitts {again}

Hello, dear Readers!  It’s Wednesday again and you know what that means: another WIP Wednesday/Yarn Along link-up post!  After you’ve finished reading today’s post, feel free to check out the other great projects being worked on this week by clicking the link-up images below.

Sock Knitting Fail

So last time around (June 5) I had started a pair of socks from Sock Knitting Master Class.  I knew from the start that they were a little snug, but I could get them over my heel so I thought it was no problem.  As the leg portion of my sock grew, however, it became obvious the socks were just a wee bit too small.  So close. But not a perfect fit.  So….. I frogged them.  {rip it. rip it.}

I don’t know how many hours I’d already put into them, but, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter to me.  I much prefer starting again and getting them to fit properly.  I suppose I could have continued and made them for someone else–a child perhaps–but my hubby even said he really liked the yarn I’m using and thought I should start over too. So I will just have to try again.

Pattern Work: re-sizing Andrea Mitts

In the meantime (since I haven’t gotten around to casting them on again) I’ve been working on my blog–how do you like the new look?   I’ve also been spending some quality time working on my patterns.  My Andrea Mitts pattern needed a smaller size. {I personally have petite hands and, although beautiful, the original size was quite looser than I like to wear my mitts.} So I’m making myself a pair in my size.  Seeing my math work out has been fun. Especially since for me math is typically more of an estimation/guess than actually figuring it out. {When my math doesn’t work, I enlist the help of my mathematically-minded man to figure it out.}

Andrea Mitts

Working on resizing

Once I get this smaller size tested and am sure my pattern’s written correctly, I will publish it in my Ravelry pattern store. If all goes well, it will be ready by Friday!

Currently Reading

I’ve been reading Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke this week. It’s the 3rd book in the Hannah Swenson Mystery series.  My local library has the series available as e-books which works wonderfully for me: I check out my book online and read it on my Kindle! I like a good whodunnit and this one is sure keeping me guessing!

Have you read any good mystery books lately? I’m always looking for new books to check out so leave me a recommendation in the comments. Thanks!

As always, happy knitting!

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Yarn Along with Ginny

 

WIP Wednesday Tami

FO Friday: Andrea Mitts

Happy Friday!

I’m happy because I FINALLY finished the pair of Andrea Mitts for my niece!

FO Fridays

Andrea Mitts

I almost had them done last night–only had the thumb left to knit.  So I got up early this morning and got them finished.

FO Fridays

Finished!

Now I just need to get them to her…

FO Fridays

I’m linking up with Tami for her FO Fridays this week too. Lots of great projects completed this week!  Click on the picture below and to go the link-up page.

FO Fridays Tami

Wanted:  Test Knitters

As I was knitting the right mitt, I was having a hard time keeping track of my notes from making the left mitt. So I ended up typing up the pattern.  To make it easier for myself to follow.  And I think it is now.  But I don’t know if my Andrea Mitts pattern will make sense to anyone but me!  So I could use a little help from my readers who knit.

I’m looking for a few knitters who would be willing to make a pair {or at least look over the pattern as it is right now} and give me feedback on how it’s written up. The pattern will be free for my testers–including any updated versions!

Sound good?

If you’re interested, go HERE and leave me a message OR comment on this post to let me know and I’ll email you a PDF of my pattern for you to review.  I’ll accept requests to review my pattern through June 15.  Once you’ve had a little time to look over the pattern, I will send you a quick email questionnaire to fill out where you can tell me what you think of the pattern write-up.

Any feedback, questions, or suggestions are appreciated as soon as possible, so please keep that in mind if you sign up as a test knitter for this project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

We’ve got a long weekend ahead–Happy Memorial Day! Take time to remember those who have sacrificed all for our safety and freedom.

And of course…

Happy knitting and find time to enjoy a good book too!