Much better, thanks


Sorry to have been such a tease last weekend – but it *was* one of those weekends. I’m used to ripping all the time, but this was a bit much… even for me.

I finished Princess’ new sweater last week and decided to cast on for mittens next. I drew a quick chart on friday afternoon in Stitch Painter, printed it out and headed home.

That night, I cast on. I was going to double the ribbing for a more substantial effect, but decided halfway through to line it instead. I had used a provisional cast on, so this wasn’t anything to fret over.

Once I had started the body of the mitten, my troubles began:
1. Planned on an anatomical thumb, placed a little off the side. Knit a few inches. Didn’t like it. Rrrrip.
2. Maintained the shaped gusset, keeping it at the side seam. Found it messy looking. Rrrrip.
3. Had planned on using waste yarn but had one of those forehead smacking moments; I had originally charted a palm with patterning on every row. Since the front of the mitten did not have strand on all rows, I inserted little crosses in the center of each motif. But I found it too flowery, so I changed the patterning on the palm. Rrrrip.
4. Worked only three repeats along the front and framed them with white stitches. Nope, didn’t like that either. Rrrrip.

I’m finally happy. But I have to hurry up and finish the second one!

  • Ooh, that’s a lot of ripping back! But good for you for not giving up until you were satisfied. Hope the second one goes much easier!

  • WOW!! Totally worth some frogging!

  • very nice, when can we have the pattern :o)

  • Those are awesome! I love how bold they are, yet at the same time so delightfully simple. It always seems to be the things that look simple that are complicated to make, isn’t it?

  • mindy

    yea, you’d better get it finished! gorgeous mittens, but the little person inside that sweater tops them all.

  • deborah newton

    Why is the first mitten/glove/sock/legwarmer SO exciting– and the second such a bore? I am making a pledge– to make the second of everything a *little* bit different! Hurray for assymetry!
    Great mitten Veronik!

  • It’s very reassuring to know that even an expert still has to rip 4 times! 🙂

  • J’aime beaucoup vos jolies mitaines… simples et coquettes à la fois. J’ai spécialement aimé la doublure aux poignets à 3 couleurs… Je me demandais, y a-t-il moins de mailles ou diminution de celles-ci pour cet ourlet… Je pensais, étant donné qu’il est en jersery, qu’il fallait laisser la chance aux côtes se resserer une fois les mitaines mises ?? La grille sur votre site peut-être… 🙂

  • Kat

    the end result is beautiful and elegant as always. love the lining.

  • Very cool mitten, and nice sweater too! What kind of shoulder is that on the sweater? It almost looks like a dropped shoulder…but doesn’t have all that extra bagginess.

  • The mitten is fabulous! I love the graphic pattern you came up with. And the lovely surprise inside. Super classy. I find it hard to believe that a mitten I made would be partly responsible for such a great design.

  • I love these. So simple, but so effective — and the lining is a fun surprise!

    Is everybody in this city thinking about mittens this week? I think so.

  • katie

    Beautiful mitten. The graphic pattern is very cool and I love the contrast of the lining. I picked up your book yesterday and it is wonderful. Thanks.

  • I just wanted to tell you that I love your design, most of it is wonderful!