lunedì 17 settembre 2012

just playing with yarn

So the other day I had to drive my husband into Florence - problem with the train lines. While I was there I met up with my son (who lives in Florence) had lunch with my son (we were in an American Fast Food withdrawal moment) at the new Burger King across the street from the station. Afterwards he took me to a store on Via Ginori that he had mentioned to me once. Skandinavia is the name of the store and if you are in Florence and want some non-Italian souveniers (grin) do stop in and have a look! Maremekko galore and lots of other goodies.. including very colorful (Italian) yarn! I bought a couple of balls of Adriafil 100% wool KNITCOL and started playing around. The result was this pair of really cute fingerless mitts!

So here are some sketchy instructions if you want to try with your favorite self patterning yarn!
This was an aran weight yarn and I knit the mitts with a 4.5mm (no. 7 USA) 20cm circular needle by Addi. I did start them with a longer circular using the magic loop method. For the gauge, I was aiming for a 7" circumference for my wrist and hand - that would probably be a lady's L or a man's S.

So here is my "recipe" - kind of sketchy but they really are simple to make!

Cast on 40 stitches and join in the round (using the method you prefer, magic loop, small circumference circular, set of dp needles) being careful not to twist your stitches. Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.
2x2 rib for the cuff length you want - mine is about 2.5 - 3"
then switch to stockinette for about an inch.
Form thumb gusset:
row1: M1, K3, M1 knit the rest of the stitches
row 2: knit all stitches
repeat these two rows until you have increased a total of 8 stitches and you have a thumb gusset of 11 stitches.
Next row, P11, Knit to the end of the row
Next row, Knit all stitches
Thumb bind-off row: bind off the first 11 stitches, knit to the end of the row
Now rejoin in the round above the thumb bind-off, making sure the first stitch is tight for a good join. Continue in stockinette until the mitt is long enough to reach your knuckles (abount 1.5" for me). Work about an inch in garter stitch (when working in the round to work garter stitch, Knit one row, Purl one row, etc). Bind off with a stretchy bind-off . I bind off as follows: knit 2tog through the back of the stitches, put new stitch back onto left needle, repeat to the end. Weave in ends. When you do your second mitt, try to start at the same point in the yarn color change pattern so your mitts are a perfect match. These have no front and back so you don't have to worry about reversing any shaping!! Easy as 1-2-3! have fun!!