Yes! I have found my knitting mojo and have been knitting up a storm. I need to finish a pair of fingerless mittens before the end of September. I have been trying to knit a pair of these for several months, but have not been satisfied with the results.
For the first pair, I used worsted weight and that just wasn’t right, especially since these are for someone who lives in moderate climate all year long.
I’m currently on my 3rd attempt. I bought some Dream In Color Smooshy (drool) then went in search of a pattern. I bought one online that visually, I liked. I quickly discovered that the pattern was not for me. But if I hadn’t bought that pattern, it wouldn’t have led me to reworking another pattern. The thing is, the pattern that I like is for worsted weight yarn.
I did a gauge swatch. I counted my gauge several times, but I’m never sure if I’m counting correctly. Nonetheless, I figured out a stitch count but ended up reducing it by 4 stitches to make it fit the stitch pattern I came up with and I knit a prototype. I made notes as I went along and learned a lot and along the way, figured out what I want to do to make it better. Literally flying by the seat of my pant, as it were.
The biggest issue is that since I took away those 4 stitches, the mitten has no ease and I’m trying to figure out how to get more ease.
Bigger needles? Didn’t like the fabric.
I could go down a needle size and add a pattern repeat, but that would mess up the pattern I created, which works best with an even number of pattern repeats.
Add one stitch per pattern repeat? Well, I think the question is where. The pattern is within a 8 x 2 rib. I tried it as a 8 x 3 rib and got an instant lesson in ribbing. (I then read an article on ‘let me explainknit’ explained why it was less stretchy). One thought I had would be to add a stitch somewhere to make it a 9 x 2 rib (I’m using 4-stitch cables so maybe I can put a knit stitch in between the cables and that might work – but I have to decide if I want to add 6 stitches or 3.) Any other suggestions? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Reworking a pattern is SO much fun! But seriously, I’m so close to figuring this out and the results will be SO cool!
If you’ve made it this far and read my babble, I thank you!
see ya next time!!!