I appear to be knitting projects faster than I can find time to blog about them. This is, on the one hand, kind of awesome, and I can’t really complain about how many new wool additions I’ve made to my wardrobe. (If only it was winter.) On the other hand, it’s possibly a sign that I should start knitting bigger projects that take me a little longer.
Either way, the mittens I teased in my last entry are completely, 100% done. After last winter – a winter I spent with my hands jammed into my pockets, completely mittenless – I was determined to have at least one pair of handmade wool mittens for this year, and that appears to have happened.
Pattern: As Julie guessed right off, these are Bella’s Mittens – so named because they’re a pattern written to match the mittens Bella wore in the Twilight movie. While ordinarily, the very fact of that would make me balk, I am a complete sucker for horseshoe cables. So, there you go.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, in Blackberry. These mittens used maybe a third of a skein.
Needles: 5mm dpns
I modified the pattern a little bit – as written, the mitts are actually these forearm-length gauntlets, which doesn’t suit my style at all, so I shortened them. (I did this by casting on 33 stitches instead of 43, and starting the cuff at Row 34, instead of Row 1. I worked six even rounds and one cable round, then followed rows 34-39 as written, leaving a much shorter cuff with only two cable repeats, instead of eight or so like the pattern called for.)
It is very hard to take a picture of your own wrist with an SLR camera, but that’s what they look like on my hands. They’re purple, and squishy, and they made a deeply satisfying project.
Now, of course, it’s time to start knitting something that’s going to take me a little longer.