I have found my knitting books all over and some pretty random places, this month’s book was found at a friends of the library book sale in Lewisburg, PA. I pretty sure I got some out there pattern books that day, it was fill a bag for 10 dollars so I just filled first and looked later. Knitting for Peace from Betty Christiansen is a collection of simple patterns that can be finished quickly alongside information about a number of charities, products, and information for knitters who what to make the world a little warmer. I’ve only read through a chapter and it is inspirational, it makes me feel like I should set up a world wide knit a long to make hats and mittens for everyone! Maybe someday but not today, plate is full and I already donate to local groups who give to local kids. If everyone gave to their community everyone would be warm.
On to the pattern, Basic Mittens, and they are basic! I loved it, strait forward no frills, and quick. The pattern calls for using the double needles, which I don’t use, so I went with the two at a time magic loop method. I always remember to put a place marker on the first mitten (or whatever you are knitting) so that they turn out the same length and I remember where I started when they get all twisted up. They always get twisted up early on but tend to stay in place once there are a few inches on. These have great cuffs, they are almost half the length of the who mitten, these aren’t falling off.
I didn’t feel the need to change up, aka simplify, the pattern for my knitting style the pattern is nice to follow and doesn’t require the repeat glance. It does direct to knit to inch length rather than total rows, which is another reason that I like to knit two at a time. The method guarantees that the pair will have the same stitches per inch. I have found that no matter how close I measure and count if I knit separately they WILL be different sizes.
The thumb gussets were a breeze and since they mittens are the same on both sizes it doesn’t matter really which side you put them on. There is no top to accidentally but the thumb on the wrong side. Yes I have done that and I bet many of you all out there have done it too. I’m using up some of my stash yarn for this one since it is a kid size one it didn’t use up as much as Zach would have liked but he’ll survive. It is a acrylic blend so washable, durable and perfect for the wear and tear of a kid.
Once I gathered up the tips and moved onto the thumbs I was concerned the thumb/finger ratio was off. I have mentioned my trust issues with patterns but with reassurance from my mother-in-law I kept going. I was at her house most of the day she is having some back issues and I was there for company and dish washing. What do you know that pattern did know what they were talking about and the thumbs look long enough. I stitched a contrasting pattern on the tops, we are going to say it is an abstract snowflake? Sure just go with it. Now I just need to find some little hands to try them out on…
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