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Work-In-Progress: Faux Fair Isle Mittens

Back of Hand Pattern

Back of Hand Pattern

The allure of stranded colorwork holds me tight in its grip and is not letting me go.  After finishing my first Fair Isle hat, I knit up another one in acrylic worsted-weight yarn (no pictures or blog post of that one — I didn’t really care for the end result).  Now I’m working on Faux Fair Isle Mittens, a pattern created by Marly Bird for her Craftsy class Mittens and Gloves Galore, and I’m loving it!

I decided to go stash shopping since my local yarn store didn’t have the yarn called for in the pattern in stock at the time I wanted to cast on for the project.  So instead of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi and Mini Solid, I chose to use Knit Picks Palette in Sweet Potato as the main color and Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn as the pattern color.  While the hand painted yarn doesn’t create the striping effect of the yarn called for in the pattern, the overall effect with the orange solid yarn is quite pleasing to me.

Palm Pattern and Thumb Gusset

Palm Pattern and Thumb Gusset

The palm pattern is a fairly simple peerie pattern, alternating one stitch of main color and one stitch of pattern color each row.  The thumb gusset uses the same peerie pattern, making for a pretty nice stretch of stranded colorwork knitting that doesn’t require too much thought.  Going between the hand chart and the thumb chart isn’t too difficult, although I do wish the thumb chart rows were numbered to the reflect the row number they belong to from the hand pattern.  A minor quibble, really.

One new technique I learned in this pattern is corrugated ribbing for the cuff.  I’d never used it before and I really rather like the visual effect (except for the curling at the bottom, but it’s not a deal breaker).  While the cuff isn’t as elastic as regular ribbing, it is still nice and snug when I’ve tried the mitten on.

Also, I’m not usually one for wearing mittens but I did choose to work this particular project as a mitten instead of a glove because I’ve had a devil of a time with gaps at the finger joins when I’ve knit gloves in the past.  I need more practice, really, and this pattern is turning out so nicely I didn’t want to mess up the aesthetic by knitting messy finger joins.  So mittens it is!

One last thing to note: My gauge is spot-on with the pattern using the size needles called for in the pattern.  My hand width is 8 inches across, which happens to be the finished width in the pattern, so huzzah!

I’ll post a picture of the finished pair when I make it that far!  Until then, dear reader, happy knitting!


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Seeded Stripes Scarf


A few weeks ago, I went to my local yarn shop, Apple Valley Yarn Company in Midland, Michigan, looking for yarn to make a brioche cowl.  Sally was working and asked what I was shopping for.  I told her, and she directed me to many delicious options — all soft, squishy and utterly luxurious — yet nothing screamed “brioche cowl” to me.

Seeing my hesitation at her suggestions, she changed tactics and showed me a striped K1P1 scarf knitted up with Plymouth Gina yarn.  Before long, the scarf was around my neck and I promptly forgot all about the brioche cowl and wanted to make a scarf from the Gina yarn.  (Fickle, fickle, I know…)

Sally helped me choose four balls in different color ways and gave me the basic pattern formula for the scarf:  Choose two balls in contrasting color ways to begin, and knit two rows with Ball A and then two rows with Ball B.  Once those balls run out, repeat the process with the remaining two.

The ribbing pattern wasn’t singing to me — the stripes felt so defined and delineated — so I decided on seed stitch for a softer, more painterly effect.  The striping is still quite evident, but definitely more muted in seed stitch, an effect I really rather enjoy.  I’m glad I changed it up.

Seeded Stripes Scarf

Needles: Size 8

Cast-On: 32 stitches

Seed Stitch Pattern:

Row 1 – K1, P1 until end (ending with P1)

Row 2 – P1, K1 until end (ending with K1)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2, switching yarns after each completed row set, until the scarf is as long as you wish it to be (or until you run out of patience).  Bind off in pattern and weave in the ends.

Be sure that when changing colors for each row set that you bring the new yarn up from underneath the old yarn.  See the picture below for how that should look!

(Purple = old yarn and Red = new yarn)



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