What's on the needles Wednesday?
I'm still working on my Channel Tee and need to cast on the Chevron baby blanket. But I have half a finished project. Yay!
I finally picked up and finished an owl mitt for Alisa. She requested a pair about a month and a half ago. We choose a pattern and I got started. I just neglected to read the pattern. I began knitting in the round and was through the cuff before I realized it was a pattern knit flat and seamed. Who wants a seam on the side of their hand? Not me. And I'm not going to give something away that I wouldn't use.
So I charted the pattern and re-wrote it to be worked in the round. And I added thumbs. The pattern just had slits for the thumb to stick out of and I didn't like that. I finished one mitten and hated it. The owl was hinky. He listed to the left. It was not an operator error, it was more a pattern issue. I also had problems with the look of my thumb and would have frogged it anyway. But it gave me the opportunity to find another pattern that I liked better,
I settled on the Who's owl mitts by Mareike Neumann. And then started the cuff and set them aside. I finally picked up the mitts again last night and finished one mitt. Owl mitts and I are just not getting along. It's mainly my fault. Once again I ignored the pattern. This pattern asks you to continue the k3 p1 rib pattern throughout the mitt, except for the owl portion. I missed that and did a one by one rib. And to compensate just left the non owl portion of the mitt in a stockinette. They fit my hands and I hope they fit Alisa. They may be a bit snug. If they are I will just re-knit them and gift the smaller pair to someone else.
I really like the thumb gusset. No big holes where the thumb stitches are separated and picked up again. You should be able to finish a pair in under 4 hours.
Here's the final mitt:
My hand looks like it's about to crush the tiny cars below.
What's on your needles this week?