I used to knit A LOT. Every day. I had projects with me at school, at work, getting my oil changed, sitting in church, in the evening, etc. But my hands and wrists started to protest, so I slowly transitioned away towards other things. Also, I got bored. I felt bad for not wanting to do it anymore.
In the last two years, since opening the Shop, I’ve come back to knitting. Not just that, but I’ve been exploring crochet much more too. And I’m loving it again! My latest FOs have been more for my own enjoyment and curiosity. My new favorite yarn is ENID, the DK weight Blue-Faced Leicester that I’ve been dyeing. I’ve made three shawls and a hat so far.
Say hello to Sideways Gull Stitch Mitts. Wow. I am not very creative with my naming. This pair has a cable along the bottom cuff and is knit sideways. I love this cable in particular — it’s only a four-row repeat, so it’s easy to remember and it looks fancy without much effort. Also, adjusting the size for larger/smaller hands or a heavier yarn is simple.
I used a handspun singles yarn for the initial pair. It is 100% undyed alpaca. If you were to use a yarn that was more worsted (not woolen), the cables would be clearer. However, I do not plan for things such as that, so it is what it is.
I want to thank Rebecca of Dusty Tree Soap and April of Studio Strategos who were both a big help testing and editing this pattern. I am still very new at the writing of patterns, so I tend to be insecure. April has a great technical eye, so she gave me lots of suggestions on the terminology and Rebecca worked through the pattern twice. The first time she didn’t have enough yarn, so she only got one mitt done. It’s still beautiful though!
On the second pair she used a heavier yarn and size #9 needles. She noted that the lighter yarn required 12 pattern repeats and the heavier required nine. Also, she used a provisional cast-on and added a thumb. They look so cool!
Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote up that desperate plea for test knitters? Well, the ship has sailed on that — the pattern has been rewritten. This morning I finally sat down and took another look at it, making a few adjustments of my own and incorporating the testers’ notes. I’m hoping that in the future I will be better equipped for this endeavor. But feel free to let me know if you find any mistakes.
Special thanks to April and Haizle who were so helpful!
I am really bad at writing and giving instructions. Or just explaining things in general. I should be sharing techniques, giving tutorials, and writing patterns, but I am not. First, I don’t feel like I have anything worthwhile to share. Second, I just can’t manage to explain things in a logical, useful way.
So far I have put on paper one mitt pattern out of all the different fingerless mitts I have knitted. Rich tells me it’s so simple that no one would ever need a pattern for it, but then I see instructions on Ravelry about knitting a square (which is basically what this is), so maybe I should just share this and let you decide. In fact, I’ve been meaning to post this free pattern for over a year and have not done it. Now is your chance to check out Easy Garter Stitch Mitts, my first pattern. Gotta start someplace, right? If you do take a look at the pattern and find any glaring errors, let me know. I don’t really know what I’m doing.
And if you are feeling more adventurous, test knit my brand new, absolutely unrefined pattern, Squares Sophisticuff. I will even give you a present if you make one of these and help me work on the pattern. Since it will probably be obvious to you that I need help. Just send me an email through the contact form here on my blog or a message on Ravelry (gwenerin).