Bloomin’ Happy Mittens KAL: Clue 4

Here we are in the final week of our mitten KAL for 2018. Our mittens are pretty much done except for the thumbs.

This week is all about doing the tops of the thumbs and any other finishing. Make sure you are following the instructions and chart for the type of thumb you are knitting, peasant or side-gore. Pay special notice if you are doing a peasant thumb, some of the sizes have different instructions for the right and left hand to get the colorwork pattern to match up correctly.

Choose your own adventure:
While I have only charted the thumbs for one length in each size, I do give tips on where to start the decreases and change the colorwork for a thumb that is 1/2″ shorter.

If you are working in just two colors, continue as you have. If you are working a peasant thumb and did the flowers on the top of the palm in your CC2, you might want to do the ones on the thumb the same.

Download the clue here or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update in your library.
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7″ Clue 4
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7.5″ Clue 4
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 8″ Clue 4

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Emergency Lamppost Cozy

So, I the end of last week Saint Paul Cozy realized that there were going to be a few no-shows with lamppost cozies, so they put out a call for some emergency ones to made for drop-off on Sunday. I had a lot of yarn left from knitting mine and knew with some size 17US needles I could get something done on time. I was asked to make a cozy that fit a 24″ x 52″ post.

I kept it really simple and just did garter stitch with the yarn doubled. I worked flat this time, no time for steeking! I went for a rainbow look with the colors mixing together between changes. I really wish I had had some orange though!

I’m not sure where this one will go. The cozies will all be up along 4th St. in Saint Paul either by today or tomorrow. (The snowstorm Monday put things a little behind schedule.) I’m heading over this weekend and hope to get some good pictures.

The Pioneer Press had an article about the installation yesterday which you can see here. Apparently, we are brazen!

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Bloomin’ Happy Mittens KAL: Clue 3

Welcome to clue 3! Here is my finished clue 2.

This week we will be finishing the hand of the mittens. The hand is finished the same for both the peasant and side-gore thumb versions.

Chose your own adventure:
I’ve charted each mitten width in two different lengths, make sure to follow the directions for the length you need. If you aren’t sure which you need try your mittens on before you get to the point where you need to make the decision of which chart to follow. It is easy to try on the side-gore mittens, but for the peasant you need to take one of the thumbs off the scrap yarn. If I want to try my mittens on I carefully remove the scrap yarn and put the stitches above and below it on another piece of scarp yarn or a couple of spare needles.

As for color, you are basically working this section the same way you did clue 2. You will notice that the top of the palm has a few flowers, if you want to add some CC2 to the palm this would be a good place to do it. You could knit them in while working which would require working with three colors or you could duplicate stitch them in afterwards. I decided just to keep them in my CC1.

If you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update in your library, clue 3 has been added to the pattern. Otherwise, download clue 3 here.
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7″ Clue 3
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7.5″ Clue 3
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 8″ Clue 3

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Bloomin’ Happy Mittens KAL: Clue 2

Ok, our cuffs are hopefully done! Here are mine.

Now we will be knitting the hand through the thumb divide. Well, through where the thumb stitches get set aside to work later.

This is also where the long stranding I talked about comes into play. On the palm, every 6th row has no colorwork, but those rows do have colorwork on the back. Just carry your contrast yarn along the palm catching it every 4 or 5 stitches (about 1/2″). Make sure to keep the tension nice and even. Here is what my inside looks like.

Don’t worry if your mitten looks a little puckery. My mittens looked a mess before blocking, I swear.

You could add some colorwork to those empty rows, if you absolutely can’t carry the yarn.
or
I think the design on the palm would make a really pretty mitten when worked on both the palm and back, just skip the back design completely. This would also be a good mitten for those who don’t want to worry about longer carry sections at all. It does have some “flower” motif later on in the pattern.

Chose your own adventure:
Remember, there are two thumb options, so make sure to follow the directions and chart for the thumb you want. I’ve set these up so the correct chart is under its instructions and so that you can print out just the pages with the thumb you want.

As for colors for this section…If you are using two colors, continue the colorwork on the hand that same way you did the cuff. If you are using three colors like I did, change to CC1 for the colorwork on your hand. You will notice the flowers have centers, you can leave them the MC or bring your CC2 back into play and use it for those centers. They can be knit is as you go, though that is a bit tricky, or you can do what I did and duplicate stitch them in afterwards.

If you have bought the pattern on Ravelry, look for an update in your library, the next section has been added to the pattern. Otherwise, download clue 2 here.

**Update 1/12/18 2:40pm: There was a math error on Row 30 in the side-gore version on all three sizes. It has been fixed.

Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7″ Clue 2
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7.5″ clue 2
Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 8″ Clue 2

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Lamppost Cozy is Done

As some of you might remember, I have been knitting a cozy for a lamppost as part of Saint Paul Cozy. I didn’t bring it with me over the holidays because it was so big and heavy, plus the yarn to knit it with, so I just finished it last week. Here it is in all its glory.

It is 60″ long and about 20″ wide. It went quite fast knit with doubled yarn and size 8US needles. Here are a few close ups of the patterns.


The cozy’s will go up along 4th Street in Saint Paul sometime between January 21 – 23. They will stay up through the first week of March right through Winter Carnival. If you want to check mine out, it will be 4th St. between Sibley & Jackson on the south side. I can’t wait to see the whole street done up in colorful cozies!

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Bloomin’ Happy Mittens KAL: Clue 1

Welcome to the first clue of the 2018 mitten KAL. This week we will be knitting the cuff of our mittens. The cuff on these mittens is worked in a ribbing with larger knit sections, this allows for the colorwork within the ribbing. You may get a little rolling at the cast-on edge at the knit sections, but I found it went completely away with blocking.

If you are using three colors, the colorwork on my mitten is where I used my third color, my CC2. The background color is the MC I used through the whole mitten.

Chose your own adventure: The cuff as written is about 2.25″ (5.72cm). Feel free to lengthen or shorten it as you like. You could also add a lot more color work to the cuff by starting the colorwork earlier and doing additional repeats of it. You could even switch them up so the repeats varied from CC1 and CC2.

Remember the size of the mittens refer to the approximate size of the mitten itself, not necessarily the size of the hand. Chose the size the gives you the amount of ease you want in your fit. Each size has its own pdf.

Update 1/5/18 5:20PM: Directions have been updated to add this line “Work the chart the same for the left right and left hands.” above the chart.

Download the Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7″ Clue 1
Download the Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 7.5 “Clue 1
Download the Bloomin’ Happy Mittens 8″ clue 1

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2017 In Review

It’s that time of year when everyone looks back at what’s happened over the last year. Well, who am I to buck a trend? Here’s a look back at Kat’s Crafty 2017.

January saw the end of a six-year run of Iron Craft Challenges. We could so any craft we wanted and I chose to etch some glasses.

Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 26

Of course, there was also the January mitten KAL. This year’s mittens were called Under the Sea. I entered them in the Minnesota State Fair and they took second place!

Under the Sea Mittens

I also finished the Alzada shawl to wear to the Yarnover dinner.

I closed out the month with a trip to Iceland where there was a little yarn purchased! Though it wasn’t all for me I promise.

Icelandic Yarny Goodness

In February, I started planning for a large yarnbombing project with the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild at the Minnesota State Fair. I wrote two fair themed patterns for it.

Prize Ribbons

Corn Dogs

Through March I worked on my mittens for the Minnesota Twins’ Opening Day.

Opening Day Mittens

In April I made the HB2 sweater with some of the yarn I bought in Iceland.

June and July were spent getting the Guild’s yarnbombing put together. This is our finished horse, Pronto.

I also had to whip up a 10′ x 6′ backdrop, which took me a week of pretty much nonstop knitting.

In October, my Santa Pillow was released in the Knit Picks book Merry Knitmas. It was my first time having a pattern published in a book!

I also finished the Ravello sweater for myself.

June through November, I hosted the Wee Winter Woolens KAL. It was so fun doing another holiday KAL with my Ravelry group.

In November I started the Spooner sweater. I just love the colorwork in the neck.

I also taught myself how to do stacked increases and decreases so I can start working on Fox Paws. What a challenge!

I turned some cute flannel sheets into Christmas pjs for my husband and I in December.

And I started another yarnbombing project. This time I am knitting a five foot tall cozy for a lamppost in St. Paul as part of Saint Paul Cozy.

Wow, looking at it all like this, I’m really quite proud of all I’ve finished this year! I’m looking forward to knitting off 2018 with a new mitten KAL, Bloomin’ Happy Mittens. Have a great holiday everyone!

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Knitting for Saint Paul Cozy

A few weeks ago a group called Saint Paul Cozy put out a call on Ravelry for Minnesota knitters and other fiber artists to create cozies for 158 lampposts in Saint Paul. Well, you know I couldn’t resist. After doing the giant backdrop for the State Fair in a week, I figured this would be a snap.

I knew I wanted it to be fair isle like a giant sweater and have a few Minnesota themed things in it. My post is five feet tall and about about halfway done.

I’m using Caron One Pound doubled on size 9US needles. I can get about six inches knit in an evening which is pretty good! I probably could have used a bigger needle, but didn’t want any peek-through at all. I can tell you guys, this thing weights a ton compared to my regular knitting.

I decided the easiest thing to do would be knit it in the round and steek it, even though I’ve never steeked before. I wanted to steek with my sewing machine, but failed to think about the fact I can’t just run a five foot tube through my machine like that! Also the thickness is a little tricky. I can do a few inches at a time, so that might just have to work. Luckily, the steek does not have to be pretty!

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Bloomin’ Happy Mittens KAL: Size and Gauge

As our January KAL approaches, I wanted to talk a little bit about choosing your mitten size and, every knitters favorite topic, gauge.

Choosing Your Mitten Size
I don’t like to use the terms small, medium, and large, because there are no standards for mittens. With my mittens, when I give you a measurement that is the size of the mittens themselves not necessarily the size of the hand that would wear them. Do you like a mitten that fits close to the hand or do you prefer to have a little more ease?

For example, I prefer my mittens to fit close with very little ease. My hand measures about 7.25″ so I knit the 7.5″ mittens for myself. I take this measurement around my hand at the widest point just below my pinkie finger, I am not measuring the hand and the thumb. If I liked a looser fit, I would knit the 8″ version.

You can put a measuring tape at the size to get an idea of how it will fit you. Keep in mind that knitting has stretch that a measuring tape doesn’t.

Gauge
The size you chose won’t matter at all if you aren’t knitting to gauge. The gauge I am knitting these mittens at is 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch. I know it seems like a tight gauge to some people, but I like how it looks for colorwork and the warm fabric if gives for mittens. Remember, it is the gauge that is important, not the size of the needles! I use a US1/2.25mm, but you may need to go up or down a needle size.

If you don’t want to knit at that gauge or can’t get gauge, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t knit these mittens, it just means you need to do some math. Say for example, you can only get 9 stitches and 11 rows per inch, if you knit the 7″ mitten which is 70 stitches around you’ll get a mitten that is about 7.75″ around (70 divided by 9). It is 84 rows long, so you’ll get a mitten that is 7.6″ long in the longest version (84 divided by 11).

I will also say that stitch gauge is more important than row gauge with this pattern as it wouldn’t be too hard for someone to lengthen or shorten these mittens to fit them. I am also offering each size in two different lengths which may be helpful as well.

Please keep in mind when you do your gauge swatch, that knitting colorwork in the round will typically give you a different gauge than flat knitting. I recommend doing a swatch in the way you will actually be knitting.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Bonus Wee Polar Bear Sweater

Yes, this KAL was technically supposed to be over after the twelfth pattern, but I couldn’t resist sharing one more with you. A baker’s dozen is better than just twelve right?! So, here is one more wee sweater for you, the wee polar bear sweater.

This one was my husband’s idea and I just think it is so cute. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much, that I am working on patterns for a set of wee sweaters with animals on them, look for that coming sometime next year.

I knit this sweater with the polar bear just on the front, stranding the white yarn all the way around. If you don’t want to carry the yarn that much, you could knit him on the front and back or duplicate stitch him on afterwards.

Download the Wee Polar Bear Sweater or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update that includes this sweater as a separate pdf.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this KAL. It has really been another fun one. A special thank you to my test knitters, Lil and Heli, they made these pattern much more error-free!

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