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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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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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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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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Bloomin’ Happy Mitten KAL

We are wrapping up the Wee Winter Woolens KAL, so it’s time to start talking about our mitten KAL for January. January is National Knit Mitten Month after all! This year’s mittens are called Bloomin’ Happy and inspired by the fabric designs of Lotta Jansdotter.

I designed these mittens for me and just wanted a design that was going to make me happy. It is on the modern side versus traditional fair and I would say that these are a more feminine mitten. I will also mention that if you are newer to stranded colorwork you may find these a little trickier because of some longer areas where you will need to catch floats. I’m not saying that these are hard to knit, just that in some places you will be carrying yarn across the whole side of the mitten. I will give you some ideas to change the pattern up a bit, if you don’t want to carry the yarn so much.

Here are a few more notes on the look of the mittens. They have a ribbed cuff with colorwork in the ribbing. The pattern is different on the front and back of the mittens. I have knit my pair with a peasant thumb, but plan on offering the mittens with a side-gore thumb option as well.

KAL Details

  • The KAL starts on Friday, January 5th with the first clue being releases around 8:00am CST.
  • The next three clues will be released on the following Fridays, January 12, 19, and 26.
  • The clues will be available on my site for free or you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry (coming soon). The Ravelry version will be a pdf that will be updated each week, so all the clues are together in the end. The version on my site will remain as four separate pdfs.
  • To join the KAL all you have to do it knit along with us.
  • Feel free to use the image above as your project image on Ravelry, blog, or website.
  • There will be two thread in my Ravelry group for this KAL, one for just links to the clues and one for sharing pictures and chatting.

Yarn
You will need fingering weight yarn in at least two colors, though you can add a third color in the cuff if you wish.
I used approximately 58g/270yds for the 7.5″ wider/longer size – 38g/177yds of the main color, 20g/93yds of contrasting color.
I decided to use a third color in the cuff so I used 17g/79yds of CC1 and 3g/14yds of CC2.

My yarn is Knit Picks Palette in Ciel, White, and Raspberry Heather.

Gauge and Size
In an upcoming post I’ll talk more about choosing which size to knit and gauge.

  • Gauge for these mittens is 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch.
  • The pattern will be available in three widths 7″, 7.5″ and 8″(17.78, 19.05 and 20.32cm).
  • Each width will have two lengths for the hand and thumb.
  • It is important to get gauge to get the stated size.

Other Tools

  • Size needles needed to get gauge. I am using US1/2.25mm. I use dpns, but you can do these in whatever way you prefer to knit in the round.
  • Scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Stay tune for more information as we get closer.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Ski Sweater

Let’s knit up another wee sweater. This sweater is inspired by cosy, fair isle ski sweaters.

This is knit like the other two sweaters in the set, but has a little more colorwork. The pattern has instructions and charts for doing this sweater in two colors or three. (Though knowing the creativity of all of you, I betting we’ll see this down up all different ways!)

Download the Wee Ski Sweater Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

This KAL has been so much fun, that I will be adding one more pattern to it which will be up in two weeks!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Norwegian Mitten

It’s time to knit up the last of the mittens in our set. This mitten was inspired by the classic Norwegian mittens with the rows of snowflakes down them.

I do have one tip for knitting this one, use a darker color as the background. I originally knit this in white with blue for the colorwork and just thought it looked off. I realized that doing it in white made it look really skinny, my eye was tricked into thinking the colorwork edging was actually the edge of the mitten. Redoing with the blue as the background made it fit in much better with the set.

Download the Wee Norwegian Mitten Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

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Food Friday: Quick Pickled Apples

Earlier this month, Matt and I celebrated our anniversary at a Japanese kaiseki dinner. Everything was beautiful and most of the dishes were things I wouldn’t even know where to start making at home. There was one thing I did want to try myself though, pickled apples. They were served to us as a palette cleanser after a course of grilled fish. My first thought was that they’d be wonderful on bbq pork tacos and they were!

We buy pork shoulders and slow cook them with different sauces until they are tender enough to be pulled. Then we divide it into dinner size portions to use in tacos, sandwiches, or just on rice. The sauces vary from Asian-styles to classic bbq. This batch was cooked with Wee Willy’s Texas Pit sauce, it’s one of my favorite bbq sauces we’ve tried. Once the pork is prepared dinner is quick to prepare. I made the apples a half hour before dinner, toasted the tortillas on a griddle, and sliced some green onions. That’s it.

The apples really are the star of this taco. Pickling gives them a real zing that plays against the apples natural sweetness. I liked just snacking on them on their own. Using a crisp apple is important because they retained that crispness even in the pickling brine, think of the crunch of a good deli dill.

Quick Pickled Apples

Use a variety of apple that is crisp and on the sweet side. I used SweeTango.

Ingredients

  • one large or two small apples
  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T sugar
  • 1/8 t salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

1. Mix the vinegar, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes together in a small plastic container until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

2. Peel, core, and slice the apple. You want the slices to be about 1/4″ at the widest point.

3. Put the apple slices in the vinegar mixture making sure they are all covered.

4. Put the lid on the container and refrigerate for about 30 minute.

Serve.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Snowflake Stocking

We are up to the last of the stockings in our set and it is very appropriate since we actually have snow in the forecast this week in Minneapolis!

If you’ve been knitting along, you should find this stocking a snap to knit as it is done just like the others. I think this one might have my favorite colorwork of all the stockings in the set. You could knit this up exactly as I have, but I also think it would be cute with the body of the sock (other than the cuff and heel) all done in one color with the snowflakes and small dots all the same color.

Download the Wee Snowflake Stocking Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

Looking forward to see all your snowflakes!

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