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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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: 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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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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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Earflap Beanie

I knew I wanted to have some sort of earflap hat as part of this KAL, just because they are so cute. I had made a version before as part of my tiny toques, but I was never completely happy with how it looked. It took a few trials, but I think I finally came up with a version that I like.

I didn’t only want it to look cute, but I wanted something that wouldn’t require a bunch of extra seaming to put together. This version is made by knitting the earflaps separately and then joining them together to knit in the round for the rest of the hat. I think it has a great shape even when flat.

Download the Wee Earflap Beanie Pattern or if you have purchased it on Ravelry look for an update.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Lopi Sweater

It’s time for another wee sweater, this time it’s the sweater that inspired the whole idea for this KAL, the Wee Lopi Sweater.

Last April at the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild’s Yarnover conference, I took a class from Lars Rains on Icelandic Sweater Yoke Design. I decided to try the techniques I learned, but on a much smaller, thus quicker to knit scale. The result was this sweater. I fell in love with how it looked and wanted to knit more wee sweaters and other winter woolens.

Knitting this sweater isn’t much different from the Wee Striped Yoke version your’ve already made. For the yoke this time, you’ll be knitting a simple colorwork repeat with decreases fit in so they don’t disturb the pattern.

Download the Wee Lopi Sweater Pattern or if you have purchased it through Ravelry, look for an update.

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