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 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 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 Fair Isle Mittens

We are now officially halfway through the Wee Winter Woolens KAL! All of the finished pieces and sets I’m seeing on Ravelry are looking great! Let’s head on to our second mitten, the Wee Fair Isle Mitten.

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

This is a pretty simple fair isle patten. I’ve worked it up four colors, though still only two colors per row at any one time. You can just use three colors if you like, by replacing the dark and light blue with one color.

This pattern does include both the wee and tiny sizes. Happy knitting!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Sami Mitten

It’s time to move on to our first mitten in this KAL. This wee mitten was inspired by the look of Sami mittens. Download the Wee Sami Mitten Pattern or look for an update in your Ravelry library if you purchased it there.

I added the tassel to add to that Sami look, but it is totally optional. On the wee size, I just used the cast-on tail as the tassel. On the tiny size, I left tails for each color as I added them in and then braided them together for the tassel.

I’ll be blunt with you, the mittens are probably the most fiddly of the items to make, especially at the wee size. You are only working on 22 stitches for the hand and 12 stitch for the thumb. If you are working on dpns, this is the time I find using the short sock needle ones (4 or 5 inches long) really comes in handy. Still with a little practice, the knitting isn’t that hard and I know you can all do it. (I did forty of even smaller ones for party favors last year and they just flew off the needles after awhile.) The tiny size is just slightly smaller than the mittens we did for the Advent Calendar and Twelve Days of Christmas.

I think these would look adorable knit up in pairs as well!

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Project: Opening Day Mittens

It’s Opening Day for baseball here in Minnesota (and a lot of the rest of the country). I’ll be heading to the game this afternoon and know from past experience that outdoor baseball in MN in early April can be pretty darn cold! With that in mind I decided to knit myself a pair of Opening Day Mittens.

My mittens have a MN Twins logo on them. I will not be creating charts for other teams, but it is pretty simple to make your own. I’ve included a chart in the pattern with a blank area for you to add your own logo.

I used the free chart design tool Stitch Fiddle to help make the Twins logo. To create your chart, first find a logo for your team that you would like to use. A clear logo on a white background will work best. Now go to Stitch Fiddle, chose knitting as your craft, then chose color knitting, next pick knitting in the round, and finally chose upload picture. From here you can upload the logo you have chosen to use. Once the picture is uploaded you will want to adjust the gauge and size. For the size put in 29 as the number of columns (stitches), this is the biggest that will fit nicely on the mittens. Then chose a row number for how long you want the image. For my Twins logo, it worked well as a square so I put in 29 rows. For the gauge, you want to put in the number of rows and stitches, for this mitten the gauge is 10 horizontal and 11 vertical. Now click update preview. Then click open chart. From here you can make any refinements to the chart. When creating your chart, remember to think about how many colors you want to knit with at a time. Then you’ve got your own team logo to add to your mittens.

One of my favorite things about these mittens is the stitching I did around the edges to imitate the stitching on a baseball. It only takes very simple straight stitches, but I think adds so much to the finished mittens.

Download the Opening Day Mittens Pattern
These mittens are knit with fingering yarn at a gauge of 10 stitches and 11 rows per inch. When knit at this gauge they will fit a 7.5″ wide hand (women’s medium). If you want a bigger mitten, knit them at 9 stitches and 10 rows per inch, they will be 8.5″ wide (men’s medium).

This pattern has only been knit by me. If you find any errors in it please let me know.

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25 Days until Opening Day!

It’s hard to believe that it is that close, so I better get these mittens finished.

This will be my third year going to the Twins’ home opener and I have learned just how cold it can be. This year is the earliest yet.

I will admit to struggling a bit with these. First of all, I find color work vertical stripes tend to pucker. These mittens have a lot of stripes, so there is a lot of puckering. I’m really hoping blocking on my mitten blockers will flatten them out some. Though when they are on, most of the puckering goes away anyway.

Secondly, the area with the Twins logo is worked in three color, which I always find tricky. Typically, three color area become very tight and pull in on my knitting. I have tried really hard with these mittens to concentrate on keeping my gauge even between two and three color knitting. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of it, but it really requires me to think about what I am doing. No mindless knitting for that part of the project anyway.

Once, these are knit and blocked, they will get stitches along the edges to mimic the stitching on a baseball. I think it will be the perfect finishing touch.

 

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On the Needles

I have a lot of knitting going on right now, plus some knitting planning.

This is the cardigan I am knitting with the Einrum E+2 yarn and pattern I picked up in Iceland. It is a pretty easy knit, but the stitches look really sloppy. I’m thinking that is the nature of this yarn just like Einband. My hope is it will wash and block up looking nicer. I have the bottom of the body done and one sleeve with the second sleeve just started. Then it will be all joined together to knit the yoke with a cable at the raglan shaping.

This will be my third year going to the MN Twins’ season opener. It is April 3rd and the average temperature for that time of year is anywhere between 36F and 50F. Let’s face it, it could be snowing that day. So, I decided to make myself a pair of mittens for the game. My plan it that this will be pinstriped, with the Twins logo on both sides and stitching, like that on baseballs, around the edges. They should go well with my Twins winter hat and scarf. Baseball is not for the weak in Minnesota. (The yarn in Knit Picks Palette in Serrano, White, and Jay.)

This is some yarn I received for another pair of mittens that are in the planning stages. I’m calling them my Honey to the Bee mitten and was looking for good honey/hive colors. (The yarn is Knit Picks Palette in Sweet Potato, Custard, and Safflower.)

I have a couple other secret projects that I can’t share with you all yet, which is so hard, but I’ll be excited to when they are released.

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Finished Under the Sea Mittens

Last week, I gave the last clue in our Under the Sea Mitten KAL and now the finished mittens are rolling in. Here are mine.
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It is so fun to see everyone else’s versions, especially the color choices. You can read more about any pair of mittens by clicking the Ravelry link above it.

Greenbell
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Mmhiscox
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Snazana
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Smshowalter
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Lanka-Liisa
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Sisselknit
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Ndege
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nrstooge
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Niemiecp
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Heli-keiju
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Pigmor
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Under the Sea Mittens KAL: Clue 4

I cannot believe it is our last week already! This week all we have left is the thumbs.
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Download clue 4:
Under The Sea Mittens Small Clue 4
Under The Sea Mittens Medium Clue 4
Under The Sea Mittens Large Clue 4

If you chose to do an after-thought thumb, I have included a pdf that is a blank chart for all three sizes. I have not charted a pattern for this type of thumb, so have fun with it. To knit it, you’ll put the 15 stitches above and the 15 stitches below your waste yarn on needles. Pick up and knit a stitch from hand of the mitten between the top and bottom stitches on each side for a total of 32 stitches.

After-thought thumb chart
After-Thought Thumb Blank

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