Saturday, December 8, 2012

Endpaper Mitts

Happy Chanukkah! My mom loves black and white, and requested a pair of cotton fingerless mittens that she could use in the summer.   She loved all of the fair isle work I've done, but wool just won't work for Florida.  I decided to make the medium sized Endpaper Mitts in Comfy Fingering from KnitPicks.  I used size 2 (3.0 mm) knitting needles, 27 g of Black and 14 g white yarn. 

Notes from working on the pattern
  • I did a long tail cast-on to start the mitts.
  • 13 rows of 1x1 ribbing at the cuff.
  • I couldn't decided which way to make the colors on the chart... with my MC (black) being the black dots or the white dots. I ended up having the MC be the white squares and the CC being the black dots on the chart.
  • I decided against doing a purled seam, instead doing a MC knitted seam. (I could leave the seam out, but the pattern won't line up anyway... so this will make things work nicer.)
  • I only did 2 repeats of chart A to make the cuff of the mitts a little shorter.
  • After the colorwork, I did 4 rounds of 1x1 ribbing and then bound off in pattern. I did not go down to a smaller needle size because I want to make sure that they fit the recipient. If I were to make these again, I would use smaller needles for the ribbing.
  • Thumbs - I attached the yarn at the inside of the thumb, so that I could have the loose end to reinforce this join. I picked up the stitches at the end of the round. Next Round - *K1, P1* 9x, SSK, P1, S1 (K2tog with the first stitch of the next round.) Knit ribbing for 3 more rounds then bind off in pattern.
  • For this project, I left both thumbs until the end. I'm not sure why I decided to do it, but it means that I just have little finishing details left!

This was my first time using the comfy cotton line from KnitPicks. The yarn is very soft, and drapes like a dream. It doesn't hold for ribbing very well, there isn't a lot of tension in the cuff and around the fingers. This could be a good thing for the intended recipient, but is something to keep in mind when using this yarn in the future. I think that I would like to use it for a shawl because of its softness and drape. The yarn is certainly called comfy for a reason!