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The improvised mitts were knitted up in about an hour and a half out of the yarn left from the hat. My friend Anna, who is learning to knit, asked me to post the instructions for her to make some, so here goes.
These will fit approximately 2 to 5 year old hands, but can be easily made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of stitches (or using different sized yarn/needles).
Using Chunky yarn and 6mm circular needles cast on 24 stitches and join (without twisting) to knit in the round. If necessary, place a marker so you can identify the beginning of each round.
- Rounds 1 to 5: K1, P1 rib
- Stocking stitch (knit all stitches) for 4 cm or to desired length from cuff to thumb
- To leave a thumb-hole on one side, knit back and forth in stocking stitch (knitting RS and purling WS) for the next 3 cm
- On the next RS row, rejoin to knit in the round and knit one round, then
- K1, P1 rib for 5 rounds
- Cast off. I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off so there is no restriction to the finger movement.
- You can pick up the stitches around the thumb hole if you prefer to have a proper thumb. I didn't do this as I like the option to use them interchangeably as arm-warmers or mitts, depending on the weather and activity.
- Decorate and adorn as you wish!
I had grand plans for the weekend after Little Miss asked me for some "heart mittens" on Friday - I was planning to use some stash yarn and got as far as finding a possible heart chart to incorporate.... but then I came across a Hello Kitty Hat pattern and knew I had to make one immediately... and I needed more yarn to make it. It's finished and she loves it, but I'll save the 'ta-dah' and details for my post on Friday.
As the yarn requirement is quite small, and I also have lots of filling, I think this should be a project entirely from stash. The pattern looks very well written and easy to follow and I'm looking forward to getting started on it, despite my limited experience with stranded colourwork. My first attempt was also an Ella Austin pattern. Unfortunately Betty/Bertie Bunny is only a few hours away from being finished, so I really should finish that first.
I would need many more hours in the day to get through all the things I want to make at the moment - I'm having to learn to be patient. It's not easy.
from Anonyknits blog
I have a couple of small tattoos - one on my back and another on my wrist - but I'd secretly love to look like those beautiful young tattooed girls with a long mane of waves or funky dreadlocks - dreads were last summer's obsession. Sadly the reality is somewhat different - a middle-aged overweight body of 5'3" covered in stretch marks, post-operative scars and a C-section pouch. Gravity is desperately trying to take control of all the wrong bits. I can't help thinking I'd look and feel ridiculous with the tattoos I like. Still, it's nice to browse the lovely pictures and to dream a little, and I'll probably settle for a small inconspicuous addition......or two.
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