Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love 2

Pattern: Annemor #8 from Selbuvotter by Terri Shea
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport in Ash (yes, the same as my Selbu Modern) and Dale of Norway Baby Ull in 7854 (which is a dark green)
Needles: US 1

Well, I finally managed to make a pair for myself, after the resounding success that was my first pair of Selbuvotter. I ended up making a bunch of modifications, as seems to be the way of my knitting lately. I have large hands (to match my large head) and while I love all of the mittens in this book, most are sized for Women's Medium and smaller. I went up a needle size on these and they are now a Women's Large or XL. They measure 4.5" across the palm, and fit me very well. Also, these mittens were originally gloves. My intestines try and climb into my chest cavity at the thought of knitting gloves, so after messing around a bit, I was able to fit two repeats of the initial glove chart, decreasing as soon as I passed halfway the second time. In order to make the repeats look organic, I added an extra row, fleshing out the diamond pattern, before restarting. Something odd about this pattern is that there are more stitches on the palm side than the pattern side. This is also true of the thumb, so when I finished all the decrease repeats on the pattern side, I just fudged in some extra decreases on the same row on the palm side to make them more equal. The final stitch count isn't the same, but it's virtually unnoticable.

I'm feeling an odd need for more mittens, even as I'm desperately waiting for spring.... maybe some of Bella's Mittens next?


ithaca_chick said...

Bella's mittens look sooo cute! I may even try them. Your new pair are also beautiful. Wear them in good health!! :-)

Kara said...

Yeah, those Bella's mittens are a must. They are too darling.

And your new mittens are fab. I have always wanted to make a pair, just haven't gotten around to it.

PetraO said...

I found your blog through Ravelry as I just started a Garter yoke cardi. I think your´s very nice! / Petra in Sweden