Monday, February 1, 2010

Finally Finished Fiddleheads

I have another finished object to show off!

At last I have finished my lovely Fiddlehead mittens. I joined the KAL we held at the Sheep months back (most people have long since finished their fiddleheads) and had a great time casting on and comparing liners with everyone. But for some reason this project was determined to linger, and it certainly did!

I knit the outer mitten out of Diamond Alpaca Peru (gray) and Classic Elite Inca Alpaca (orange...its not red, even though most people think it's red) and at the last minute decided to knit my liner out of Malabrigo Lace held double in the lettuce colourway. I knit the smallest size, and it fits me perfectly, but was worried about a thicker DK weight liner bunching like crazy inside my dainty mitts. Now that all is said and done I am sure that a thicker liner would have bunched, but my lace weight pick fits inside the outer mitten perfectly!

I had to make a few adjustments, however, and here they are...

  • the liner was knit on 3mm needle (instead of 3.25 for the outer mitt)
  • thumb gusset increases were every other row instead of whatever the chart wanted...I don't remember, but it was something funky. Same with the decreases for the top of the mitt.
  • I also decided to shape the top of the mitt the same way as the outside....pointy instead of rounded. I think this fits better inside the outer mitten.
This was such a fun pattern to knit, and all the while I couldn't stop myself from dreaming up other colour combos to knit it in! But I am restraining myself and knitting the Squirrel Sampler Mittens instead (love, sigh...I hear there are people out there who don't like squirrels.......whats up with that?! They're so cute and fluffy!)

Oh, and I'm a bit concerned that I've lost all ability to read patterns. My Damson has gone horrible awry. I actually have no idea where I should be changing from the garter to stocking stitch sections. The stitch count and number of rows are not matching up, and I am terribly confused. I stopped trying to use math to solve the problem days ago and have been plopping in the stocking stitch section at random hoping that it will fit. I KNOW many of you out there have knit it with ease, so what the heck am I missing?

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