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Topic: Fair Isle Owl Not Quite Right - Help Appreciated :)  (Read 752 times)
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« on: March 18, 2010 05:04:27 PM »

Hello to all the daring knitters that take up fair isle! I have a conundrum for you. I just finished the owl mitten pictured below:

I think the owl turned out alright but there are some things I'm not happy with and I'm not quite sure how to remedy.
1) My mitten turned out really wide (but strangely the length was fine). The fair isle cuff is especially distorted. Could this have to do with the tension I keep on the two yarns? I'm right handed and really struggle with keeping the yarn in my left hand from going too slack or being too tight. Any suggestions?
2) The edges of the wings and eyes, where there is only one row of the contrasting color get lost in the green on either side. Again, tension problem? Maybe I'm just knitting to tightly.
3) This was a tester project so I knit in acrylic. Would wool be better so that I can block? Would blocking help with the huge width problem? This thing really fits more like an oven mit (and will probably get used as such) instead of as a mitten.
All insights are appreciated! Smiley Also, would you wear an owl mitten knitted like this? I was making them as a gift but I think I'm going to have to go through the pattern and tailor it to a smaller width...or block. Let me know what you think Smiley
Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2010 08:38:14 AM »

For future projects you might want to consider how yarn dominance will effect your pattern. That's what is going on with your problem #2.

You can block acrylic without killing it, but it's basically a one shot deal. Wool would have been a better choice since if you screw up the blocking you can try it again.

Two color ribbing doesn't draw in like regular ribbing, you'll want to use less stitches and then increase after the ribbing to compensate if you want a snug cuff.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2010 09:32:29 PM »

Thanks so much, Tephra! I didn't know that you culd block with acrylic! I thought it was a natural fiber only thing. Your comments will be a lot of help when I rework the pattern to get a better fit.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010 04:29:30 AM »

Thanks so much, Tephra! I didn't know that you culd block with acrylic! I thought it was a natural fiber only thing. Your comments will be a lot of help when I rework the pattern to get a better fit.

I heard with acrylic, you should do a cold blocking method.
I've only used it once on an afghan, which was acrylic. It came out fine.
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010 09:35:26 AM »

Blocking would solve much of the problems. From looking at it, you might also be pulling in on the edges when you switch needles, which makes the sides of you mitten get that "bump".

As for size....you could knit a lining for them, that would make it a bit smaller!
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