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« on: December 31, 2010 03:30:15 PM »

Ok.  So, it got cold here, which it rarely does and which is part of the reason why I love North Carolina so much.  Anyway, Sprout had cold hands and what better way for a knitter to remedy it than by knitting thumbless mittens?


These little thumbless mittens turned out to be the perfect knitting project for Sprout's long nap.   Not only were they a quick knit, they also used up hardly any wool.  In fact, I found this little remnant on the top shelf of my yarn and probably still have enough to make another pair.

The normal obligatory action shots are missing because, once Sprout woke up, I stuck them on his hands and immediately began to giggle.  They make him look like Edward Scissorhands.  So, in an attempt to spare my son the embarassment of forever putting on the internet things that could possibly embarass him later, you'll just have to catch us around town on a cold day to see Edward Scissorhands Sprout in live action.  Needless to say, they're wool and warm and that's all that should matter.

I had planned on following the pattern for the thumbless mittens from the book Knitting for Baby (thanks, Val!) and I did, more or less, but there are several things that annoyed me about the pattern and several things I changed.

First, the instructions wanted me to place a stitch marker between the last two stitches to mark the end of a row.  I hate stupid instructions like this because they make me question if I've always just done things wrong.  Who in their right minds puts markers to mark the END of a row???  Am I the only crazy one?  No?  I quickly scanned through the pattern to make sure I wouldn't be damning myself by marking the beginning of the round, found no logical reason for their illogical instructions, so I shrugged and carried on.  (NB - This also irks me because this book is meant to be an easy book with patterns of increasing difficulty for newer knitters.  What if this was the first circular pattern I had knitted?)

Anyway, the second thing that I changed was the cuff of the mittens.  Anyone with a baby knows that extremity accessories don't stay on very long.  Shoes are a waste of money and socks without elastic made of cryptonite come off as quickly as you can get them on.  I imagine it's the same thing for mittens.  The pattern instructs you to basically make three garter ridges which will leave you with no stretch and no form, though later, it has you go through an extra step of sewing in elastic.  Sigh.

I'm not a sewer and I'm certainly not going to fiddle with elastic so I just made a ribbed cuff and continued on my way.  If I were to do it over again, I'd probably suggest going down a needle size.  I didn't because I was concerned that Sprout's chubby wrists wouldn't fit if I made them too snug.

And, in my last stream of complaints about the pattern, the mittens, as written, are unnecessarily pointy.  Babies are funny looking enough (and I say this with the warmest of hearts!) that I don't think having pointy hands is really worth the extra two rounds of stitches.  I cast off a couple of rounds early so my child wouldn't end up with pointy hands that could be used as weapons.  Just call me crazy.

All complaints aside, though, I'm thankful Sprout can now have warm hands.  Oh, and if you're paying attention, yes, this knocks off one of my "50 projects" for 2011."  Shh!
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010 04:16:15 PM »

your rambling about the pattern made me laugh!  This is why i don't follow patterns and just make it up as I go Smiley

They are super cute mittens though!  I bet he doesn't look all that goofy with them Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010 04:54:39 PM »

Those are cute! I lo'd at the Edward Scissorhands comment  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011 07:28:47 AM »

Very cute and a great way to use up scraps!
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