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« on: August 14, 2005 09:20:24 PM »

These are a labour of love that started when I saw this scarf pattern in a topic on the discussion board. I have enough scarves, and I hardly wear the ones I have as is, so I thought I'd try and put the cable panel onto mittens. I swatched the cable panel, found it was exactly the width of the back of my hand, but 20 stitches wide - which meant the mitten pattern I usually use (from Hip to Knit) wouldn't work, since it's knit on 36 stitches, and the thumb placement would be weird.

So I started using the mitten pattern from Weekend Knitting, but after I finished the cuff I discovered I didn't like the way they did the thumb, so I switched back to the Hip to Knit pattern for the thumb gusset instructions, and then kind of winged it for the decreases at the top. . .and the purl row where the thumb begins was me starting to knit the thumb backwards, and then deciding to go with the mistake instead of frogging.

It was also sort of a first (gentle) foray into designing, because of all the patterns that needed to be combined. . .and then I had to work out how to place the thumb to have left and right mittens (as opposed to two left mitts that I'd wear as sense and anti-sense. get it?)

Anyway. As a Neuroscience major I'm very excited about these mittens, which I'll be wearing to class every day in hopes of getting extra credit.   Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2005 09:41:14 PM »

They're great!  Besides the design, I also love the color.  Curious to know if many people "get" it when you wear them.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2005 09:44:47 PM »

Those are really amazing!   Great hybrid mittens.

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2005 08:54:36 AM »

Those are very cool. I'd give you extra credit. And way to be brave and create a new pattern!
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2005 09:35:49 AM »

Beautiful mittens!
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2005 10:45:17 AM »

Great job on the mittens--how time-consuming/difficult would you say the cable pattern is? I'm super slow on cables and can imagine such a project taking the remainder of my adult life to finish...

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2005 10:48:31 AM »

Three cheers for a fellow neuroscience major with super awesome amazing mittens!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2005 10:48:54 AM »

Those are so funny!  I love the color too  Cheesy

« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2005 12:07:44 PM »

Oh, those mittens are killer.

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2005 12:41:23 PM »

Awesome mittens! And thanks for the link to the scarf pattern. Now I know what my dad's getting for Christmas!

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