Wow. It’s my first post. Let’s see if I can keep this up, hm?
Anyways! I just finished some Game of Thrones-themed Lannister mittens for my cousin’s Christmas present. There are, unsurprisingly, very few patterns out there, so I wound up writing my own. More accurately, I bastardized other patterns until they worked for me. Namely, the mitones iveños from Andean Folk Knits. Maybe this week, I’ll put up my version. Here’s what they look like:
Of course, since I bought the yarn I used from KnitPicks, I just had to spend enough money on yarn for free shipping. I’ve had a copy of VogueKnitting‘s Spring/Summer 2009 edition laying around since, well, 2009 and have wanted to make Mari Muinonen’s lace stockings since Spousie introduced me to Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Ever the rebel (and the type to wear teal, black, or purple lingerie), I bought a heathered purple yarn for it. Now that the holidays are over and Spousie is busy playing Fallout 4, I get to knit them up. Here’s my progress so far. Cute, huh?
Since I’m usually a fan of DPNs for socks and mittens, knitting two stockings at once using the magic loop method takes me back to my early knitting days. It’s nostalgic, yet tedious. The progress I’m making is dispersed over two items, making it feel like I’m watching paint dry… Even though I’m progressing just as quickly as I would otherwise.
Already, I’m finding myself thinking of changes I’d make. I’m incorporating some and ignoring others, but I know I’d make more if I reknit these in other colors in the future. Want to know what they are?
- Instead of k3tog, I s1, k2tog, psso.
- Directional decreases don’t appear until row 14 of chart 1. Why not do directional decreases throughout the pattern to match up with the little lace diamonds? I might change this out next time, but it would hardly be noticeable.
- In the future, I would use a figure-8 cast-on for each stocking, knit the first few rows, and transfer them to a long circular needle.
- I’m “lazy cabling.” Since the cables are only 4 stitches wide, I’m abstaining from using a cable needle. It’s just too much to hold in your hands. More on that tomorrow?
So that’s my first post. Here’s to many more!