Tuesday, January 4, 2011

FO: Fetching Mitts

I wanted to make something for Napoleon’s owner, too, and a nice pair of cabled mitts to match Po’s coat seemed like a perfect gift. I settled on the Fetching mitts from Knitty. They have just enough cables to be interesting without over-doing it.

Cascade 220 Superwash is so soft and such a pleasure to knit with. I enjoyed making these mitts so much. They also knit up super-fast- I think I finished them in three days total. The pattern was really easy to follow, and it had a couple of new techniques that I had never used before. When I’ve knit mitts in the past, I’ve knit the gusset for the thumb as I’ve knitted or I’ve put those stitches on waste yarn to hold later. Instead of doing this, the Fetching pattern has you actually knit the waste yarn into the pattern. Basically, you knit a tube, then go back later, pull out the waste yarn, pick up the resulting live stitches, and knit the thumb. Suddenly, you go from having a tube to having a glove. It’s like magic (although not as much magic as turning a heel)!

The picot edging was also new for me. It’s one of those nice little features that never would have even occurred to me to use, had I been designing the mitt, but it really adds something to the finished object. It was really easy and fun to do, too!

Pattern: Fetching

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash

Needles: US4

The Verdict: I love the way these turned out. They were quick and easy, yet such a fantastic finished object. I definitely want to make another pair!

1 comment:

  1. Fetching is one of my favorite patterns. These turned out beautifully... Happy New Year!!