Wow!!! Thank you, thank you! You are all so nice!! Thanks for all of the kind comments and e-mails on my pattern in Knitty. I am very excited about having my pattern accepted. I must say, it does make one feel a bit vulnerable; "Will they like it?", "Did I make any major errors in my pattern writing?" Your words of support really help! I had over 900 hits on my blog yesterday! Yikes, I may be hearing from Typepad about my bandwidth usage . . .
On to my latest FO.
DD #2 is not a morning person.
She loves the new mitts though.
They made for some fine train knitting on my trip to DC this week.
I love train rides.
The mitts are based on the Chevron Scarf pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Chevron Mitts, based on Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. There is a great Flickr group for the scarf here. I cheated and added my mitts to the scarf group.
Yarn: Socks That Rock, medium weight in Farmhouse and Lemongrass.
Needles: US size 4, I started on DPN's, but switched to magic loop for the train ride. It's just too risky to knit with DPNs on a train. Dropping one would mean crawling on the train floor under the feet of business travelers and college students.
If you want to make a pair yourself:
Cast on 48 stitches, and work in the round using the stitch pattern from the book. (I don't feel comfortable giving the stitch pattern here because of copyright laws. The book is worth buying anyway.) I began by purling the first 4 rounds. Since you'll be working in the round, knit all of the rows that are purled in the pattern. In round 3 of the 5th pattern repeat, begin increasing for thumb. I placed my increases between the 4th and 5th kf&b, (note that this was not a patterning round, I just refer to it this way to give an idea of placement.) Do not knit the pattern on the thumb stitches. Increase on alternate rounds. I increased until there were 16 stitches for my thumb gusset, then placed the thumb stitches on a scrap of yarn. Continue working the original 48 stitches in the round for 4 more repeats. Work the first three rounds of the pattern one more time, purl 3 rounds and bind off loosely. Place thumb stitches back on needle, pick up and knit 6 more stitches in the "gap", join and knit two rows of each color for 6 rounds, purl 3 rounds and bind off loosely.
That about does it. I hope those instructions make sense.
Thanks again for all of your wonderful, supportive comments and e-mails on my Knitty pattern!