Chain Chain Chaaaaain…

My delicious Podster Gloves are done!  Whoo hoo!

I know, they’re spectacular, thank you, but does anything strike you as odd?

Exactly right! The left glove is larger than the right glove.  You probably won’t believe me, but I did it on purpose.

I finished the left glove first, making the large size (the pattern is written for two sizes: small and large). I felt like the fit was just a smidge too floopy (yes, that’s floopy, not floppy), so I decided to make the small size for my right hand to see if the fit was better.  Remember, fitted items will often stretch out with wear, so a bit floopy now quickly moves into bagsville…and no one wants to live in bagsville – especially your clever fingers.

And the winner is….dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah…(Jeopardy theme)…neither! Oh drat.  As it turns out, ideally I need a MEDIUM size. So, back to the drawing board (aka the pattern modification board).

In other words, what I need here is the “Goldilocks” size…not too big, not too small…juuuuust right.

Here’s how they fit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how uber-cool is this thumb hatch?!  Genius!

These gloves do require a smidge of finishing – a loop and button and all, sooooo, just for fun, I thought I’d provide this tutorial for making the pretty little finger chain loop for the top of the mitten flap. You could, of course, make the same chain with a skinny little crochet hook, but I find it kind of fun to do with my fingers.

How To Make a Finger Chain Loop:

(The instructions for each step are BELOW the related picture)

Step One: Thread a darning needle with a single strand of your working yarn. Take the needle inside the mitten flap and bring it though just to one side of the centre top of the flap.  You can leave the inside tail loose and secure it later, or, alternatively (and probably the smarter way), you can turn the flap inside out and secure the tail with a few small stitches into the inside of the flap before pulling the yarn through (see below):

(This is also Step Seven)

 

 

Step Two:  Make a loop with the yarn coming out of the flap and stuff your thumb, index and middle fingers into the loop.

 

Step Three/Four:  Making sure the yarn is crossed at the base of the loop, pinch the loose end between your thumb and index finger, and pull it though the loop, making a second loop.

 

Step Five:  pull the second loop though the first loop until the first loop closes up. *Note: in order to tighten the first loop, you may have to hold the loose tail on the inside of the flap if you didn’t secure it in Step One.

 

Step Six:  Repeat pulling a new loop through the last one until you have the length you need. Draw the needle though the last loop to anchor the finished chain, then, a stitch or two away from the start of the chain, take the needle back through the mitt to the inside and pull just until the loop butts up against the top of the mitt.

 

Step Seven: Turn the mitt inside out and carefully take a few small stitches in the back loops to secure the loose ends. Be careful not to pull too hard, or you could pull your chain through to the inside.

Step Eight:  Tie the loose ends together in a square knot (right over left, then left over right)

Step Nine: Cut the tails, leaving a sweet little bow.

Step Ten:  Turn right side out and admire the lovely little chain your fingers made all by themselves!

I chose to place the button just above the ribbing for the wrist.  The button I chose is cute as can be, but, alas, too small and will have to be replaced.

Okay…enough with the gloves (although they are pretty magnificent – my grandma has already asked for a pair for next year!).

Next post will be (as I promised last time) about some of my favorite knitting teachers/designers. I have a lot to say on that subject, so it will take a post or two (or three) to get it out of my system.

Until then, take good care…and Knit! It’s good for you.

Cheers, Nicole

I think I’m in glove…

As promised – current project on Nicole’s kneedles:

These gloves are specifically designed for the hardcore smart phone addict (namely, moi). Not only do they have a convertible mitten top that exposes half-nude finger tips, they also have an adorable flip-back thumb tip for texting on the go – Brilliant!

The pattern is the Podster Gloves, which is a free download on Ravelry. (Reminder – you won’t be able to access this link unless you are a Ravelry member – which, as I said before, if you’re not, you should be).

Here’s some early progress:

Thumb stitches are cooling their heels on waste yarn, and two fingers are completed (ring and pinky still chillin’ on waste yarn).  You can also see that there is a line of waste yarn running through a row of stitches across the back of the hand – these stitches will be picked up later to add the convertible mitten top.

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And here is the front, or palm, of the hand:

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If you look at the original Podster Glove pattern, you will notice a line of increases running from the wrist to the inside of the thumb.  As you can see, my glove doesn’t have this line, because I inadvertently did my increases at the outside edge of the thumb instead:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I initially freaked out a bit when I realized that my interpretation of the instructions did not appear to be the correct one (free patterns can sometimes be a little on the vague side – but no complaining because it’s very very generous of people to share their work without compensation!), but after a while, my case of the s’posed-to’s subsided and I decided it was fine as is.

Now, fingers and thumb (with the adorable, and oh so fiddly, thumb flap) are complete and I have cast on and ribbed one row of stitches for palm side of the mitten flap.

Here I am picking up the stitches that were waiting patiently on the waste yarn across the back of the hand:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all the stitches are picked up, I pull out the waste yarn and it looks like this on the needle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, I do all my circular knitting with two circular needles. I find double-pointeds waaaaay too fiddly, and the Magic Loop method with one circular needle pulls at the stitches too much for my taste, but it’s very popular – here’s a link to a description of it on Knitting Daily: The Magical Magic Loop

Here’s the “palm” side of the mitten top with the second row of ribbing in progress:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, in case you’re curious, here’s the lovely yarn I’m knitting with (purchased at the Button and Needlework Boutique):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will post a finished picture of the first glove as soon as it’s done.  Number two should go faster, but it doesn’t always happen that way, as we all know.  However, I do want to be able to wear these puppies before it’s too warm for them, so I am motivated to finish them asap.

Next post will be about some of my favorite knitting teachers and designers.

Stay tuned!…and Knit! It’s good for you.

Nicole

Hiya Knitters!

Hello, my name is Nicole and, yes, this is yet another knitting blog. (That’s Charlie above, in her “hounds”tooth coat 🙂

I really hesitated to create my own blog after realizing that every knitter and her dog (or cat) has a blog these days, but as it turns out, I couldn’t resist.

Here’s why:

  1. I love to knit. Seriously…love it.
  2. I can knit any pattern I chose, fearlessly (the harder, the better).
  3. I want to be a knitting pattern designer, writer, and teacher.
  4. I’ve known how to knit since I was a child and have been knitting garments for 25 years.
  5. I used to teach sewing classes for adults – everything from absolute beginners to advanced tailoring.
  6. I used to design and sew custom wedding gowns, quilted wall art, home decor, Xmas decorations, and more.
  7. I am an excellent writer (and also very modest).
  8. In conclusion… I knit, I create, I teach, I write…therefore, I blog.

It’s time to insert an interesting photo in my new blog, so here’s one of a lovely shrug I knit last year called Eve’s Ribs, designed by Carol Sunday of Sunday Knits.

  Here’s some more detail:

Pretty nice, eh?  (Yup, I’m Canadian – good work spotting the accent 🙂

If you’re interested, you can find out more about Eve’s Ribs here: Sunday Knits – Eve’s Ribs  (when you see words in pretty colours on my blog, it’s a link to a cool place)

Okay, how am I doing with this blog stuff so far?

Introduction? Check!

Pretty photo? Check!

Link to another site? Check!

So far so good, let’s continue.

How about one more picture before I finish my very first post – this is the Rill Scarf, designed by Miriam L. Felton. I knit it in the fall last year and I wear it every day. Every. Day.

   Isn’t the yarn spectacular?  I bought it at the Button and Needlework Boutique.

My next post will include photos of my many (or my favorite, if the many is too many) works in progress.  Also in the next post or two, I will talk about my favorite designers, and how I plan to learn pattern design.

If you’re a Raveler, I’m NicoleKneedles there.  Please look me up and say hello.  If you’re not a Raveler – be one: Ravelry.com

There’s one of those RSS feeds up there somewhere, so you don’t miss anything.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll be back!

And…Knit! It’s good for you.

Cheers, Nicole