Yes, some days are bitter cold. Or wet and bitter cold. But others are mild, a bit steamy. The afternoon sun is warm on our shoulders as we do weekend errands. So it’s been time to pull out the unfinished winter projects – the last pair of mittens for the nieces, the remaining hats – for me, and one to send off to the Sioux elders.
Wanting to study twined knitting this year, I’ve been working on a couple of pairs of mittens that draw on a variety of twining and colorwork techniques. I finally finished a pair of mittens for the youngest niece-let (finally, because I seemed to have been knitting on fumes after the winter holiday rush to finish so many gloves and mitts). No pattern for these little dainties (but guided by those shared by other generous knitters here and here), some skeins of Araucania pink and magenta, US 3 (3.25 mm) dpns, and online discussion of twined knitting techniques. Somehow, I managed to include most of the technical elements I’d set out to study: multi-color casting-on (3-strand braided cast-on) and corrugated ribbing (on the cuffs), bands of twined “crook” or chain stitches (above the wrists). This project was a delight to research: twined knitting resources abound on the net (here and here, for instance), and it’s easy to find powerful inspiration from amazing twiners like Anna-Maj’s and Asplund.
- Recharted the leaves, to turn them so that they point towards the fingers now;
- revised some of the twists so that they lay flatter, using decreases and increases instead of 3 st twists; and
- worked a thumb gusset at side instead of inset thumb on palm. Wish I’d gone up a size on the needles, but soldiered on, having frogged the cuffs once.
detail of the surface – compare twisted sts with dec and increase techniques
Vertigo hat by Kerstin Michler, just in time for the vernal equinox. A straightforward little pattern, which made a wonderful hat with the colors I anticipate from spring. Noro Silk Garden and US 6 (4.0 mm) needles (16″ circulars and dpns). Worked with 40 sts (instead of 45) for woman’s hat. Used just over 1 skein of yarn to knit the 11 sections required.
KOB Ying Yang Beret IV,