Last week or so, I finished Tegan’s mittens. I used a pattern from Ravelry – a pattern using double pointed needles. It was a bit different than the thumbless ones I did for Ashlin, but not too different, and the thumb bit seemed pretty straightforward.
As is usually with DPN’s, the beginning is a bit fiddly, but gets easier after a few rows. By the time I got a bit of the wrist and lower palm done on the first one, I realized the pattern would be too big for my little girl, so I modified the pattern to be a bit smaller. (I took a round out before dividing for the thumb, then did nine rounds for the thumb instead of 12, 13 rounds on the fingers instead of 20, one repeat of the decrease pattern for the little finger shaping). Turned out perfect for the little hands.
Par for the course, I miscounted/misread how to divide the stitches off the needles for the thumb. The second mitten has the proper alignment, so there isn’t a V on the palm. I’m sure Teagan will never notice, though I won’t make the same mistake again.
Another improvement over Ashlin’s mittens was figuring out how to do a proper Kitchener stitch! Woo woo! I still have a bit of work to do with the tension at the start and end of the graft, but so much better than my first two attempts.
I’m going to work up another set of mittens – one for each girl – using yarn that match the hats I crocheted last year. Mittens that I won’t mind them getting too wet or dirty while playing at day care. These mittens, I’d like them to try to keep looking nice.
I also made Teagan a scarf, mimicking the pattern of her hat – a row of purl stitches between a bunch of stockinette. Initially, I had tried to do some double seed stitches on the edges, but they curled, and I didn’t like how they looked. Then I tried regular seed stitch, and that still curled. So, back to a simple garter border. This curled a little bit, but with a little blocking, stayed flat.
I spent one night fringing both girls scarves. Somehow that seems to be more annoying to do than weaving in ends though not quite as bad as sewing pieces together.
Eventually, I blocked everything. Soaked all the hats, mittens and scarves in a pot then stretched them out on my make-shift blocking board. I used my lace blocking wires to make nice, straight edges on the scarves. No scallops here! It was super easy pinning them this way, though threading the wires is a bit tedious. The hats just had a minimum amount of shaping, as well as Ashlin’s mitts. Teagan’s mittens, however, needed a bit more shaping. I still need to weave in the ends on them, but they do look a lot nicer now. All of them look nicer now.
When people ask if it’s worth blocking knit items – and crochet – I say yes. Just about everything I’ve blocked has looked better, more square, more lacy, more even, than before it was blocked, even if it was a light block.