Finally Finished: Little Mitts

Tonight, I am excited to bring you a very special “Finally Finished” post.

That’s right folks…this is a Finally Finished KNITTING project! I know, I’m as surprised as you are.

Knitting and me didn’t get off to the best of starts but I’ve stuck with it in my own way: have yarn and needles near my bed and then if the mood takes me I can have a go before I go to sleep or when I get up. I imagine that if I put as much time and effort into learning to knit as I did/do to crochet I’d be well away but I just have too many things that I need Want MUST crochet and so knitting never really gets the time it deserves.

I decided that it was high time to Make a Knitted Something though and I thought that if you can crochet a rectangle and sew it up leaving a gap for the thumb then surely I could knit one? Yes? Just in garter stitch as that way I don’t need to faff about with purling or blocking it afterwards.

After a bit of trial and error I cast on 36 stitches (my original guesstimate of 60 being slighty gargantuan for my weeny hands!) with Rowan Cashsoft dk and I was off. I knitted an inch in one go and really enjoyed it. After that I carted it to work with me and sneaked a bit at lunch time – knitting in my bag so that nobody can see!

I finished the first one and my mum cast it off for me when she visited. Hurrah! I carried it around with me all proud and stroked it a lot and showed anyone who would look (not many people). Then I realised that hmm, I have two hands don’t I, so I cast on the second one and did most of it on the train on the way back from Jenny’s house a few weeks ago.

I hit a snag after that as I didn’t know how to count rows or anything so I did another bit of guesstimating which fortunately was just less than the first one. My friend at Knit and Knatter counted it up for me and then kindly showed me how to sew them up. Exciting! (Thank you T).

Want to see? I’m so ridiculously proud of these, you can’t even begin to imagine. Well ok, you probably can as I’m not shy with the old hyperbole am I now.

Now I promise you that they are exactly the same size! They just look a bit squiff here. The one on the left is the one where my friend did most of the sewing and the one on the right is the one I did on my own in an impatient huff to get it finished. They’re soooooooooo warm and soft!

It’s hard to photograph hand items so Lucy helped me out last weekend. We staged it and made a cuppa especially for this purpose!

The next day though I had a bit of a “Don’t try this at home moment” and put my camera strap around my neck, held my camera under my chin whilst winding the strap in a figure of eight around my forehead and then letting go with my chin and using it on the 2 second self timer. Phew! It was a bit strangling but worked out pretty well I think and it’s a method I will bear in mind for the future hehe.

I love them because I’ve knitted them and because they’re wearable and I’ve used them a lot already. I love them because they’re RED and look lush with my navy coat, and I love them because they’re Rowan Cashsoft which is beeeeyoootiful.

But I do have a bit of a soft spot for the fact that they look like little balaclavas for my hands.

xxx

22 thoughts on “Finally Finished: Little Mitts

  1. Welcome to the world of knitting….those look great, you did well….I think one ‘row’ (that ribby bit) of garter is the equivalent of 2 rows of stocking stitch.
    What next? Nothing stopping you making a cowl to match!! Cosy, cosy for walking to work? Yes?

  2. Oh wow! I was going to start on a pair of mittens this weekend. Yours looks so neat, so lovely! Can’t wait to get started on mine now. x

  3. They look fantastic. I can only do a knit/garter stitch so these would be ideal for a knitting project.

    Just love how soft & warm Rowan cashsoft and it crochets lovely. May have to go hunting for a colour to go with my winter coat as I really want to start knitting properly.

    well done, its a great feeling finishing a project especially when it is a new skill you have learnt.

  4. Heather these mitts are so good. During the summer I decided to have yet another stab at knitting. So I knitted a face cloth in moss stitch
    ( a rectangle, how hard could that be?) using Rowan cotton and it turned out really well. So then after looking in Jane Brocket’s book and spotting some bunting I thought I would have a go! Well could I get the pattern right in moss stitch with the decreasing? The short answer is NO! Determined not to give up I attempted one triangle in garter stitch. It worked. The good thing I liked about the pattern was that it was based on the number of rows you knitted. So no measuring. Have to confess that some of the triangles had to be undone because I’d
    get to the last row and discover I had the wrong number of stitches on the needle. When the triangles were finished I was even confident
    enough to to join them altogether with crochet. Of course I have been looking at patterns for fingerless mitts. So Rowan cashsoft yarn sounds perfect. Enjoy wearing yours!!! xx

  5. Man, I am jealous/totally in awe! A while ago I took home some of my grandma’s knitting needles, very determined to learn, but I can’t even manage a rectangle. And knitting is Painful! Well, it might have been the neck hernia I’m suffering, but I blame it on the knitting, lol :D I was sitting all cramped up with those needles stuck below my armpits – definitely not the most elegant way to do it, but the needles kept slipping away all the time. The thing is, I love all things knitted, I love fairisle and I love the soft squishiness of knitted garments. It seems impossible to obtain that with crochet, boohoo. Mmm, maybe I should try again? Your mitts look fab! xxxx

  6. Well done Heather, they are so pretty, red is perfect for this time of year :0) I love knitting but I think crochet comes in at number 1 on my list xox Have a super duper weeknd xox

  7. What a lovely colour. The wool looks lovely. You did really well. I knit and crochet both! However, my crochet items are fewer as I never know what to do. Have some yarn to start a ripple.

    I designed my own mitts (bear in mind I”m not an expert knitter) and I put a picture on Creative Living forum and was very pleased with them. I did frog them a couple of times though. I am not a lover of doing garter stitch as it seems to be quite slow to knit. I’m on a pair to give to someone from CL, who also has a blog, who sent me two lovely books so I’m repaying her kindness. I’ve just got to sew them up.

    You will have to try to knit something else soon. I can give you the instructions for the ones I did if you ever want them. Simples!

  8. What a lovely colour. The wool looks lovely. You did really well. I knit and crochet both! However, my crochet items are fewer as I never know what to do. Have some yarn to start a ripple.

    I designed my own mitts (bear in mind I\"m not an expert knitter) and I put a picture on Creative Living forum and was very pleased with them. I did frog them a couple of times though. I am not a lover of doing garter stitch as it seems to be quite slow to knit. I\’m on a pair to give to someone from CL, who also has a blog, who sent me two lovely books so I\’m repaying her kindness. I\’ve just got to sew them up.

    You will have to try to knit something else soon. I can give you the instructions for the ones I did if you ever want them. Simples!

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