Tag Archives: stranded knitting

Insect Mittens – Nice!

3 Jan

The bug beetle mittens are done (ignorance is bliss – I can no longer call non-bug insects bugs with a good conscience). The pattern is Entomology from the book Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. I used an itty bitty amount (maybe 50 g of each color) of an aran weight yarn (7 veljestä from Novita) and 3 mm needles.

Every time I do stranded knitting, the inside of the work turns out better and neater than the last time. That is way cool.

I’ve had the bamboo double pointed needles I used for these for years now, and I never used them before. I think they were one of the first needles I ever bought when I started knitting in 2007. They’re on the sharp side, which meant a really painful knitting experience at the time.

But now that I no longer have the beginner knitter’s death grip and my gauge has mellowed (the yarn no longer creaks when I knit), these turned out to be awesome needles. I think I only used them because all my other 3 mm needles were in use, but I’m glad I did. At least Prym’s bamboo needles have just the right amount of grip for neat stranded knitting.

Looking at the pictures, I can see that I’ve made some mistakes, but I probably won’t want to fix them (I would duplicate stitch the mistakes away). When I start using these, no one is going to notice one stitch in the wrong place – including me.

May Cause Dizziness

30 Jan

It’s a sunny, peaceful Sunday afternoon. I’ve been studying and generally being productive, but took a break to weave in the ends in the pair of socks I finished knitting yesterday. I love every detail in these socks, and they seem to be designed for my plump but short legs and feet (seriously, my feet stopped growing length very early on and concentrated on developing girth.)

Pattern: Dizzy (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Sisu from Sandnes Garn

Colorways: 1088 (black), 6755 (blue). 2 balls each

Needles: 2,5 mm & 3 mm

*****

These socks were a great way to start the new knitting year. Stranded knitting is simple but so rewarding, and extra warm, too. Geometric shapes in stranded knitting are especially fun because they’re so logical they eliminate the need to closely follow the charts.

I did make several mistakes, though. I am so pleased with these socks that I surprised myself by actually taking the time to fix those mistakes by duplicate stitching…

Yay, knitting magick. Totally worth it, even if it meant having a billion more ends to weave in. Still, I bet this was less trouble than ripping back every time I noticed I’d made a mistake a couple of rows ago.

It’s difficult to take any kind of sensible pictures of socks while wearing them… unless, I imagine, you happen to be a knitting contortionist.

 

 

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