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  • knitting1105 12:46 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Girl’s Weekend 

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    I have not posted a lot recently, as I have been knitting the same pattern over and over again.  For last weekend’s 3rd annual girls away retreat, I made a pair of fingerless mitts for everyone in attendance (Free pattern here).  As the list grew and grew, I had to knit faster.  Luckily there were not any last minute additions.

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    It was so much fun to give these out.  I laid them on my bed and invited everyone in to choose a pair.

    A glove toast!

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    The weekend was at a beautiful house on the shores of Lake Michigan.  My first step into my home State in over a year (the longest time away ever).

    A weekend of great friends

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    Amazing food

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    And a few drinks…

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    So much laughter. Until next year…

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    • natas75 1:00 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely idea. It seems like you all had a blast..

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    • Diane Hamilton 2:48 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a lot of fun with good friends and I bet they loved their fingerless mitts, what a thoughtful gift. I miss Michigan and the beach too. Hope to be there this summer for a trip to Mackinac Island.

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      • knitting1105 3:11 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        This was a lot of fun, and the mitts were a big hit. I want to join you on Mackinac Island if possible.

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    • Erin 3:25 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful pics–looks like tons of fun! And I love the mittens–thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    • Michelle Metes 11:00 pm on December 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like it was a Good Time, Frances! Need to start knitting my fingerless mittens, again. Friends have been asking for the pattern where you do a cable stitch on the back of hand section. Will look around for another pattern, but I do like yours! Cheers

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  • knitting1105 1:15 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Variations on a Theme 

    Lately I have been making fingerless mitts almost exclusively. These are all a variation on my pattern for Koigu Twisted Mitts.

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    Last week I sent out a pair to my son Ethan and his Girlfriend.  They are both in school, without a car, and out walking or biking a lot.  I thought that these would come in handy.

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    I have made this pattern so many times, that it is intuitive.  And, it is fun to change it up a bit.  Uses a lot of my leftover sock weight yarn, all you need is about 50 grams total.  Recently I have been making some that are smaller, as I realized that not everyone had big mitts like me.  A very easy take-along pattern to use.  In conjunction, when I have ribbing top and bottom, I use the tubular cast-on and tubular bind-off.  Both of these have been covered here and here.

     
  • knitting1105 11:27 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Keeping Warm Indoors 

    My daughter has very cold hands in the winter, and her office is definitely not over-heated.  When she told me that she had to type a bit, then sit on her hands to warm them up, then type, I knew she needed some fingerless gloves for working.  Last year I made my husband a pair, and he now brings them back and forth from work (need to get a second pair for him also).  Even though I had been promising her flap mittens, I thought that these were in order first.

    A simple pattern.  Since I am a numbers person, all multiples of 4.  Adjust lengths as needed…

    FINGERLESS MITTS

    • Use a fingering weight yarn of your choice
    • Size 1 needles
    • Cast-on 48 sts, join in a round
    • K2, P2 for 24 rows
    • K 12 rows St st.
    • Increase for thumb gusset as follows:
      • K 23, PM, inc 1 st (by lifting up bar below)
      • K2, inc 1 st, PM
      • K23
      • Knit next round plain (26 sts, 4 for thumb)
      • Increase row by doing one increase inside each marker
      • Knit 1 row plain
      • When there are 22 sts for thumb, place thumb sts on holder after st st row
    • Knit hand portion, CO 2 sts at thumb area (48 sts total).
    • K24 rows st st
    • *For top of mitt, Purl 1 row, K 1 row (to obtain garter st pattern) for 8 rows, last knit row is the bind-off row*
    • Put 22 sts from thumb on needle, CO 2 sts at opening and K 4 rows
    • Repeat * to* as for top of mitt.
     
    • Andi 10:51 am on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Those look nice! Have you thought about making it available as a Ravelry download?

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      • knitting1105 1:21 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I would love to make this a free download. I just need to figure out how to do that…

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    • Diane Hamilton 2:47 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea–wondering if I could make these? Still not very good at reading patterns. I started my first knitting class–she is just having us practice, practice, practice. I am anxious to start on the project.

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      • knitting1105 8:07 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You surely could make them. Once you have finished your class, these are an easy project. I hope you get totally addicted to knitting! I need a cohort in the family.

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