Sunday, December 2, 2007

Dishpan hands pattern

Somebody saw me knitting a square dishcloth one day and said that her aunt makes four little squares and sews them into a band that slips over the hand. I thought, why stop there when you could make a whole mitten? So that’s what I did.

This pattern should fit most hands. The cuff is fairly tight so that the mitten doesn’t slip off in the dish water. I gave it a purl swirl for texture, which makes for extra scrubability. The cotton is stretchy–this mitten fits me whether or not I’m wearing a rubber glove, and it also fits my husband’s hand (not that I can get him to use it). It makes a great gift. It’s unique, cheap, easy, and the best part is you only have to make one!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 7.75 inches, Length: 8.5 inches

MATERIALS Peaches and Creme [100% cotton; 70.9g skein]; color: White; 1 ball OR other worsted weight dishcloth yarn

1 set US #6/4mm double-point needles

1 set US #8/5mm double-point needles

Medium stitch holder Tapestry needle

GAUGE 16 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch with larger needles

PATTERN Using long-tail method, CO 30 sts on smaller needles. Work K1, P1 rib around until work measures .75 inches from CO edge. Switch to larger needles.

Row 1: K around Row 2: Inc 9 sts evenly over row: 39 sts. Row 3: (P1, K2) around. Row 4: (K1, P1, K1) around. Row 5: (K2, P1) around.

Rep rows 3-5 until work measures 3.5 inches, or until it reaches the bottom of your thumb. Next row: Work pattern as established for 15 sts. Slip next 9 sts onto stitch holder. Cont to work rem sts in patt: 30 sts. Cont to work in patt until piece measures 7.5 inches.

Next row: (K1, K2 tog) 10 times: 20 stitches. Next row: K Next row: (K2 tog) 10 times: 10 stitches. Next row: K Next row: (K2 tog) 5 times: 5 stitches.

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitches.

Finish thumb Sl sts from holder onto needles. Pick up 3 sts on palm side of thumb: 12 sts. Work thumb sts in patt until thumb measures 2.25 inches. (K2 tog) 6 times: 6 stitches. Cut yarn and pull tail through rem sts.

FINISHING Weave in ends, and go wash your dishes!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bye bye!

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ole mitten notes

I grafted the stitches when there were 14 stitches left.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Ole mittens and other stuff.

Cast on 14 stitches. Knit 60 rows. Bind off all but last stitch. Turn and pick up 29 stitches across length. Join in the round and knit one row. Knit 14, pm, kfb, kfb, pm, knit 14. Knit a row. Knit 14, kfb, k2, kfb, knit 14. K one row. Continue in pattern until there are 14 stitches between markers. Move thumb stitches to holder, continue knitting mitten in the round.

That's what I've got so far, anyway. I've got too many things in progress. I need to start finishing stuff. Henceforth, October will be known as The Month of Finishing Stuff.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Place markers at 15-8-30-8-15 (because I accidentally increased a couple of times before I realized I had put the markers in the wrong spot).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Baby hoodie

Here's how I started:

Prov cast on 64. Place marker after 32 stitches. K to 1 before marker, inc, sl marker, inc, K across. Next row: purl. Rep these two rows until 76 stitches. K until piece measures 7 inches.

More later...

Thursday, August 9, 2007

"Cozy" is done

I decided to do "Cozy" instead of "Assuring":
It took about 10-12 balls of Wool Ease in Natural Heather.

Now I'm working on a couple of sweaters, and I still have a baby blanket to finish.