Anemoi Mittens (Larger)
March 16th, 2008 | View Comments
Pattern: Anemoi Mittens, by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Dalegarn Baby Ull, #0010 and #5545, 1 skein each
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 0 (2mm) and US 1 (2.5mm)
Woohoo!! The larger pair is now done. Three mittens (smallest size) used up one full skein of each color, so I had to dip into extra skeins to finish the final mitten.
Additional Pattern Commentary
In finishing the second pair, I remembered a few more things about the pattern that I didn’t mention last time:
In the chart for the right hand palm, there is an error in row 57, the last row of the repeated section. The first stitch to the left of the border on the right side of the chart is marked as Main Color, but it should be marked Contrast Color. This should be clear when you examine the left side of the chart and the overall pattern.
I made the cuff longer for both pairs of mittens—24 and 25 rows of corrugated rib instead of 18, respectively. I like the longer cuff because it seals against the cold better (plus I have long arms and so my wrists are forever peeking out from under my sleeves), but this isn’t so much extra length that it upsets the proportion of the mitten.
I think it’s absolutely necessary to block the mittens the way Eunny recommends in the pattern—palm side up, with the thumbs folded in and pinned to the palm. I am generally a big believer in blocking, but there are a couple of reasons why it’s an especially good idea for the Anemoi Mittens:
- The purl stitches are meant to run along the side edges of the mittens, but they are knit with the front and the back. This means that the mittens will be slightly twisted when they first come off the needles but a proper blocking will restore the intended shape.
- The thumb gore is actually attached to the palm, not the side. If you look at the palm charts, you’ll see that the border continues down next to the thumb gore. Folding the thumb in when blocking preserves this border and also forms the mitten so it more closely follows the shape of your hand. After all, your thumb is usually bent in slightly, not sticking straight out to the side.
More pictures and commentary after the jump.
After a second knitting, I am still convinced that Eunny is a genius. Not only does her version of corrugated rib look super-cool, with the contrasting purl columns neatly inlaid into the knit columns, but the pattern itself is constructed with both slip-stitch knitting, stranded colorwork, and cleverly-placed decreases.
Here’s a picture of the inside, for the fair-isle geeks:
Even though it’s warming up now (Wisconsin turned out to be 50 degrees instead of the predicted 15), I did manage to get the mittens outside and even gave them a spin in the snow.
And then I had to take them off, because my hands were getting hot.
Other entries about the Anemoi Mittens:
- Anemoi Mittens (Smaller)
- Solution: Generosity
- Knitting Perfectionism: The Bane of my Existence
- Folly. Fall-y. Fa-la-la-la-la-y.
- December is Lots of Teeny Projects Month
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