November 04, 2007
Under Gloves & Over Mitts
It was love at first sight. The perfect mix of color, lace, fingers, and thumbs -- practical and versatile, yet fun loving. Have you seen Veronik Avery's Woolen Gloves and Latvian Fingerless Mitts from her new book, Knitting Classic Style? This dynamic duo has been designed to be worn separately or in combination -- mitts over, gloves under. Come on, my friends, this is too cool to be resisted. I've ordered the yarn, knit the gauge swatch, and am poised to cast on. For those on Ravelry, I'm using these projects as my first foray into the mix -- check them out here.
I've found through experience that I'm one of those knitter's whose gauge differs when knitting in the round verses knitting back and forth. It's most certainly related to my tendency to row-out and to purl purls slightly bigger than I knit knits. One advantage of my self awareness is that I now know to knit my gauge swatch in the round for in-the-round projects. The gloves and mitts each call for a slightly different gauge even though they use the same yarn. In an attempt to front load my swatching, I knit this swatch for both project using three different needle sizes -- US2, US1, and US3.
"Rowing out"! WOW! That is exactly my "problem". Thanks for the enlightening post....not sure how I missed the original explanation. I just did some test knitting and that is exactly what I do too. Explains a great deal.....
The gloves and mitts are gorgeous btw. Will be watching for progress photos.
Posted by: Kathy in Iowa | Nov 5, 2007 6:03:53 AM
Fingerless mitts that go over gloves...that's genious! I love the colors and can't wait to see how they turn out.
Posted by: Vicki | Nov 5, 2007 6:25:28 AM
I'm happy that you are blogging again... and what about your daily swatching? I really enjoyed reading those entries!
Posted by: Kim Ledford-Hauser | Nov 5, 2007 7:58:51 AM
Yay! You are a "Raveler" too! I just got my invite last week, and I love all the different features! I have been like a kid in a candy shop trying them out. It's a great way to keep track of just about everything related to your knitting, isn't it?
I learn so much from your blog! :) You take the time to explain many things that the average knitter doesn't come across very often. Thank you for taking the time to do that! You are a great teacher!
Your yarn looks lovely in your photos, btw... Such pretty colors! I am looking forward to seeing the completed projects.
Posted by: Bernadette | Nov 6, 2007 8:19:19 AM
One thing I noticed re our swatch was that there appeared to be some distortion in each section from the different needle sizes used for the adjacent section. One way to get around this is to knit a really enormous swatch (uggh!) Another way is to to a row with YOs (instead of the extra knit row that I think you did, the pic is a bit small to see), in between the different needle size sections. After all, there is gauge swatch accuracy to one decimal place and accuracy to two decimal places!
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