Mitten Mayhem

So this is what I worked on during Sunday (all day) football – a pair of fingerless mitts (Ravelry link!) for my lovely Aunt.  The goal is to get them to her by Christmas.

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Things were going pretty good, that is until I tried them on… then it was a crisis situation.  I read in a lot of the project descriptions on Ravelry that they tended to be too small.  I figured going up two needle sizes would counterbalance the facts that 1. I tend to knit pretty tightly and 2. they mitts tend to be too small.  So I used a US size 3 needle instead of the recommended US 1 1/2.  Should be in the clear, right? Nope.

If I was knitting them for myself, I would say “I’ve come this far, there is no turning back now” and just have mitts that were a little snug.  But I was envisioning something looser and more relaxed for her (plus I don’t know how big her hands are in comparison to mine) so I’m frogging it and trying again.  We’ll see what comes of it.  The way I see it I have two options, 1. go up another needle size or 2. do some magic and find a way to increase the number of stitches without significantly altering the fair isle pattern.   I think I’m going with #1… I can’t do magic.

How’s your holiday knitting coming along? This is only #2 on a list of hundreds so I’m a little behind (like usual).  It wouldn’t be Christmas if I wasn’t frantically knitting a last minute gift, right?

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