Summer hasn't even started here in Minnesota yet (and I sure hope it does.....soon), but I'm already thinking about what I need for fall. I've mastered knitting mittens and have a favorite pattern, but wanted to try making fingerless mitts for when the weather gets colder but not so cold you need your fingers covered, too. I found an easy pattern on Ravelry.com called Wicked Easy Wristas and whipped up these wool mitts in a very short time. One big problem I had was with the thumbs. In a typical mitten pattern there are increases that you make leading up to the thumb gusset, but with this pattern there were none. That makes it not fit as well and also left me with some loose stitches around the thumb that had to be fixed up (darn!) afterward. Another problem was I had to add four stitches to the circumference of the palm, because the mitts were too tight, and I have very small hands. I used a size 6 dpn (Double Pointed Needle), which I think is ideal because you need a tighter weave for mittens to be warm enough. The perfectionist in me is not satisfied with this pattern, so I will be trying a new one soon. Stay tuned to my blog and I will show you a pattern that works better - I promise, because I'm Not a Quitter Knitter!
www.ravelry.com yet, you seriously need to! I learned about this website a few years ago when I was at a neighborhood garage sale. The woman in charge was knitting a pair of socks on two circular needles, so I started a conversation with her. I had always wanted to learn how to do that. I was making socks the 'one at a time' way on DPNs and thought it would be easier and cool to make two at at time. She told me about all the free patterns on Ravelry, the knit and crochet community website. Ravelry also has tons of groups you can join based on your knitting or crocheting interests. Do you like to make scarves? Hats? Cowls? Dishcoths? Lace shawls? There are groups to join and people to meet who can share their experiences. People post pictures and project info on there, which can help you decide your next project to do. It's really amazing! There are also designers who sell patterns on the site. LYS (local yarn shops) have groups, too, so you can easily check up on what is happening in your area. Do you want to take a class? Are you wondering if there are any yarn sales? Join shop groups and all that info is just a click away.
Funny thing is.....getting back to the garage sale and the two socks on two circulars, I did try making socks that way, but ended up liking the 'one at a time' method best! What this taught me is I enjoy the challenge of learning something new, but also have my own preferences and need to respect that. I'm knitting for enjoyment......not to impress people!