I have had the most fun learning to knit these modular sideways hand warmers. The pattern, called Either/Or, is a great one. It’s by Lee Meredith, and she includes instructions for making short fingerless gloves, long fingerless gloves and mittens. The pattern is very thorough. There is a little bit of calculating in order to keep track of the stitches cast on for when you knit the second glove. This is where I went wrong.
First, I think these gloves are so pretty. I started knitting in the round with the thumb. You have to do lots of increasing, and this was kind of funny to me to try to keep up with.
I didn’t have enough colors so I had to use some yarn markers as well (blue and pink). The markers indicated where I was doing the increases. All the markers overwhelmed me a little at first, but then I realized it was no big thing.
Once I increased to a certain point, I put part of the stitches on markers and then knit the top. When I was done with the top, I came back to the stitches on the bottom and knitted the bottom. Although – these mitts are so fun. They fit so that the top can be the bottom or the bottom can be the top. Either works.
So back to how I went wrong:
I knit the first mitt and then I got distracted by another project. I left these mitts for a week or so. When I returned to the second mitt, I somehow didn’t do my calculations correctly, and I ended up with this:
Two different sized mitts. I am not sure how I did this. I was disappointed though. I’d hoped to give these as a gift, but I will have to make some more. Making more is not a bad thing, but I wish I would have knitted them one after the other. I need to resolve to do better in project finishing. For example, I was looking around at my projects on ravelry today, and I found a sock that I had made in 2010. I realized that the second one still needs to be made.
So now having realized my finishing problems, I realize that I’ve got to get back to these gnome mittens. The first one is almost done. I don’t want the gnome mittens to become another unfinished statistic.