Emma’s Big Ole Mittens

It’s gotten cold in these parts, and I need a pair of mittens.  I probably should have knocked out some utilitarian snug plain old mittens, but no, I thought I needed to do something a little fancier.

I chose a pattern from ravelry called “Emma’s Mittens”.  I had some worsted weight yarn from Tahki Stacy Charles called Sedona.  It’s a wool/silk blend.  Really nice to knit with.

So I finished a mitten.  It was lots of fun.  Cables and bobbles both!  Here’s the top.  It could use some blocking so that the bobbles pop up better.

mitten-top

The palm of the mitten was fun too.  It was a seed stitch pattern.  The thumb was an afterthought thumb – also seed stitch.

seed-stitch-mitten-back

 

There’s a problem though.  This mitten is enormous – and the reason I haven’t blocked.  I don’t need it huger!  My hand flops all around inside it.  David tried it on and it’s kinda big on him too. (He referred to this as more of a “gauntlet”.)  It’s very disappointing.  It’s my own darn fault of course.  I should have either done a swatch (it would never have crossed my mind to swatch a mitten – although it probably should have).

It occurred me that I could see if it would felt up a little but I’m afraid that would mess up the cables and bobbles.  The silk in the yarn probably won’t lend to good felting either.

top-mitten-close

 

Ugh.  I haven’t frogged it yet, but I am not knitting the second one either.

Lesson learned.  Pay attention. Swatch.  Or take into account that I am a loose knitter and adjust accordingly.  Also my yarn selection was probably not ideal either.

I may go more utilitarian on my next attempt.  Although I am thinking about doing some gloves and putting in some of that conductive yarn at pointer and thumb finger tips.

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