One of my favorite things to look at, think about, play around with is what happens when you hold multiple yarns together — either low- or high-contrast — and especially when you switch out yarns along the way. I’ll have a roundup tomorrow* of some of the things that inspire me in this regard, but meanwhile here are those latest mitts I mentioned on Friday, which I began without a plan and made up as I went along.
These are just Super Simple Mitts, with a few minor modifications:
- CO 32 stitches on US8 (5mm) needles, holding two strands of yarn
- Ribbed k2/p2 all the way up (except the first round of each color change — for those rounds I knit every stitch)
- For the worked-flat section at the thumb opening, knit the first and last two stitches of each row, for garter edging along thumbhole
I had intended to do more color play with these, but I love black-and-white marl so much I just settled into it. For the second mitt, at my friend Sarah’s behest, I threw in a blue stripe as a tiny accent. I like things a little off-kilter, so that pleases me.
YARNS: The ivory, used throughout, is Cascade Eco Alpaca in Natural. The grey is Cascade 220 Heathers in Silver. The black is Shibui Merino Alpaca in Ebony (held single for the solid black stripe at the top of the mitt). And the solid blue is a single strand of Malabrigo Twist in Tuareg.
*10.30: Here’s that roundup I promised: The other breed of colorwork
I love these mitts. Just last night, in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy hitting my neck of the woods, I cast on a pair of mitts, two-at-a-time. I didn’t exactly master the technique but I’m smitten so will keep working on this to get it right!
The two-at-a-time thing blows my mind. But I sure hope you — all of you over there! — manage to stay dry and warm.
Oh my! I LOVE these!! Thanks Karen!
Love that touch of blue!
I like the blue too.
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