I was so sad yesterday when I was nearly done my sweater that I dove headfirst into a pair of mittens. Bella’s mittens, to be specific. I’m not one for following patterns – so this was unusual for me – but I figured I’d try. After all, it’s an incredibly popular pattern, and I had some delicious Manos Clasica in a rich colourway that I wanted to use.
Four hours later, I had this:
That said, I made a bunch of changes for my peculiar and particular hands. I cast on 30 stitches (not 43) and used a 8 stitch cable (not 12). I made the cuff 2 inches long and only started the cable pattern on the hand of the mitten. I increased the gusset on every round for 5 rounds and then kept knitting with the gusset stitches on my needle for another 5 rounds. I did that so that the gusset would jut out more – I have funny thumbs.
I really like how they look and feel. I don’t love knitting with the thick and thin yarn, but I absolutely adore how it knits up. It really shows off the colour way, Olivewood. And it stretches so beautifully into the 1×1 rib!
I’m scared I won’t have enough yarn for the second mitten, but I weighed them today (the ball and the mitten) and it seems like it may work.
Is anyone else sick? I feel so gross. You know you’re sick when your nose transforms itself into a faucet and your friends tell you that you ‘look like crap’ – although I do appreciate the candor.
Hasta mañana everyone! I hope my body fights this off soon.