Musica in grey

Musica

To continue my shades of grey, here’s the final one. I cast it on in the beginning of January 2011 but only finished last winter. The pattern for Musica mittens (Ravelry link) was found in Ulla 3/2009.

Musica

It was a different kind of pattern for mittens, with ribbing (above) that was knitted sideways.

Musica

There were also plenty of cables and texture, which made them fun to knit. The picture above shows the palm side of the mitten.

Musica

At first I thought I’d make these mittens with lining, but since the mitten didn’t turn out too big, I ended up leaving them as they are. Yarn was (again) Nalle with 3.5 mm needles.

Musica

I loved all the details in these mittens; there was even a small cable on the thumb. Just beautiful mittens, they are.

Musica

Shades of grey

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe the last year or so. But I haven’t been too busy to knit a stitch, sew a bit or make a piece of jewellery every now and then again – I’ve just been way too busy to turn them into blogged items.

So here are a few items that were finished January last year. Yes, last year, January 2011. Better late etc.

Yoga socks

My first ever yoga socks (Ravelry link), not for yoga though but dancing. Improvised them with 3k, 1p ribbing and 56 stitches of an old skein of Nalle Colori (75% wool, 25% nylon). A nice, quick and easy project – ought to make a pile of these.

Hyrrä beret

A second Hyrrä-beret (Ravelry link). Knitted my first one of nice and soft yarn, so it was a bit floppy. This second one keeps its shape better, but it’s not as comfy – win some, loose some.

Second Hyrrä was made of Nalle (75% wool, 25% nylon) with 4 mm needles, and it’s a bit smaller than the first one.

Fits like glove

My favourite pair of mittens ever: called them Fits like glove (Ravelry link), and that’s what they do. Had some left-over alpaca yarn, and decided to knit light but warm mittens to be worn under another pair.

Fits like glove

These mittens were improvised as I knitted on, shaping them to fit my hand. The ribbing was 2ktbl, 1p to keep it nice and stretchy, and the rest was just plain stockinette with 3 mm needles.

With these alpaca mittens and any pair of regular woollen mittens my hands were safe and sound with any kind of cold weather. Alpaca really does the trick!

Chevalier – and chevalier

I received a couple of skeins of beautiful yarn as a gift on Christmas 2009. Over the Christmas, I decided on making mittens out of them. The Chevalier mittens (a href=”http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevalier-mittens” target=”_blank”>Ravelry link) by Tikru appealed to me, so I casted on.

Chevalier flaptop

Except I thought I wouldn’t wear mittens, so I decided on improvising a bit and making them “flap tops” (Ravelry link. No idea of the proper terminology, but I thought of gloves without fingertips with a top of mitten that can be turned over the fingers or out of the way.

Well, I knitted the first one up to the point where I had all of the mitten ready and made, but the glove part going underneath was missing. And I was running out of yarn (Novita Cloud, bamboo and wool).

Since making decisions is not my strong suit, it took me until the next Christmas (2010) to decide on using the same yarn from my stash. That is, these flaptops were carefully buried in my UFO basket until now.

Chevalier flaptop

And once I had knitted each and every finger up to the fingertips, I realized I had way too many yarn ends to get rid of. Again, not my strong suit.

Chevalier flaptop

What I love about Chevalier mittens, is the cuff. It fits like a glove, it does.

But turning this wonderful mitten pattern into a combined glove-and-mitten-flaptop is probably not such a good idea. Not at least of a soft yarn like Novita Cloud.

Well, anything else might be ok, but the thumb innovation stolen from Villapeikko‘s Gadget mittens (Ravelry link) is not at its best here. Either I made it too small or too big or the yarn is too soft, but the thumb cover just keeps on coming off unintentionally.

Chevalier flaptop

But otherwise: I love the yarn and I love all the cable twists of the original pattern.

Chevalier flaptop

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I wasn’t in a particular need of new mittens, especially not red ones, but I just wanted to have another go on Chevalier.

Chevalier mittens

These are made of an old yarn called Saana, 100% wool. I had bought a few skeins from a sale about 15 years ago. Needle size 4,0 mm. (Ravelry link)

Chevalier mittens

I’m afraid we haven’t seen the end of Chevaliers yet. Perhaps I might make them fingerless next time. And of course, there is always the pattern for Chevalier socks (Ravelry link).

Karisma mittens and bamboo needles

I’ve never been much of a mitten person, but lately I’ve found myself only wearing two old pairs of mittens on top of each other. Since the inner pair is breaking off and outer mittens don’t really go with my winter coat, I thought it’s time I knitted myself some mittens.

Since my kids developed an sudden enthusiasm towards knitting mittens, too, which means there would be a need for a number of sets of needles, I found this as a great excuse to do some shopping: I bought my first bamboo needles. Now I only wish they made round needles out of bamboo, too, since knitting with bamboo is definitely more enjoyable than with regular needles. I’m converted.

7 Veljestä and bamboo needles

First I was going to knit Musica mittens (Ravelry link), but after trying the pattern out of 7 Veljestä, which I had chosen for the yarn, I realized it would turn out way too big and would need a number of modifications. So I decided to knit Musica mittens of a thinner yarn, and go for some other mitten pattern now.

Karisma mittens

Karisma mittens (Ravelry link) from Ulla had struck my eye, and since the yarn thickness was ok, I casted on.

Karisma mittens

The original pattern had purl on the palm side of the mitten, but I’m no fan of purling, so I decided on knit instead. I also made some extra cable twists at the end of the palm ribbing.

Had I followed the pattern all the way through, the mitten would have turned out way too long for me. So I started the decreases already on the row 13 on the third time of knitting the pattern. Still, the mittens are a bit on the long side, but wearable.

Karisma mittens

Though I’m not a big fan of yarn 7 Veljestä, I’m hoping the combo of 75% wool and 25% nylon will be more durable than wool only. And bamboo needles certainly made the difference in knitting.