I've done it. I've finally completed a patterned mitten and I'm hooked!
It's from the Selbuvotter book, specifically the Nordic Heritage Museum #3 mitten on page 91.
It's not perfect, but I recently came across the quote 'Finished is better than perfect' on someone's blog and I've taken to repeating it like a mantra at critical decision junctures. It works! In any case, this mitten won't have a mate. It was a pure learning piece and was approached as such, which freed me to plow through difficult areas, learning my lessons and maintaining a rhythm without pressure to rip back. Good enough meant that I could see what mistakes I had made, corrected them (or figured out how) and it was still looking like a mitten. Crucial criteria.
The thumb join area is one of these small disappointments. Clearly, the pattern doesn't flow here and some of the pickups look twisted. C'est la vie! Part of the problem was that I was that I was using Susan Bates metal dpns, which while easy to knit with, are extremely slippery. In that small thumbhole area, it was all I could do to keep moving along, picking up stitches, working in pattern and trying to keep the stitches on my four needles.
The inside even looks pretty, doesn't it? The blue line of carried yarn along the right edge was at a break on my needles and even though I could see early on that it was being pulled a bit tight, my efforts to allow a looser carry didn't seem to make much difference...there's still a little ridge there, even after blocking. Have any of you done similar mittens on two circs? I recall seeing patterned socks worked on two circs (fun ones here by Haphazard Knitter) but since I've never tried that method with socks, I probably shouldn't start with Norwegian mittens.
I feel a little silly posting a mitten project in June, but really, this is the perfect project for this time of year. Small and lightweight...no pressure to finish quickly because of need. I'll definitely be making more of these, though I'll try different yarn. I used the Satakieli for authenticity, but found it to be too splitty for my taste. Though maybe that was because of the metal dpns? I do like the resulting fabric.
Ok...I just can't write my first June post without a summery touch. How about my lilies?