So many mitts

So, I try really hard to keep the blog (and instagram…and twitter…and ravelry…and even, in theory, pinterest) up to date, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen.  It seems to go in phases, and just lately I’ve been chattier over on instagram (I think it’ something about the 8 zillion little heart notifications and the never ending scrolling wall of pretty…that’s totally not an accident, it’s pretty much designed to reel you in and steal your attention for hours on end).  And that means I’ve been scandalously remiss and haven’t show off the mitts in a while.

They zipped along in record time.

And now they’re all done (the sort of done that means blocked and ends woven in and photos taken and pattern written and tested, and all set to go up on ravelry, not just the sort of done where I’ve finished knitting and then jammed them in the ‘needs photos’ basket to languish for an indeterminate period of time).

They should be out on Tuesday! (I say ‘should’ because I always worry if I say ‘will,’ I’ll die…or my house will burn down…or I’ll end up in the hospital…and then I’ll be furious that I said they’d be out on a particular date and missed it.  But generally, when I say ‘it should be out on Tuesday’ what I mean is ‘it’s coming out Tuesday unless my world blows up.’)

Now if you’ll excuse me, the pink speckles in this pretty much perfectly match my winter coat, and I think that means I need to go for a walk and show them off!

 

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Correlation

So there’s reversible as in ‘yup, it’s more or less the same on both sides.’  And then there’s reversible as in ‘wait…those are both gorgeous…and totally different…and what do you mean I have to pick a favorite?’

And this?  This is that second kind of reversible!

It’s called Correlation, it’s out today on ravelry, and you can get 10% off with the code REVERSIBLE for the first few days it’s out.

And I really think the hardest part will be deciding which side you like best.  Because knitting reversible cables isn’t any harder than knitting regular cables!

No really, I promise.  You know how with a lot of cables you’re just crossing knit stitches over knit stitches?  Well reversible cables is largely crossing ribbing over ribbing. If you can do one, you can do the other (and if you don’t currently know how to do either, there’s no reason you can’t learn on reversible ones…cables are just knitting stitches out of order, easy peasy).

Now…as for deciding which side you like best?  That I can’t help you with!

Clearly the best thing to do is to change it up depending on your mood that day!

And if you truly can’t decide?  Well, there will be some mitts coming out later this month…you can always make the mitts too and wear the hat one way and the mitts the other!

 

Look I just have a weakness for sets ok…

Yeah yeah, in what will be a surprise to absolutely no one who knows me at all, there are about to be mitts to match the hat.

Because I can, that’s why.

And because having sets of knitted things is about as close as I come to having anything you’d consider opinions about fashion.

The only real question I have is ‘is there going to be enough yarn (and enough patience) for a cowl after this?’  Because I think there’s a tiny chance the answer to both is yes…

Just about done

Home stretch…

The decreases on this are fun.

You work them inside the cables (like on Imply and Welter) and it’s just a really neat trick to have in your knitting tool kit.  It keeps the lines of the cables zipping along perfectly.

Plus you’ll feel super clever when you do it.  Which is a not insubstantial part of my motivation for knitting anything!

Pattern Tuesday, at which point you’ll see just how pretty the top of this one really is!

 

Playing favorites

I resolutely decline to pick a favorite side.

They’re both nifty in their own way.

And I love how different they look from each other.  Sure stitches that look the same on both sides are cool and all…and useful for all sorts of things.

But having one that is lovely and different on each side…that’s something grand!

Pattern should be out on February 5…you can click the magic doohickey down below to get an email when it comes out if that makes your life easier!

 

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Very bad words

See that?  See that set of stitches that is very much not involved in the cable?  Yeah…that’s not supposed to be like that.

So we figure out the stitches involved and we rip.  Two of the strands are longer because I needed to rip out more stitches there…the rest are shorter because I didn’t need to set as many free down there.

And then reknit it, this time actually crossing the cable like a smart kid.

And then it’s as good as new (er…better actually, what with not having the glaring error and all).

Much faster than ripping out the whole hat for 8 rows…and totally doable if you’re in good light and feeling up for a little sustained focus.

 

So very very lazy…

I’m no good at row counters. I generally prefer to just count my rows or find some sort of landmark on the stitch pattern I can use instead of counting rows.

But, on this hat, it’s all cables.  And cables are sort of a pain to count rows (you can do it, it’s just fiddly).  So I cheat.

I tie slip knots in my tail for every plain row.  Then when I finish the cable row, I yank them all out.

Works great here because I don’t need to count very high (4 or 5 knots is practical…12 is not) and because the tail is long enough and the yarn sturdy enough to work for this.

You can totally use a row counter if you like that better…but on this project, this works better for me.

Left right left

Yeah, I’m over here loving everything about this.

I can’t decide which side I like better…they’re both pretty darn nifty.

And don’t stress, reversible cables are NOT hard.  You know how normally you’re working cables over just knit stitches?  Like you cross three knits over three knits?  Yeah, well if instead you cross ribbing over ribbing (so think knit one purl one knit one over knit one purl one knit one) magic happens.

All of a sudden the back of your fabric gets very spiffy indeed.

Take the time to twist those purls, then the front and back look even more different from each other and things get really impressive (yeah yeah, I know some of you don’t like it…and no one can make you do it…but if you take the time to it is rather lovely).

The general plan is for these to be February’s patterns (the hat early in the month, some matching mitts later in the month).  So if you’re feeling the urge to jump in you can cast on soon!

 

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Yes, another gray hat…it’s a theme

So look…gray hats are apparently just my happy place. It’s true and I’m not even going to pretend I’m sorry.

At least this one has speckles (Martin’s Lab, Bouncy Sport in the color Candy Sparrow)!

And is reversible…

Which means I will, generally, make some sort of passing attempt to show you both sides as we go along.  I won’t always succeed…but I’ll try.

The side with the untwisted stitches faces out as you knit, and the twisted side faces in.  So I’m going to generally call that right and wrong…but really nothing about this is wrong. Not one thing.

 

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Out of order

So some time very soon now, I’ll do the thing I’m supposed to do. I’ll show you the first swatch, and the second swatch, and the third swatch, and I’ll show you the yarn I bought, and I’ll tell you about my thoughts and plans.

That’s all the stuff I /should/ do before I show you this swatch.
But instead I’m showing you this one because I’m so stinking pleased with it I can’t bear to keep it to myself one moment longer and am basically accosting strangers on the internet and going ‘look what I made’ like some sort of deranged preschooler.
You should prepare yourselves for a fair bit of this if I’m being honest. You’ve been warned.