So you chose the Meta Mitten and I’m pretty happy you did! Besides being adorable it is also a pretty fast project. Compared to the Gnome Mitten and the Flamingo Mitten this is knit on needles two sizes bigger; a size 3,5mm (us4). I finished the first mitten thursday and sunday I finished the second mitten. I still need to block the mittens buuut I can’t resist to post the finished mittens anyway.
Good I have an extra project I can fill up my week – also a mitten, done in a home made pattern by yours truly. I will post about that as well of course. Hah. As if I would not knit for a week! I always have too many projects on the needles and more waiting to get cast on. I need to have something distract me a lot not to knit just a little for an entire week.
The timeframe for this pattern differ a bit from the first mitten as it’s knit on bigger needles and therefore has less rows to be knit. In total the pattern has 60+ (ca.) 17 rows = 77 rows. 77rows /6 days = 12,8 rows/day. I need to knit 13 rows each day to reach the goal of two weeks. Not that it’s too relevant right now, but I thought I’d give you calculations I did to begin with.
As one of you suggested I’m doing one of the sheep black. I had to redo the chart to make sure it looked good as it wasn’t just a matter of inverting the colors. The sheep has a black head but I used the white to outline the shape of the head. It does look a bit more like a ram with the white outline.
I wrote Elizabeth Wolden to hear if she would allow me to post my black sheep chart, but as I expected she said no. So you will have to go without it 😉
Notes and thoughts:
1. This is very very good beginners mitten for a first time color knitter! It is quick and easy and has some really nice details that makes the knit easier. It’s knit on bigger needles than most color work mittens and this makes it easier to overlook. Also she has written introduction to both color knit as well as reading a chart. The instructions are short and clear.
2. I have a problem with the pattern but it’s not the pattern in it self, it’s the layout of the pdf. It’s very heavy on the graphic side. Not that it’s a problem as such it’s just not to my liking. This is definitely a pattern that will gain from being printed out. I however always work with the pattern on my laptop and as the chart part of the pattern is tilted in landscape it can be pretty frustrating to read. I had to make the pages with chart into .jpeg and then tilt them to get a better read.
3. I must admit I was a bit puzzled to why Wolden decided to do the kind of decrease of the mitten she chose. She want to avoid getting a clear line of stitches along the ‘braid’ on the side of the mitten so it was a design choice and that I respect.
Elizabeth Woldens pattern contains an introduction to fair isle knitting or stranded knitting. It costs $ 5.00 USD. Wolden has also done a pattern for a matching hat which is adorable! You can find the pattern for the mitten here and the cap here on Ravelry (they can be purchased together as well here). She has also written about her design process on her blog.