I’ve been on a roll finishing half-completed projects that have languished in a pile in my craft room. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out the awesome Macro Mitts I started in March 2011 – over a year and a half ago! One weekend of focused knitting, and they were done. What took me so long?
Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash Chunky in Aporto and White, size #9 needles
Mods: No intentional (but see below)
I am super proud of myself for completing these mittens. I’m still not very confident in my stranded colorwork, so to even finish these and have them resemble wearable mittens is a huge ego boost. Also, I learned a couple of new techniques, including Latvian Braid (on the cuffs) and corrugated ribbing (also on the cuffs).
Granted, Lauren’s pattern is fantastic. It’s very well-written and even includes notes on floats, size and color dominance.
What is color dominance, you ask? Lauren explains it very well in the pattern, but basically the yarn carried underneath while you’re knitting will “pop” from the fabric. Depending on which color you’d like to pop, you should decide which color to carry underneath the other. As you can see from the photo above, I (accidentally) switched the dominant “pop” color from one mitten to the other. On the left mitten, the white pops from the fabric, and is more dominant, while on the right mitten, it fades a bit more into the blue, which makes the star appear slightly smaller.
I was a little disappointed at first, but then realized that A) no one will notice but me and other colorwork knitters, and B) if that happens, what a great conversation starter of “isn’t knitting amazing! Just a simple switch can make such a difference.” Which is true.
Some final thoughts about the mittens: this yarn is amazing. It is SO SOFT and the end product is so warm and cuddly, I can’t wait to wear them this winter. I made Mr. M try them on, and he even thought they were pretty warm and comfortable. They knit up fast (big yarn and big needles) so if you’re looking for quick holiday knitting, these are ideal.