Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Plunge

I took it. I cast on for my very first sweater last night. It's not a baby sweater or a children's sweater, either. My first sweater is a full sized adult sweater. Complete with a yoke and lots o' cables. I'm so looking forward to it.

Here she is!
Not much, but it's mine.
Also, Mittens!!!!!
Free Pattern Alert!!!
Easy Peasy Mitten with After Thought Thumb
What you need: One Skein Cascade 220, 5 size 7 double pointed needles, length of similiar weight yarn (mercerized cotton recomended) Tapestry needle
Gauge 4.5stsX6rows for 1 inch. unblocked (blocking your swatch is recommended. just do it.)
CO 36 sts. and join (9sts. on each needle)
Mitten, Make 2:
k2p2 rib for 15 rows
*k8 inc1* rep 3 more times
k for about 2 1/2 inches
After thought thumb:
Needle 1
k2 k6 with small length of yarn, slip the six just knit back onto left hand needle and knit with MC again. k2
k rest of round
K all rnds until the mitten covers up your pinky (test this out by putting the mitten on where you would wear it normally.)
Dec. Rnds:
Rnd 1: *k8 k2tog* rep 3 times (36sts.)
Rnd 2: K
Rnd 3: *k7 k2tog* rep 3 (32sts.)
Rnd 4: k
rnd 5: *k6 k2tog* rep 3 times (28sts.)
rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: *k5 k2tog* rep 3 times (24sts.)
rnd 8: *k4 k2tog* rep 3 times (20sts.)
rnd 9: *k3 k2tog* rep 3times (16sts.)
rnd 10: *k2 k2tog* rep 3 times (12sts.)
rnd 11: *k1 k2tog* rep 3 times (8sts.)
rnd 12: *k2tog* (4sts.)
Break yarn leaving a good sized tail and draw through remaining stitches.
After Thought Thumb:
Pull out the length of yarn. There should be 6 sts. on the bottom and 5 sts. on top. Put the top 5 on one DPN and 3 sts. of bottom stitches on 2 seperate needles. started with the left needle on the bottom sts., k3, pick up and k 2 sts., k5, pick up and knit 2 sts., k 3. K all rnds until you can put the mitten on the the thumb part covers your thumb
k2tog all sts. to last 3 sts. k3tog. break yarn leaving long tail and draw through rem. sts.
weave in all ends and snug up any holes. block. wear with pride
P.S. this hasn't been proof read or test knit, proceed with caution!

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