All new to Knitting for Charity: What I’m Knitting Wednesday
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Welcome to What I’m Knitting Wednesday! For those of you who are new, What I’m Knitting Wednesday is my new blog feature on Knitting for Charity where I share what’s on my needles.
And, if you want to show off whatever you are working on, please do! I highly encourage sharing, because it’s fun.
Here’s What’s on My Needles
I just cast on for a pair of mittens/gloves — I’ll call them “glittens” because that’s easier to type than mittens/gloves, haha — for a child with webbed fingers. Literally just cast them on and knitted a few rounds, so at the moment they don’t look like much.
(Y’all know I love you when I’m showing you a photo of newly-cast-on cuffs. I really do not care for how cuffs of gloves/mittens/handwarmers look when they are only a few rounds in!)
Fortunately, just the other day I finished a different pair of glittens. So I’ll show those to you, even though they’re finished, just so you can see what these will look like when they’re done.
The pattern I used is called Lucille Fingered Mittens.
The pair I’m knitting will be completely navy, unlike this pair with the stripes. The boy I’m knitting for wanted one plain and one striped, so that’s what I’m making him!
Yarn used: Knit Picks Stroll in Midnight Heather, White, and Hot Tamale
I also want to show off the needles I used. These are ChiaoGoo circular knitting needles. ChiaoGoo have been my favorite circular needles for well over a year, possibly longer. You see that long red cable? It’s the reason these needles are my favorite. They are incredibly flexible without any memory whatsoever. They’re especially fantastic for Magic Loop knitting for that reason, but they’re also great for regular circular knitting. I’ll bet they’re also perfect for lace knitting.
I like the tips, too. They’re pointy without being too sharp.
Let me show you one more thing I’m knitting. I belong to a local prayer shawl knitting group, and one of our ongoing projects are prayer shawls — but the prayer shawls created by this group are closer to throw blanket size. They’re created with a combination of knitted (or crocheted) squares and fleece squares. Our group leader Sharon does an amazing job of matching the yarn squares with fleece that will complement them.
Anyway, I’ve been knitting squares for one of these shawls. I’ve been sticking with light blue, dark blue, beige, and brown yarn, simply because I love the way blues and browns look together. I’ve knitted 7 squares so far, and I’m on my eighth. (Each shawl takes 12 knitted or crocheted squares.)
Here is how square #8 is going.
The yarn I am using came from Hobby Lobby. Their I Love This Yarn acrylic yarn is one of my very favorites; it comes in so many amazing colors. This is called “Denims.”
I’m also using some Caron Simply Soft; I think it’s Soft Blue, but it could be Light Country Blue. It’s been so long since I bought this yarn that I don’t remember! I’m actually alternating the two yarns, changing every 2 rows.
I’m not really following a specific pattern, just my own knowledge of how mitered knitting works. In case you can’t tell, this is a mitered square. I can tell you how I knit this square, since it’s pretty simple:
Cast on 91 to 101 stitches, making sure it’s an even number.
Row 1: Knit one row; as you’re knitting, place a stitch marker right before the very center stitch. (So if you cast on 91, for instance, you’ll place the marker before the 46th stitch.) This will be the right side of your work.
Row 2: Knit one row. This will be the “wrong” side.
Row 3: Knit to the marker and remove it. Slip the next stitch, knit the next two stitches together, and then pass the slipped stitch over the knit-two-together stitch. Slip this stitch to your left needle, place the stitch marker back on your right needle, and slip the stitch back to your right needle. Then continue knitting to the end.
Row 4: Knit.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have just 3 stitches left. Decrease down to 1 stitch (either with the slip-k2tog-PSSO method, or knitting 3 together), cut yarn and tie off.
As I said, I change colors every 2 rows, but I’ve done other variations. Sometimes I knit 4 of one color and 2 of another. When I get to the opposite corner of the work (at about 3/4 finished), I usually stop changing colors, so I have a solid color in the corner, unless I run out of yarn. I’ve finished off a few balls of yarn knitting those seven squares.
So there you have it! The first What I’m Knitting Wednesday. Now it’s your turn… what do you have on your needles?