I’m going to have to ask for your patience today. Normally we like to share projects when they are totally finished over here on cookquiltmakeandbake, but I’m currently working on a knitting project which is taking slightly longer than anticipated (well, make that a lot longer than anticipated!), but is just too pretty not to share already.
These mittens are from a pattern by Kate Davies, fittingly known as ‘Peerie Flooers’ which (according to the pattern) means little flowers in Shetland Isle dialect, especially fitting as we went on our very own little Scottish Island adventure to the Isle of Mull with friends this weekend. I found the pattern through Little Cotton Rabbits and bought a copy of my own off Kate Davies Ravelry site which you can find here. At only £2.50 I think the pattern is a real bargain and is surprisingly easy to follow.
This is definitely an adventure project for me as it’s involving many many knitting firsts! The project uses 7 colours of wool (I’ve only ever used two before); a cream colour, a sky blue, a periwinkle blue, a light green, a forest green, a warm yellow and a scarlet. The pattern suggests using Rowan Fine Tweed yarn in Arncliffe, Bainbridge, Hubberholme, Leyburn, Muker, Nappa and Richmond. The body is knit on 2.5 mm needles, which are teeeeny tiny, by far the smallest I’ve ever used although I am enjoying how light weight they are.
Aside from the beautiful pattern, (I even love how it looks on the reverse!), I think one of my favourite aspects of the pattern so far is the super soft cuff lining on the mittens. This is knit using a lace weight yarn, I used Rowan Lace in white (and Rowan 4 ply in pure wool for my other yarns, should have mentioned that earlier!), and is cast on using a provisional cast on method. Provisional cast on is another first for me. I did a little googling around and found a pretty useful Youtube video to teach me. For anyone who hasn’t heard of provisional cast on (I hadn’t!), you cast your stitches onto a piece of waste yarn, leaving a row of stitches which can be picked up onto the needle and knit in the opposite direction, which in this pattern allows the lining to be knit seamlessly into the cuff, so no scratchy hem around the wrist.
The only real change I’ve made to the pattern so far is to knit the pattern in the flat, not in the round. I’m still pretty knew to knitting in the round (my only previous knitting in the round project was my mini Christmas mittens) so I didn’t feel quite ready to do many many colours and patterns in the round as well, but perhaps for my next pair I will brave up to it! Don’t fret, I’ll keep you posted.
As you can see from the pictures I have a lot of loose ends to weave in, so I’m going to curl back up infront of the fire with my knitting and enjoy this Island weekend retreat of ours. The scenery is beautiful but the wind is fiercely cold (can you tell from the photo?) 😀
I hope your all having a peaceful weekend too. Has anyone else undertaken any mammoth knitting projects recently? Does anyone else feel like they’ve just mastered one knitting skill and then find their next pattern has a whole heap more challenges?