Event: Mitten Moguls
I picked this pattern because Dick wanted a pair of fingerless gloves. He picked the yarn out of my stash, and after a thorough Ravelry search, we decided on these.
Pattern: Knucks by Pamela Grossman
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
Needles: Size 4 dpns
Modifications: I used the textured cuff, but instead of using the crochet bind-off, I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off (Have I mentioned how much I love it?
I didn’t like this pattern because it was top-down. And casting on five fingers and knitting 9 rows each before putting them on waste yarn to be picked up later is just obnoxious when you know it would have been simpler the other way. Once I got past the finger silliness, the pattern was a breeze. Each glove took 3 bus rides (so just about 2 hours).
Another beef I have with this project is the yarn. It’s a perfectly nice yarn, I suppose, but it’s very weak. I accidentally broke it while tugging when I was joining in the round. (I always like to do this, especially on dps because I don’t like the ladders. I got them anyway, oh well.) Also, and I think this is because the silk and wool take up the dye differently and there are tiny slubs in the yarn, it looks pilly when you first knit with it. I complained about this to Dick, who said he loved it because they looked worn already, which I guess is cool if you want new gloves that look like they’ve been around a while. On the bright side, even though it looks pilly, it has quite good stitch definition. I just feel like it shouldn’t. I’m not sure why. But the stitch definition is phenomenal (I think that’s why I got the ladders at my needle joins. Besides the obvious.)
Oh, also, Dick wanted me to call the project “Dick’s Mogul Knucks.” So I did.