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bakenknit Posted - 11/18/2013 : 5:32:45 PM
I hope I posted to the correct forum this time. sigh Somehow I posted to the sock forum and don't know how to move it. :o)

I've just recently finished reading Clara's Book of yarn and was intrigued with the small section on camel hair yarn. I was able to score several skeins of Bouton d'Or Ksar (it was discontinued in 2009). Ksar is so soft and I think it would be a great yarn to use for the Maine morning mitts. Clara's pattern is for a medium woman's hands and mine are large (8 1/2 - 9 circumference). This is pretty much of a nit question, but I'm wondering if I should co 39 or 42 st. (I'm leaning toward 42). Anyone make this pattern in a larger size? I've knit so many different things, but never fingerless mitts and I've always wanted to make a pair. Thanks!

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bakenknit Posted - 12/22/2013 : 11:05:20 AM
Well, I made 3 pairs of the Maine Morning mitts in 3 different sizes all using US7 needles. Since I wear large, I co 36. Then I made a pair for my SIL in medium following the pattern co 33. Used the Ksar yarn for both and it's so soft -- wish they were still making that yarn. I made a pair for my brother using Knitpicks Brava worsted since he's allergic to wool (what's w/that?!) and co 39. He's a big guy (not fat, but 6'8"). I don't know if he'll ever wear them or like them but I'll find out on Christmas Day. I showed my husband the pair I made for myself and he wanted to know why I would make hobo gloves! WHAT!! lol He said they look like something hobos would wear warming their hands around a trash can fire. geez He does make me laugh, though, even though he's clueless when it comes to knitting. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

purlewe Posted - 11/19/2013 : 07:33:49 AM
I agree with jane. Going up or down a needle size has always supplied me with the right size mitts for either children (size down) or adult men (size up)

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bakenknit Posted - 11/19/2013 : 02:41:58 AM
Swatch?! Perish the thought, Jane. lol It's good to know they're very stretchy so I'm going for it w/39,then. Hate to say it, but I never swatch. EVER! ugh Either I knit to gauge or I've been very lucky that all the tops I knit fit me. :o). Thanks for the reply. I can't wait to start using this yarn.

Jane Posted - 11/18/2013 : 6:20:07 PM
I've made a bunch of MMM's, in several different yarns. They are very stretchy, even though they're made on relatively small needles. I'd swatch with a couple of different needle sizes to see what kind of fabric you get with your yarn, and I bet you'll find the one that's right for you without having to up-size the pattern.

Or you could do what I usually do: cast on and see what happens!


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