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sockjoan
Warming Up

Australia
59 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  04:23:55 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never done a KAL before; I started my mitts on the 12th and finished them today, the 18th (June). But I didn't follow the pattern fully because I decided it really had too many stitches, and also because I just don't enjoy knitting other people's patterns (sorry!) I've used that texture-stitch on socks before, so was rather surprised when I found it more demanding than I expected; I mean, it's very simple, but you have to think about it every row. I was knitting with my friends of WWKIP Day, and found it hard to get the pattern right while talking! I'll get a photo of the finished mitts onto my Ravelry notebook page as soon as I can.
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purlewe
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Posted - 06/18/2009 :  07:47:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I happen to be in love with thsi KAL. or maybe it is the yarn. But I started on TUesday and I ahve almost 3 inches in now. I look forward to seeing the way the hand progresses as well as the thumb gore.

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And if you give her some yarn, she'll make you one too. ~quentin crisp

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Luann
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2009 :  1:34:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just cast on and knit the first couple of inches while stealing some couch time. Goody goody!!!

Luann

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gemgirl122
New Pal

11 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  4:57:24 PM  Show Profile Send gemgirl122 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm so close to being finished with Hedgerow sock #7, I'm going to join in the mitt fun as soon as I'm done. Here in Chez Beth it's all Hedgerow all the time. Why stop now? Thanks again Jane and Amy for such great patterns!

Beth :o)
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Jane
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USA
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Posted - 06/18/2009 :  5:40:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jane loves Beth.

(Don't worry Shaggy, Jane loves you too.)

Jane

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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3461 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2009 :  6:29:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm halfway done with the 1st mitt. I'm hoping to have the pair done by next week!
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Lanea
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USA
5190 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2009 :  04:58:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Working on the foot of sock number one (which is really Hedgerow sock number . . . 5? I think it's 5).

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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2009 :  4:22:55 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Youngest son was walking by during earlier post and helped me find the groups on Facebook (which I had just joined). I actually have several friends on Facebook but haven't been back because I left on Monday for Florida. Sprang my dad from the stalag, I mean nursing home! and came home today so I can attend drill this weekend. Up to 2" and having a ball!

The yarn I picked isn't quite as pastel as I thought but the purl bumps break up the stripes a bit and I love the colors. My dad bought me the running jacket I had been saving up for so maybe some Frija is in my future!

Well, it's off to the shower and an early bedtime to try to catch up on my sleep. I sure hope I can get some knitting in this weekend!

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Chayah
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Posted - 06/20/2009 :  04:44:45 AM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This looks lovely, and I love knitting mitts, I am going to try it. I might just make a slot thumb opening as I have done that before. Thanks for starting this KAL.

"Each breath really is a new beginning of the rest of our lives." Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Shelia
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USA
2365 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2009 :  07:24:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My socks are each at about 3"-4" in length, but it's hard getting a lot of uninterrupted knitting time here at the Black Sheep Gathering! They are being admred by many people, though, and I'm proudly telling them about Jen and her fabulous yarns.

Shelia
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knitandsing
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2009 :  3:50:34 PM  Show Profile Send knitandsing a Private Message  Reply with Quote
First mitt is almost 4" from cast-on. I'm cheating a bit, as this is my traveling project and I have another going that I work on at home (baby blanket for new niece/nephew due in July)...I'm finding the pattern easy to follow, and I really like the way it is looking. Perhaps I'll take a picture and post it sometime soon.

Penny
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sparkleplenty
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
484 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2009 :  07:42:22 AM  Show Profile Send sparkleplenty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Alrighty, maybe this will help me get my knitting mojo back. I'll have to swatch to see if the Misti Alpaca sock yarn I have will work, otherwise I might have to go order some yummy Frija.


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Luann
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USA
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Posted - 06/21/2009 :  9:16:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just increased for the hand on mitt one - going much faster than I expected. It helps that I've actually had a couple hours of knitting time the last few nights! Already scheming about which yarn to use for the man's version...

Luann

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BlueStocking
Sustaining Member

USA
945 Posts

Posted - 06/23/2009 :  08:09:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finished the first mitt two nights ago ... no knitting time since then, or time to post a photo anywhere. Still need to weave the ends in, too.

I'm knitting with the Frija, and find that it's in between Alexandra and Paivatar in gauge. I didn't do the increases for the hand (because really I should have cast on fewer stitches for the wrist / arm, or gone down a needle size ... or, hey, done a gauge swatch first. shame on me for not doing that). Even with this modification, which I wish I hadn't needed to do because I really like how the shaping works for the hand, the mitt looks great and I love love love the pattern!!

I'm seeing some Hedgerow Mitts for Xmas presents this year!

P.S. Thanks, Shelia, for the free press at BSG ~ hope it was a great show! :-D

Jennifer

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 06/23/2009 :  10:52:25 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm at 4", hurray! However, in reading ahead, I'm not understanding the directions. Do we have to be on row 1 or 2 to "increase between the purls"?
Row 1 & 2: k2, p1, k1, p2
Rows 3 & 4: k1, p1, k2, p2

Increasing says: *work 28 sts in pattern, p1, kfb, repeat from * once more - 62 sts

Basically, I just can't seem to get this. Also, how does one increase in pattern when you're increasing in the middle of a pattern repeat?

Please help! Youngest son can't get me out of this one ;-D

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

FO 2009: small market/shower bag; gray watch cap; magic square potholder




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Amarula
Chatty Knitter

215 Posts

Posted - 06/23/2009 :  7:46:49 PM  Show Profile Send Amarula a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I took the advice, and cast on with Alexandra (special small skein). I weighed it but decided against cutting it into two balls of yarn (since I'll probably be right down to the wire on it anyway). Took it with me on my work trip, knit like crazy on the plane, and stopped after getting most of the way up the hand. Came home, weighted it and found (as I suspected) that I won't have enough left for the second. So ripped back to the ribbing and have started over, planning to make this shorter - which will still be fine. I'm packing it into my bag for my trip tomorrow!
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MindyO
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USA
2493 Posts

Posted - 06/23/2009 :  8:39:19 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Melanie, I had the same question so I just made an executive decision and completed a full pattern repeat and began increasing on row 1 of the pattern. Don't know if it's right or not, but as long as they both match I will be happy enough.

I am almost done with #1 and looking back I don't think I would ahve increased for the hand at all, sicne the largest part of my arm is actually far bigger than my hand and this (as others have said) is very stretchy.

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Lanea
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USA
5190 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2009 :  05:52:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lacylaine

I'm at 4", hurray! However, in reading ahead, I'm not understanding the directions. Do we have to be on row 1 or 2 to "increase between the purls"?
Row 1 & 2: k2, p1, k1, p2
Rows 3 & 4: k1, p1, k2, p2
Increasing says: *work 28 sts in pattern, p1, kfb, repeat from * once more - 62 sts
Basically, I just can't seem to get this. Also, how does one increase in pattern when you're increasing in the middle of a pattern repeat?



Hi Melanie! I am here to help.

Basically, that series of branching increases starts on either side of the hand, since most hands widen out from the wrist. If you make these on circs or using 5 DPNs, when you lay the mitt down flat, you'll find that you have a row of purls that is like a side seam on each side. You want the first branches of increases to grow between those two purls on the thumb side and the pinky side of your hand.

I'd encourage you to think less about whether to start the increases in row 1 or row 3 of the pattern repeat, but instead to think about the architecture of the mitt you are making and really try to read your knitting. For those first branches of increases, you're splitting those purls to add a new pattern repeat between two existing repeats. Once you've finished these increases, you'll add another two branches of increases on either side of the first branch of thumb increases.

So, in the stitch pattern, knit halfway around the mitt, make your increase on the thumb side, and continue knitting in pattern until you get to the pinky side, right before your hit the beginning of the round. For the first few rows, you can't really echo the hedgerow texture, but after that, those newly added stitches can start following the texture pattern too.

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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2009 :  08:14:56 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Lanea!! I have to leave soon for an appt on the east side of Indy and then find a Starbucks (poor me!) to hang around in until 4-5pm when I need to go 20 minutes north to Fishers, IN. That's when I'll start knocking on doors again. I am so glad I can take this project with me, since I am ready to start increasing now. Hurray!

Melanie

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"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Lanea
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USA
5190 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2009 :  04:45:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So, how goes it everyone? Any progress reports or questions? Has anyone finished yet?

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