Now the festive period is out of the way I can show you some things I made people as gifts.
I knitted this hat and mittens set for my niece, who is two and a half. They’re too big for her but she tried them on straight away, hopefully she still likes them next winter when they might actually fit her!
I also made a baby blanket and bootees set for a friend who had a gorgeous baby girl in 2014:
Last year in total I made two baby blankets, one pair of bootees, two pairs of mittens, one hat, one cardigan and a crochet ninja, and I started on a blanket, a jumper, a pair of socks and a scarf!
I just finished these and I am really excited about them for several reasons!
Reason the first – They are for ME! I very rarely knit things for myself, so it seems surreal but very satisfying. I was able to weave the ends in and slip them straight on!
Reason the second – I think they turned out super pretty:
Reason the third – They are a really nice fit and just perfect for what I want them for because I made a couple of adaptations to the pattern:
I made them skinny through the wrist so that they actually hug my arms, which feels lovely and warm.
I made the hand part short, switching to ribbing almost immediately after the thumb so I can wear them while knitting without all that extra material getting in the way. Hoorah!
Oh, and Reason the fourth – They almost match exactly and that was totally a happy accident.
I have managed to find an ‘in progress’ picture of the elusive and recently completed black ribbed scarf for your viewing pleasure, hooray!
Now for an update on the mittens!
The pattern I’m using (girl gift mitts) says they are a suitable size for 6-10 year olds. Apparently my hands and wrists are smaller than a 6-10 year old’s because I have been stealthily* reducing my needle size every few rows as I progress towards the hand of mitten 1 and keep trying it on and keep finding it too large.**
Isn’t it pretty? I love the way the yarn is striping.
I’m loathe to rip back, as I ripped back the start once already and this yarn (adriafil knitcol) does NOT like being ripped back and reknit. Merino is hoity toity like that.
*Maybe ‘stealthily’ is a little optimistic, but I’ll make the other one match and we’ll tell ourselves it looks like part of the pattern, okay?
**Just to clarify, as far as I can tell so far this is a very good (and free!) pattern and I honestly do have very tiny hands and wrists – I don’t want anyone to think I’m dissing the designer!
Squeeee, is there anything better than when you’ve got your yarn, needles and pattern laid out in front of you and you’re about to cast on a new project?
These are the mitts I plan to make with this lovely, colourful 100% merino yarn (adriafil knitcol DK), which you might recognise as souvenir yarn that I got on our lovely holiday near Dorchester last Autumn. The colours are the colours of the countryside that surrounded our cottage, so they’ll be called the Dorchester Countryside Mitts – and for once, this project is for me!