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Vancouver Fog Mitts: Post Mortem

I had to rip the Vancouver Fog mitts back a surprising amount, given how small a project it is. A good portion of that ripping back was due to my own inattention.

(If you look at the picture in the last post about these mitts, you can see my final error: I forgot to knit the 8 rows plain at the end. Thus the second mitt is about two inches shorter than the first in that picture. I hate having to pick out a nice bind off.)

The rest was due to the modifications I made.

Vancouver Fog

Overall, I thought this was a successful project in the end. The cable looks fancy, particularly to non-knitters. The length is about right, and it takes slightly less than one full skein of Cascade 220. (I ended up with 30 grams left over.)

Modifications:

* I used the Old Norwegian/Twisted German cast on. This has quickly become my favorite cast on method. It’s only a teensy bit more complicated than the Long Tail cast on, but it’s much more stretchy.

* I used the Suspended bind off. This is a good, stretchy-but-not-too-stretchy bind off for something like mitts.

* I used Cascade 220 on #7 needles. Ordinarily I would knit Cascade 220 on #5 needles. But I have learned to go up a size for a cabled project in Cascade 220, otherwise it ends up with the drape of cardboard.

I had to kind of guess at the number of stitches, since the pattern does not include gauge (grumble). I ended up using the same number as the standard size. This seemed about right, if maybe a little on the large size.

* My biggest modification: I worked the body of the mitts in K2P2 ribbing. The pattern calls for the mitts to be stockinette (except for the cabled part). I wanted a more flexible, forgiving fit.

* Next time, I’m not sure I would bother. The ribbing caused a lot of problems when increasing for the thumb gussets.

In order to best preserve the look of the ribbing flowing into the knit stitches for the thumb, I ended up placing the gussets too close to the cable pattern. This had the effect of pulling it slightly to the side instead of centering it properly on the arm.

In hindsight, the 8 rows of ribbing at the top and bottom is probably plenty of fit customization. Who cares if they are slightly baggy in the middle.

* I did not follow the instructions for reversing the cable. Actually I should say that I tried to follow the instructions, but I botched it so badly that I had to rip back and re-knit about four inches.

I just didn’t get the instructions for cable reversal, so I gave it up and just knit two identical mitts.

8 comments to Vancouver Fog Mitts: Post Mortem

  • Nice mitts, in spite of the problems. For yourself? Also, good to know they take <a skein of Cascade 220.

  • No gauge??? The horror!

  • Erika

    kmkat, these were for someone who not only gave me all the wood from her deck – which amounted to about a cord and a half – she also cut it up into manageable pieces, and delivered most of it (45 mile drive each way). I felt like she deserved Something Awesome!

    And yes – I have a whole mental Rolodex category for “patterns that take less than a skein of C220″!

  • I make charts in paint or excel for cables, then make a jpg of it and flip it horizontally. BOOM reversed cable.

  • I was just going to say, where the chart says right-over-left, just do left-over-right. And vice versa. Halfway through the repeat, you’ll be able to work it out for yourself. But then again, I find cables highly intuitive, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me…
    Love the mitts! Must try that cast-on and bind-off. I’ve read them but not actually worked them.

  • Sara L.

    Very cool mitts! I’m glad you worked everything out.

    (off topic, but I saw you mention NaNoWriMo in your Twitter feed, and just wanted to know if you are writing one this year? I’m participating for the first time, and boy, is it daunting. I’ll make it, though.)

  • Erika

    Not me, not this year! I did it once, and it literally changed my life. In that it forced me to admit that I have no interest in, or talent for, writing fiction. But it was an amazing experience, and even though I don’t do it myself, I encourage everyone else to do it!

    In fact, maybe I will hold a drawing for my copy of the book. The book really IS crazy helpful!