Didn’t quite finish the first mitten, nope. I spent a good chunk of my at-home knitting time last night doing something else. (Gasp!)
I’ve got it done apart from the facing. The back of the hand:
And the palm. complete with thumb:
What is the reason for the provisional CO as opposed to knitting a picot edging from the CO and then on up to the hands?
One could certainly knit it the way Lauren described.
The patterned part of the mitten is knitted using 3.5mm needles. The plain part (the picot edge and the facing) is knitted using 3.0mm needles. Perhaps the rationale for knitting the facing downward from a provisional cast-on is that the gauge will be slightly different. The directions say to knit the facing until in reaches the top of the cuff. This way you are sure to have a perfect fit of facing to cuff.
Leena pointed out something interesting:
I read about your mittens and the lining… I know some people around here knit mittens regularly with linings and do the lining with baby wool. So when the hands get sore and dry from the cold the baby wool feels nice next to your skin and you can use yarn that can take hard wear outside.
While these mittens have cuff facings knit from the same yarn, I could knit the facings from a different, very soft yarn — and I could knit an entire lining for the mitten if I so desired. I’ve seen patterns for mittens with a lining like this and always thought it was a great idea. Thanks for pointing it out, Leena!
A couple of commenters asked how easy the mittens are, and if they were a good first colorwork project.
I’d recommend them for an enthusiastic advanced beginner. But you know what else is a fabulous introduction to Norwegian colorwork? A Norgi hat.
Mittens are a bit more difficult because it’s harder to keep good tension on such a small project on dpns. But a hat . . . a hat you could knit on a small circular (until you get to the top shaping).
Bea Ellis has a number of kits for hats, which are all her original designs, available here. If you are intimidated by a hat, try knitting one of her fun headbands, shown on the same page.
A couple of answers about Mermaid.
The icord is the left front edge of the jacket. It’s knitted sideways. Isn’t that cool? Emma, my only concern about knitting this is indeed a concern about going mad from garter stitch. We’ll see! There’s a lot of color changes, short row shaping, and other hijinks involved in the knitting, so I’m thinking I’ll survive with what’s left of my sanity intact.
The wool in the Mermaid kit. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it’s jumperweight shetland, which I don’t find scratchy at all. I’m not extremely sensitive to scratchiness in wool, so your mileage may vary.