Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mittens To Match Hermione's Deathly Hallows Graveyard Beret


If you're like me and you whipped up a hat modeled after the one Hermione wore in the Deathly Hallows Graveyard scene, you may have thought, "now if I just had a matching set of mittens..."

I made this hat last month and had plenty of leftover yarn so I decided to try my hand at a pair of gloves. I wanted to make a set using the same stitch pattern as I used in the hat so they would coordinate. Unfortunately I couldn't find a pattern that matched what I was envisioning, so I ended up making it up. Here's the pattern I concocted...

Supplies
Yarn
Size 5 DP needles (preferably 5 needles, but 4 will do)
2 stitch markers
Yarn needle



Instructions
Cuff:
Cast on 44 stitches. Distribute them over DP needles, making sure each needle has an even number of stitches
Join in the round, making sure not to twist the work.
K1 P1, repeat to the end of row
Continue this pattern for 3 inches


Left Hand:
Row 1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 7: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 9: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 10 & 11: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 12: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 13: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 14: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 15: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 16 & 17: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 18: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 19: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 20: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 21: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 22 & 23: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 24: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 25: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 26: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 27: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding
yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2 stitches onto the needle with your first 16 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger, making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.


Right Hand:
Row1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: K2, P2, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 7: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 8: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 9: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 10 & 11: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 12: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 13: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 14: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 15: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 16 & 17: P2, K2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 18: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 19: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 20: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 21: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 22 & 23: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 24: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 25: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 26: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 27: K2, P2, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2
stitches onto the needle with your first 4 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.

Note: When creating the thumb gusset for the left hand - there will be 16 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 26 stitches. When creating the thumb gusset for the right hand - there will be 4 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 38 stitches.


Hand Decrease:
The previous 2 rows knit should have been repeats of P2, K2. The number in parentheses is the number of stitches you should have after completing the row.
Row 1: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (40)
Row 2: *P2, K2* repeat 4 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 4 more times (40)
Row 3:  S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times, K2 (36)
Row 4: *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times (36)
Row 5: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (32)
Row 6: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (32)
Row 7: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time, K2 (28)
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 6 more times (28)
Row 9: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time (24)
Row 10: *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (24)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.


Thumb:
You should have a hole with 16 stitches on your holding yarn and an edge from the hand part of the glove. Pick up 4 stitches from the hand portion. Slip the stitches from the holding yarn as well as the picked up stitches onto DP needles. Distribute 3 of the picked up stitches on the needle from which you will begin knitting, these will be the first 3 stitches of your row. Place the last picked up stitch on the last knitting needle. This will be the last stitch of your row. Recall that when you moved the stitches to the holding yarn you had just done this with them (K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1). Now you have 3+16+1. Therefore you should begin with this sequence so you continue correctly within the pattern:
Row 1: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 2 & 3: *K2, P2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 4 & 5: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 6-9: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 10-13: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 14: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, K2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 15: P2, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 16: K2, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2 (16)
Row 17: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2 (12)
Row 18 & 19: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2 (12)
Row 20: S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2 (8)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.


Happy Knitting!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

180,840 Stitches

180,840 stitches. I added them all up. 180,840 stitches, that's how many garter stitches it takes to make the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket. A daunting task for sure, but I'm just crazy enough to do it.

I saw this pattern over a year ago and really wanted to make it in colors to match my living room. Until recently however, I hadn't had any realistic plans to create it. The blanket requires a ton of yarn and knowing I would want all matching lot numbers, I knew it was going to be a pricey investment. Lucky for me, they began building a new Joann Fabrics store in town and the old one had a huge sale a couple months ago to clear out their inventory before moving to their new location. All their yarn was 50% off and they had 3 of the 4 colors I'd wanted. I gobbled up the skeins at half price and using coupons managed to get the last color discounted as well. I just love getting a deal! 

Earlier this month I finally casted on and I'm very excited by my progress thus far. I have completed 3 of the 9 blocks and am about ten ridge rows into block 4. The first couple sections were small and went by quickly. Each additional block gets larger, however, and as you go they become more and more time consuming. I'm hoping to have this project done by the end of March. I've got a week of vacation scheduled in the middle of the month and my plans include relaxing and miles of garter stitch.

Meanwhile I'd still like to have a project completed in February. I've got a pair of mittens in the works which may prove to be a suitable candidate. I've got the left glove entirely done and a pattern written for making a right one. Though I'll be deviating from  my original list of 12 projects I'd committed to for the 12 in 2012 group, I'm okay with that because I'm hoping to have extra projects to post in the "Beyond 12 FOs" thread.

Of course, I've also become recently re-intrigued by the Marisol the Knitted Mouse Pattern which is on the original list so we'll see...

Monday, January 16, 2012

One Finished, Another One Queued

I have officially completed my first project of 2012! I decided to knit the hat Hermione wears in the Deathly Hallows graveyard scene. I had seen this project over a year ago and it had been lingering in my queue ever since. I wanted a smaller project for January as well as one that would make me feel like I had made progress cleaning up my list of things I want to knit. As I weaved in the last loose yarn, however I had a nagging feeling...

"Wouldn't a matching pair of mittens be awesome..."

"And I've got all this left over yarn..."

Too bad I've never made mittens before. But oh, never mind that! Well, just as quickly as I moved a project from my queue into the finished category, I added another. And with no suitable pattern for the exact gloves I'm envisioning, now I'm stuck designing my own pair. Did I mention I've never made mittens before?

Ha ha, lucky for me there is Youtube! A wonderful group of knitting gurus have compiled several very educational how-to videos with instructions to knit a basic set of mittens. Empowered by this knowledge and the sheer dumb luck I consistently design my projects with, I think I've got a halfway decent pattern brewing.

Well here are some pics of the hat that started me on this course. I guess it was hard to believe 2012 would be the year I stopped delaying my queued projects when I found new things I wanted to knit! I'm still determined to finish the original twelve I said I would though! There will just be a number of extras along the way...




Friday, January 13, 2012

12 in 2012!!

Twelve projects in the next 12 months. That's one every month of year 2012.

I found and joined a group on Ravelry called "12 in 2012." Basically everyone has committed to completing 12 projects in the next year from their queue or with the yarn they already have stashed. I had decided to work on my queued projects this year anyway and when I saw this challenge, I knew I had to join in! It will keep me motivated, give me a place to share my progress and force me to use up some of my stash! Armed with my dresser full of yarn and a queue with exactly 12 projects, I'm giving it a go.

Here is my list in no particular order:

1) Deathly Hallows Graveyard Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-deathly-hallows-graveyard-beret

2) Modern Log Cabin Blanket  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moderne-log-cabin-blanket

3) Fornicating Reindeer Scarf  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fornicating-deer-chart

4) Superman Earflap Cap  -  a pattern I'll be making up

5) Animal Cracker Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/animal-cracker-hat

6) Pasha  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pasha

7) Goomba Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/goomba-hat

8) To Humiliate The Dog  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/to-humiliate-the-dog

9) Marisol The Knitted Mouse  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/marisol-the-knitted-mouse

10) Sailor Dress for Susie-Q (my dog)  -  a pattern I'll be making up

11) Capitan Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/capitan-hat

12) Candy Cane Twist Stocking Cap  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candy-cane-twist-stocking-cap

I'm rather busy this month so I picked a smaller project for January. I decided to knit the hat Hermione wears in the Deathly Hallows part one when she and Harry visit Godrics Hollow. (Yes, I know, another Potter project!) It's been on my to do list forever and I had previously bought the yarn when I had a 50% off coupon. I've got a fair bit of it done already and I'm loving how the moss stitch is turning out. I can't wait for my first post in the finished objects page!