I actually made these a few months ago but the cooler weather has meant I’ve been wearing them recently and it reminded me to blog about them. I wanted to try knitting in the round, and also try cabling. This Cabled Fingerless Mitts pattern from Ravelry seemed to combine the two and although some of it sounded a little like double dutch when I initially read the instructions, I knew my knitting friends on Twitter would be able to help me if I got stuck.
I decided to try with double pointed needles, which I saw Katie knit socks on last year and was so impressed by. Handling them is a little like I imagine using chopsticks is (though I’ve never actually tried!), but I managed to get the hang of it. I’m a tight knitter so the laddering at the joins wasn’t too much of an issue. Knitting inside out was a bit of a problem though! I completed all the ribbing and started the cable pattern before realising something was wrong and lots of photographs, tweets and help from patient knitters later I realised how I’d gone wrong – I was using the needles furthest away from me and therefore knitting around the inside of the mitt not the outside. Sadly it’s not something you can just turn inside out really, so I pulled it out and started again – hopefully will help me learn how to do it properly.
As well as knitting in the round, I learnt to cable (nowhere near as tricky as I first thought, though can be fiddly for a tight knitter), pick up stitches, m1l and m1r. And after all that learning, I ended up with a wearable item!
I’d really recommend this is a first knitting in the round project for a relative beginner who wants to learn some new techniques. The instructions are really clear, and if you get stuck just search YouTube for the stitch name and you’ll find helpful videos. My full notes from the project are available on Ravelry.