Okay friends, we’re gonna do it. We’re gonna have us a Knit2gether. This is where we knit the same thing together a bit at a time. We are gonna knit a pair of plain mittens that will look like this:
The point of this Knit2gether, is that I hope peeps that may have avoided mittens because they require double pointed needles, will give these a try as they are on a circular needle which is far easier to work with. Then, you’ll have enough confidence to grab some double points and attack any mitten pattern that catches your fancy.
At the end, I’d love for each of you to send me a pic of your mittens so that I can see, and if you give permission I would love to post a pic on the blog. Like one of those open houses at school when we were kids.
Requirements: 1. You have to know how to do a long tail cast on, a knit stitch and a purl stitch. That’s it. Also, this is a kid friendly project-grab a kid and make it a party. If you don’t have your own, borrow the neighbor’s. It’s summer, they’ll thank you.
2. You will need a – 9 inch, size 7, circular needle. Not a 12 inch. It has to be an 8 or 9 inch. 12 inches from tip to tip will be too long and won’t work. Don’t let anyone sell you anything else. And it doesn’t matter if the tips are metal or bamboo-use whatever you prefer if you have a preference. (I prefer stainless, but I was desperate and didn’t want to wait, so I bought bamboo. Neither is better or worse, don’t let it ruin a friendship. Bamboo tends to be grabbier and stainless tends to be slicker. If you’re new to knit, you might like bamboo better, the yarn doesn’t slide off the needle as easily when you’re not looking.)
Okay the thing with needles:
Size 7 refers to how thick the needle is that you’re actually working with- the bigger the number, the fatter the needles. Circular is the type-the needles are joined by a cable so that you can knit in a round. 9 inches is how many inches the circular needles are from tip to tip. They look like this:
These needles will also make socks and baby hats.
3. Worsted weight yarn–3 oz./85 grams, aprox 145 yds/133 m. The yarn should say worsted weight on the tag band thing attached to it, or have a symbol of a little skein of yarn with a 4 in it like this:
If you want a cool chart about yarn weights click: Cool Yarn Chart
If you’re super new to knitting, choose a lighter color yarn-it’s way easier to see what’s going on while your knitting and easier to count and things (if it comes to that).
4. Tip protectors. They look like this:
They will save you from pulling your hair out due to knitting sliding off the needles when you’ve set your knitting down to make dinner. It happens. Like socks that disappear in the dryer.
That’s it. I’m gonna give us all a week to go pick out some yarn and buy needles and I’ll give you the first set of directions next week.
(P.S. If you don’t know a long tail cast on, don’t let it stop you. Email or Facebook me. We’ll figure it out and get you going. It’s not hard and you’re smart.)
(And if it looks as though I’ve forgotten something or whatever PLEASE let me know.)