The pattern for these mitts comes right from Morgan Wolf's Baby Fan Mitts that you can get for free on Ravelry. In an earlier trial run of this project, I tried to figure out how to make the lace wider at the elbow and then slowly narrow down for the wrist. Everything I came up with, while it looked good, required a great deal of attention and concentration. Both of which I have very little to spare.
So I tried an old trick that has served me very well many times. Instead of casting on with 3mm needles like the pattern wanted me to do, I cast on with a 5mm. After 3 inches of that, I moved down to 4mm. Three more inches, and then down to the 3mm, which is where you would probably begin the pattern. And then I was on my way. Three inches of that and I started the thumb gusset.
The larger needles at the elbow opened up the lace and made for an airy fabric. As I moved onto the other needles, especially the 3mm, you can see how the fabric got more dense.
I delivered them to Jenny and they fit her perfectly. She loves them, which is always a treat for those of us making these items.
Thanks to my model, our youngest.