I agreed to make them for a good friend of mine -- but somewhere between the promise to do it and finishing up all the other things before the promise, something shifted.
I still tried to make them. I made the first one. It's lovely and perfect and follows the pattern I have designed for them. [The fibre is a lace weight alpaca/tussah silk blend doubled throughout.] In the meantime, I got
I even tried a variation on the pattern, making the coin lace happen every fourth row, so it coincided with the increases on the thumb gusset. . . .and that is where I think the trouble started. Too many patterns in my head.
I needed to finish this pair of mitts, so I cast on the second one and started knitting. I was pretty disciplined about it and only brought this along on my commute to town. Things were going well and I was making good progress. It seemed a bit smaller than the other one, but I didn't believe it.
I counted the repeats for the cuff, yes, there are supposed to be three. Check. I counted the repeats leading up to the thumb itself. There are supposed to be six. Check. Then to finish it off, do a total of 10 repeats. Yes, time to CAST OFF.
But they weren't the same size.
They were supposed to be the same size. I wanted them to be the same size. I even found reasons why they were the same size: same yarn, same needles, same number of stitches cast on, same number of repeats of the pattern. Same darned hand measuring it each friggin time.
Maybe the first one stretched because I tried it on so many times. Maybe it would size itself when I washed it.
No. The second one I made was indeed smaller than the first one. And the reason was much simpler than anything I was willing to
Look at the photo, it seems that the problem started after the thumb.
The question is: do it rip it out and re-do it, or consider myself halfway to two pairs of mitts?
They are worth finishing. But I am so dismayed by this rookie mistake, I need time to