Stranded herringbone mittens

I’m charting new waters with my knitting and trying…dun dun dun…stranded color work. With the fall season of Castle and Community starting next week, I’ll also need to cast on a mindless television project that I can switch to. Following this teeny chart is an all-consuming task.

What new knitting skill have you tried lately? Was it a pleasant experience?

I’m making these two color Herringbone Mittens without Poms. My knitting friend Christine (who just had a great opening week with her yarn-dyeing business – skeinnydipping – which I had to give a shoutout because how freakin awesome is that?! ) was my encouragement in giving stranded work a try. However much of a game changer the internet becomes, there is still something special about someone sitting next to you on their couch and cheering you through a new knitting skill.

I am about five rows into the chart.

Christine’s advice was that I work the mitten with the right side facing in (opposite of how it appears in the photo below). This way there’s less chance of pulling the strands too tight. Over-pulled strands make for an uneven surface, even after blocking.

If I become a stranded colorwork master I can make all kinds of pretty picture mittens for people. Here are some of my favorites from ravelry…

(left to right, top to bottom)

Mittens to Order
Spatz
Smaragdi Mittens
Deep in the Forest Mittens
Chrysanthemums
Ix Mitts

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7 comments

  1. Pingback: Herringbone Mittens for a knit-appreciating friend | Foxflat's Blog
  2. barefootrooster · September 19, 2011

    LOVELY. i actually tried stranded colorwork before I knew to be scared of it — the manresa legwarmers from a very early knitty. before you get too impressed, the floats are too tight, and there is no way in hell i can fit the portion of the first one i knit over my foot, but the colorwork part was really fun, and it moved surprisingly quickly because it is so satisfying to cross off rows on a chart! can’t wait to see more of your mittens.

    • foxflat · September 19, 2011

      ahhhh rats! that’s so cool that you just jumped into them though.

  3. Julie · September 16, 2011

    Your mitts look great so far!! I’m totally in love with all the stranded colourwork mitts on Ravelry, too- just so inspiring.

  4. foxflat · September 16, 2011

    @Lori – Thanks! “Floats” is a better word for the strands, i like that..

    @stitchknit – Can’t wait to see what you try!

  5. Lori · September 16, 2011

    Your mitten is coming along great! I really like the advice to turn it inside out to make the floats easier to manage. I’ll have to remember that next time I’m teaching someone.

    I need to figure out my Premiere Week mindless knitting project(s) now that you mention it!maybe some mittens.

  6. stitchknit · September 16, 2011

    Great post. Great push to get out of my rut here. I haven’t tried anything new for ages!
    The closest to new is a baby blanket, crocheted & then embellished with cross stitch. I’ve done both, but it has been ages since I’ve combined them.
    Will be sure to come up with a new challenge here.

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