I’ve got my little red light
Pattern: Merletto Mitts by Jody Scofield
Yarn: Pink Knitting Adventures fingering weight (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), Bob colorway
Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5 mm) Knit Picks nickel Options 40″ circular (two-at-a-time Magic Loop)
This lacy little number was the June knitalong for the Fingerless Glove Fanatics group on Ravelry. Since I missed the May KAL — the exquisite Bronte’s Mitts — I wanted to play along with this one. After perusing my stash of fingering weight yarn, I decided on this big ol’ hunk of handdyed, gifted to me by Katrina after our team’s awesome silver medal finish in Dish Rag Tag last year.
Since the color of the yarn in the skein didn’t seem quite my thing, I thought I would make it for someone else. But there was no time to figure out exactly whom before it was time to cast on and knit with the rest of the FGFers. As I worked my way up the hand, through the lovely lace and cable pattern, then into the thumb gusset and up to the top ribbing, I started to be aware that the color wasn’t what I thought it was. It’s more red than pink, quite fiery actually. When I put them on and showed them to Noel, his response was “Don’t flame me, Human Torch!”
The cables go both ways, offering me the invaluable opportunity to practice my no-cable-needle cabling skills in both front and back versions. I love the way the irregular ribbing flows into and out of the cables at top and bottom. If you’re a Raveler and interested in my little modifications (placement of thumb gusset on left mitt, solution to decrease rows for ribbing at the top on palm side, matching ribbing on thumbs), you can read all about it in my project notes and in the thread for the KAL in the FGF forum.
And if you’re not a Raveler — but would like to be (and frankly, I can’t imagine a knitter/crocheter who wouldn’t want to take advantage of this astounding tool and community) — I have ten invitations to give away, courtesy of Casey (site co-owner) in recognition of the work of my fellow Welcome Wagoneers. Just leave me a comment if you want one (or know somebody else who would).