Can you guess what this is?
Believe it or not, it’s the start of a fingerless mitt.
Isn’t the design awesome? It’s the Hexagon Mitt from Sybil R. You can find more of her patterns on her website, on Ravelry, or on LoveCrafts.
I don’t remember how I stumbled across her work a couple weeks back, but I knew immediately that I needed to knit at least one of her designs. Such novel construction! What cool uses for short rows!
The Hexagon Mitts seemed like a good place to start... though, true to form, I’m not knitting them exactly as she lays out in the pattern:
I’m using one gradient yarn instead of two yarns.
I’ve added a few rounds to the top of the mitt, so the finished edge is one smooth bind-off instead of a mix of bind-off and selvedge.
I’ve grafted the side seam instead of using 3-needle bind-off, ’cause I don’t mind grafting and I didn’t want the bulk that a 3-needle bind-off can produce.
Are these tweaks improvements? Quite possibly not. I just wanted to “get inside” the head of a talented, original designer by knitting one of her designs... but I wanted to knit them in my own way. (Yes, I’m a process knitter; why do you ask?) I’m already looking forward to trying out one or more of her other patterns – in particular, DH has requested a U-Turn Hat.