Knitting, crafting, cooking, and motherhood… trying to do it all!

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you know that at this point I had created a lot of samples and a newborn hat, but nothing for myself.  It was time to change that.  I was on day 4 of learning to knit when I decided to make some fingerless mittens.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I wanted to create a flat panel similar to my sample cable pattern that could be seamed along the side.  While seaming, I would leave a hole for my thumb and I would have a fingerless mitten!  It sounds easy enough, and it actually was.

First, I took the cable sample I had already created.  I planned to use the same needles and yarn type, so this swatch was the perfect gauge.  I held it up against my hand and figured out how many ribs, cables, and garter stitches I would need.  I wanted a rib stitch border along both the top and bottom, approximately 1 inch long.  I also wanted ribs along the side of the cables and, most importantly, I wanted the mitten to be symmetrical.  I knew that making ribs would allow some stretch to the mitten, but I didn’t want it to be too stretchy or too tight.

Here is my first original knit pattern completed:



And the palm side:


So, at this point I had created an original pattern.  Did I write up the pattern?  No.  Somewhere in my house I have a notebook with some chicken-scratch notes that allowed me to come up with this creation.  Now that I am hoping to post patterns that I have created on, I need to find that notebook and figure out how to turn it into a pattern that is legible to other knitters.  I plan to make another pair with pictures detailing the complicated steps so that even a beginner could follow the pattern.  Until then, at least my hands are staying warm!

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