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 ravelry.com, 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!