If you have visited here before, you may have noticed that I’m addicted to knitting Dragon Paws Fingerless Mitts, I can’t seem to help myself, they are potato chip knitting for me.
So, here is my latest pair. I used one ball of Noro Taiyo Sock yarn. The yarn did all the color work for me, no decisions to make after the initial picking out of the only skein used (most of the Dragon Paws I knit use 3 to 5 different yarns).
For those not familiar with Noro, they are variegated (of sorts) wool or wool blend yarns, famous for having long color repeats with lots of colors. Usually, about 10 colors before starting to repeat and, not all the colors will repeat in the same order. The colors have long runs resulting in bands of stripes, one row to several inches depending on the project.
I wound the skein of Taiyo Sock into two equal sized balls (by weight, for the curious) and just started knitting the hands (two at a time on one needle), letting the colors come up as they would. I did the same with the ruffles, with the exception of looking at what color was coming up next and deciding which ruffle was the best fit for it. Letting serendipity decide what to do (and Noro’s own color sense) made this pair super simple to make – and fun. I chose the blue/green/black/brown color-way (#25) and decided the overall look was kind of an ocean side forest. I picked matt finished teal beads for the (very subtle) bling – no surprises there, teal has been my favorite color lately – and the results were better than I could have planned.
This particular pair was knit with a snug gauge, the same I use for socks (about 8 sts/inch in stockinette) and a 1×1 rib instead of the pattern’s 2×2 rib. I have been trying to knit a pair for me to keep for ages but they keep selling. I decided if I knit a pair to snuggly fit my small hands, no one else could wear them and I’d finally get to keep a pair! 🙂
Well, this sort of worked. I only have one to photograph and show you because I have already taken the mate to the yarn shop where I’m teaching the class in October to show as a class sample. If you are in the greater Detroit area, you can come knit a pair with me. To sign up for the class, click here. To buy the pattern visit Ravelry, my Etsy shop, Patternfish, or visit the shop, Heritage Spinning & Weaving.
Revel in color!