In fact, it would have been a really unappealing name… more. The best compliment Kristin and I have received about our cardigan design collaboration has been from Joy, aka The Knitting Goddess, who described it as not looking like a knitting pattern at all, instead like something that came from a cool boutique. The Fledgling mittens are baby emperor penguins for your hands.
They are one of the 11 patterns in Penguin: a Knit Collection and the first I am properly introducing you to. Cute, as well as practical, these colourwork mittens… more. You will be crocheting through the entire color sequence in the first row then pulling out the last single crochet and chain one. If you use a large hook, you will make fewer but larger stitches. If you use a smaller hook, you will make more but smaller stitches. You may get stitches that are half of one color and half the next.
Or adjust the hook size so all the stitches are just one color.
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Caveat : Hook size will matter if you are trying to follow a pattern for a specific colorway. Rule 3 : To start, single crochet and chain one the moss stitch through the entire color sequence. This is Row 1. For Row 2, pull out the last single crochet and chain one of Row 1 and turn.
Chain 2, single crochet in the chain one of the row below, chain one, skip one, continue the moss stitch to the end. Theoretically, you should be able to tell if you are doing the argyle correctly on Row 3.
After making several projects, I could actually tell by Row 3 if I was getting the argyle pattern, but when I first started doing the argyle pattern, it took a few more rows for me to recognize what was happening. The Tell : Begin every row with a chain 2, and then continue the moss stitch. In Row 3, each color should be the same color as the one two rows below, only over one stitch.
The new color should start one single crochet stitch after it did two rows below. In other words, each color should be shifting over one stitch because of that single crochet and chain one you pulled out of Row 1. Caveat : The new color is supposed to start one stitch later than it did two rows below, but 9 times out of 10, it started one stitch before for me.
This fact leads to Rule 4. Rule 4 : Each color should shift one stitch compared to that same color two rows below. If it starts one stitch before that color two rows below, make sure every color starts one stitch earlier. If it starts one stitch later, then make sure every color starts one color later. Rule 5 : You will have to adjust your tension to make sure Rule 4 keeps happening. Because of the dyeing process, each color length in the sequence may vary slightly.
To keep the argyle pattern working, you may have to frog rip out your project a little to crochet tighter or more loosely to make sure you keep getting the single crochets to start one stitch earlier or later.
The perfect scarf will have the stitches shift one in every row for every color. It was the hottest day of the year and though my boy was quite happy to play measuring, he did absolutely not have any desire to put a tshirt on to do so. Any wise person would wait until a cooler day or a time when said child was dressed. I measured him anyway.
Tank Top vs Armwarmers
Add a bit more for ease. Add a tiny bit more for room to grow because I want it to fit him for more than a fortnight. I had a gauge of 28sts per 10cm, so 2. The Skystone Armwarmers chart is 6 stitches wide, so the closest multiple of 6 would give sts to cast on, with a final measurement of about 71cm.
I have maths ed. I wanted a neat, firm but elastic edge, because those are the best kind, so I went back to a previous Boost Your Knitting lesson and used the Tubular Cast on taught alongside the Totally Tubular mittens pattern. Once I got past the ribbing section and onto the main pattern, I was enjoying myself greatly. I love the rhythm of simple colourwork, and happily knit my way through the rows of the chart.
One of the other techniques I used to make my life a bit easier whilst knitting, was to splice the yarn joins when shifting between colours. As the background and foreground colours all shift only in their own colour groups, and to their nearest neighbour, I spliced them to avoid having any ends to weave in after the project. What I did not realise was that how to splice yarns properly and elegantly is the subject of one of the future patterns and accompanying lessons in Boost Your Knitting: The Marangoni Hat.
Learn these techniques. And the next technique we have up is the steeeeeeeeeeeeeks! Oh, to steek. The first time that I used steeks in a project was for a previous tank top project: Oorik. This darling little tank top and the tutorials on knitting, securing and cutting steeks was one of my favourite project from A Year of Techniques. It was just so freeing and made way for so many possibilities, and I have used it for a few projects since most notably the Trilobite Tank Top.
Notched Hem Tank Top | Purl Soho
Instead, I put a steek in for each sleeve and after working another inch started one for the neck, also. As the decreases at the sides of the neck and armholes are made, the steeked tank top begins to represent nothing more than a malformed bag with the bottom cut out. As the neck decreases rise to almost the full intended length of the tank top there is one more steek to put in: one of the back-of-neck and shoulder shaping. Look at that giant head.
It has to be big to hold all of the cuteness in. The shoulders were joined using a three needle bind off. The steeks are then reinforced with crochet either side of the cutting line, before the big scissors come out. Use some nice little accurate ones. And space for a couple of little arms follows soon after.
Stitches are picked up for the neckline and around the arms. To try and maintain as much space for giant toddler heads as possible I knit a classic V neck but knit the ribbing back and forth in a strip without a front central decrease, letting the two ends of this strip overlap in the very centre of the V before sewing the ends discretely into place. This again maximises the elasticity and roominess of the neckline, making getting dressed easier on every single person in the vicinity. A quick check of both the front and the back, and I felt happy with what I had made.
Looking over the colourwork on the back was very pleasing.
Notched Hem Tank Top
Once the wool was cleaned and fully dry, any remaining ends were trimmed and a label sewn in as a finishing touch. I think a lot of the time we hope that our handknits for children might one day be handed down. I keep the ones that my little boy grows out of, just in case he should want them when he is older, either to look back on, or to hand down to someone else. I sew a little label in and write a little tag when I pack his hand knits away. I do not take my knitting too seriously she says, with a website dedicated to this kind of thing , but I do find a meditation in my knitting, of loving the person I am knitting for including those projects I am knitting for myself , so each of these projects is special.
The entire knitting of this tank top was a joy. The yarn, the colours, the item itself and the love I have for the little person it is for. He turns four next week, and this was a present for his birthday, but he watched me knit it, and asked about it every day. He loves a tank top. I love that he chooses to wear tank tops and that they are so warm, and practical, and can be so full of fun and colour, and that these are also all qualities that I feel about my child.
I always fancied a go at making one, but like many crafts it […]. Though I wrote about my Self Portrait embroidery first, because it was such an important piece of work for me, I actually made another embroidery piece before that one. This embroidery piece was made to mark my fifth wedding anniversary in July. When I first […]. I have made something important to me that I have spent some time wondering if I should share.