Some squares knitted on the diagonal and a set of fingerless mittens, all made using two strands of differently coloured double knitting yarn to produce a variegated effect. I knitted three orange ones because someone posted earlier this month that the children liked the colour orange.

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Comment by Ilse MacLean on May 30, 2013 at 7:36pm

You're welcome.

Comment by Kathy Platts on May 29, 2013 at 8:00pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to pass this info' on Ilse, I appreciate it.  I will certainly 'have a go' at your version, they really do look lovely. Thank youx

Comment by Ilse MacLean on May 28, 2013 at 11:09pm

Hi Kathy

Thank you for your lovely comments.

Sometimes I knit these in the round on double pointed needles,starting in the round for the wrist and lower hand part, changing to back and forward knitting for the thumb space, then returning to the round to join up again for the finger part.

Sometimes I knit them flat and sew up the sides, leaving a gap for the thumb hole.   This is simpler to knit, but then you have the sewing up to do when you finish knitting, which you don't have to do with the knitting in the round version.

I use two strands of DK worked together and size 6mm needles.  This makes very thick mittens. I made a pair for my Australian daughter in law who was finding our Scottish winters a bit chilly and she wore them all the time in the cold weather - sometimes even over another pair of gloves during the coldest spell!

To fit an older child or teenager, I would use 22 stitches for the rib, work 3 inches/7.5 cm in knit 2 purl 2 rib, then increase a couple of stitches  for the hand part.  Continue in stocking stitch for  another 4.5 inches/12 cm, then cast off.  You can adapt the number of stitches and the lengths to fit younger children or adults, and of course the tension of your knitting. (Mine tends to be quite loose.)

Hope this makes sense and that it  helps.  Let me know if it doesn't!  Happy knitting.

Comment by Carol Playford on May 22, 2013 at 8:34am

Great colours :)

Comment by Kathy Platts on May 21, 2013 at 5:34pm

Lovely colourful squares Ilse .

Do you have the pattern for the fingerless mittens? they look great and so welcome during the cold winter.  I made one pair from a pattern but they came out too big (I think so anyway!), then I did a 'Lorinda special' and used 2 squares folded over, but these look lovely with the ribbed cuff :o)

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