In an effort to get on with regular life, I have been trying work out of my knitting doldrums and finally finished a piece this week at my stitch'n bitch. Really these should have taken me a week and not a month to complete, but better late than never.
So, this winter I bought a season pass to the ice skating rink. It's outdoor and it can be quite cold. I can't stand to skate in a coat but without one I was so cold. So as a compromise I started wearing a vest but my arms were frozen even with gloves (another thing I hate wearing when skating).
So I decided to make something that would keep my arms warm, but that I could still wear gloves under for the added warmth. It had to be something girly, afterall it was for figure skating and it had to come from my stash ( I am admitting that I have one now). Thus the idea of the Ice Princess Mitts were born. Luckily I had some angora sitting around and the perfect yarn from my KR gift elf, Cayli.
- For main yarn use a heavy worsted or worsted weight yarn that any ice princess would deign to wear. I used hand dyed and spun yarn gifted to me from a very talented fiber artist.
- Yarn for froufrou trim, be it white worsted angora like I used or funfur, etc.
- Set of US8 DPNs
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
- Beginning: Cast on 30 stitches of main yarn, dividing them evenly over 3 needles. Join for knitting in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, blah, blah, blah...
- Arm: Knit in K1, P1 rib for 7 inches or desired length.
- Thumbhole: Knit 6 rows back and forth continuing in K1, P1 ribbing. Join for knitting in the round again. Knit 2 more rounds in pattern.
- Froufrou: Join angora (double it up for the best effect) and knit 1 round of ribbing with both yarns. Fasten off main yarn. Knit 7 more rounds with angora or what ever you find to be pleasing. Cast off loosely.
- Finishing: Weave in ends with tapestry needle and wash and block to fluff up angora. Mine ended up being 10 inches long.