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A New Challenge with Fingerless Mitts

Recently a friend sent me a photo of a pair of fingerless mitts and asked it I could knit her pair. The photo intrigued me and when I located the pattern on Ravelry, the construction techniques fascinated me. It's called "Pieces of Eight". I couldn't wait to give it a try, so I checked my stash and found some Shooting Yarn Panda Sock in colorway "Hey Mister!". I cast on and although I got hung up on Step 5 the first time through, I figured it out. The first mitt is a bit lumpy: 2014-04-18 14.28.37 But I started on mitt 2 and I am really enjoying practicing this figure eight construction! 2014-04-23 12.41.32 I will be knitting a set for my friend (she wants a wool-less set), and I would love to try a pair in Zauberball Sock. Notice my favorite Kollage Needles. I found that having a 40" circular and a set of DPNs was really helpful. 2014-04-23 12.42.22 I knit a lot. And I mean a LOT. Sometimes I just need a new challenge, a new technique or unique yarn to relight my enthusiasm. This pattern was just exactly that. Quick, fun and rewarding. I love the finished result and feel rejuvenated. What new challenges are you attempting in your knitting?


Posted by Kitty Call on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

These mitts are stunning. …I will have to make a pair..

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Hi I am working on these right now and I’m stuck on step 5! I can’t figure out how to pick up the stitchrsvand then which way to go because you HV thosrv70 co stitches. I’m so confused can you help?? Thanks yours are fabulous!

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Which part of Step Five are you stuck on? I had to try it a couple times before I got it right!

Posted by L on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Glad you had better luck than I am having trying these at the moment. I cannot seem to get my head wrapped around step 5.

Posted by Maria on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

I’ve taken up regressive knitting ;)

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Yeah I just finished back to the starting point and about to pick up the stitches. I think that s what I was doing other than figuring out which stitches to pu I think its becoming more clear now after u said turn work. If I can get the right stches pu I will try that later hopefully that will get me going I think after I get that ill b good….hopefully. Thanks so much and I may b back lol

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

After you pick up the stitches, you turn your work, knit 2 together and the work around the thumb stitches. Is that the spot you’re at?

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

OK I’m gonna sound dumb probably OK so when u pickup the stitches u turn it and go back the same way right ? I was trying to go down the rest of the 70 stuches. I’m a Lil slow lol

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

I relied heavily on the designer’s photos to get through Step 5. When you finish the thumb instructions, knit 20 stitches, place a marker(now called the “starting point”), knit 4 stitches, cable cast on 4 more stitches, place second marker (use a different color). Cable cast on 70 stitches. Knit back to the first marker you placed (starting point). Here is the “gap” the designer mentions.

“Think about this is four sections. 1 stitch at the front, all on its own, 21 stitches to the first marker, 8 stitches between the markers, and 66 stitches after the last marker. In other words: 1,21,8,66.” quoted from Raveler rambunctiousky

The 21 stitch section will have increases. The 66 stitch section will have decreases.

Another Raveler suggest using a different stitch count. “k22; pm; k2; cast on 6 stitches (cable cast on); pm; cast on 66 stitches” Raveler Algebrina

Now on to the sticky part.
Row 2 (WS): K back to starting point. Pick up 1st(or 2, if you need to) from the gap between the last st and pick up 1st from the recently cast-on sts. To pick up 1st from lower cast on edge, wyif, insert right needle from back to front and pull yarn through to pick up the st.
Turn your work and do a RS row

Row 3 K2tog (just picked up stitch and first stitch of row) Now you are knitting round the thumb stitches to marker 1 (starting point) knit the stitches between the markers just the way they are, no inc or dec. After the second marker, (working the long section of cable cast on stitches) k1 ssk, k8 to the end. This decreases and forms the second spiral.
I hope this helps. I’m struggling a bit to explain without the actual project in front of me. Check the notes from projects on Ravelry. There are lots of explanations there and I’m sure one of them will make sense to you!

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Right I think I may b OK I can’t figure out how I would do it different. It says pu from lower edge of cable cast on so does that mean the row of stitches done in the first round cuz they are closest if I do it any other way I’m gonna get a twist. If the thumb is pointing up my working siches are on the outside

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

You are working in Rows, not rounds, right?

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

OK I am at the spot were I HV to pu again but I think may by I did it wrong because my working stuches r on the outside and if I pu to keep it straight I HV to our from the knitted stitches not the ones on the needle is that riddht or am I backwards? Sorry if I’m annoying!

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

Post a photo when you’re finished! I’d love to see them.

Posted by Jennifer on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

I was doing it right I was just over thinking it. I’m on track now hopefully the rest will go better! Lol thanks so much for your help!

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on Wed, Oct-05-2016, 18:00

I wish I could see what you’re doing! I’m a very visual knitter. Were you able to check out the Ravelry projects? As confusing as this pattern seems, once I got it, it made sense. If it still feels wrong, then you’ve probably not quite got it yet. Use the photos the designer provided, they really helped me figure it out.

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