After seeing Kenny's beautifully executed "Don's Vest," it gave me an intense envie for knitting some fair isle even though the last thing I needed to do was cast on for yet another project! I succumbed, realizing I had the perfect yarn already in my stash for a pair of Latvian inspired mittens I tucked in my Ravelry pattern library some months ago. These are knit with a silk/wool blend fingering in blue-gray and some KP's Stroll kettle dyed, superwash merino in the color "soot." I used size US0 DPN's for the hem facings and US1 DPN's for the body.
I made the mitt fingerless and repeated the bottom border of the Latvian braid before finishing it off with another hem and facing. I FINALLY taught myself to knit using one color in each hand which I'm pretty stoked about! It took me a lot of practice, as I'm VERY right hand dominate and have always knit English. It's just so much easier and quicker to knit two handed, and you don't have to worry about any yarn tangling!
I've included a picture of the mitt's wrong side because I'm always interested in what the back looks like on fair isle. I generally don't float the color of yarn not in use for greater than 2 stitches by weaving it across the back as I knit. There are some very useful videos on YouTube to demonstrate weaving both the MC and the CC if you are knitting with a color in each hand. Also, I prefer to hand stitch my facings at the end as opposed to knitting them in as I go along for a few reasons. First, it prevents the facing from wanting to flip outwardly, especially if you sew it the slightest bit higher on wrong side. Then, you eliminate the ridge or bump that forms on the right side which bugs me. Lastly, no matter how contrasting or bright your CC is you don't have to worry about it peaking through the MC on the right side stitches that sometimes occurs when you attach the facing as you knit. As you can see, it can be stitched very neatly by using a large, sharp embroidery needle and catching the outside of the "V" on the cast on edge and piercing a corresponding stitch on the inside body of the mitt.
I still have to finish the second mitt and will block them both at the same time.
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