Sandra’s hat and mittens are done! Cabled, luxurious, soft, washable, flattering. Just what I’d hoped.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash, Merlot Heather
Pattern: Very Cabley Mittens
Gretel was a fabulous pattern. I learned a lot and felt terribly clever the whole time, which is just marvelous in a project, don’t you think? A tubular cast on to start – super-dee-duper smart cast on. Then traveling cables to make you feel terribly clever, particularly as I knit them without a cable needle. And the colour just kept unfolding and deepening. Totally transfixed me. I love heathers.
I didn’t do a gauge swatch – I tend not to on hats, socks, and mittens. I feel more reckless on the smaller items. The Gretel turned out a bit big, even with making the slouchiest version. And so I simply threaded some slender black elastic through the brim in two places and solved the problem.
The mittens were fabulous, too. Pattern was clear and the all-over cables on the hands were such a luxurious touch. I did make a few modifications, though. I added a thumb gusset, since I have a firmly held conviction that since my thumb comes from the side of my palm, so should thumbs on mittens. I also lengthened the cuff by a few repeats. Too short cuffs are the bane of a warm person’s existence on winter walks.
So there we go. I have to say, this clothing of my loved ones in woolens before the snow flies is a very satisfying process. As of this moment, one person in the family has got a warm head and hansel…