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Old 01-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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I used to knit a lot, gave it up for a few years and have just gotten back to it. I am on my second pair of mittens but don't like the finished look. The thumb and end of the hand is pointed. I would like it to be more rounded. Am I doing something wrong? I am using a pattern calling for two needles. Would working on a pattern using circular needles solve the problem. Thanks.

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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You may have spaced your decreases too far apart, or decreased down to too few stitches. Take out the finishing and rip out a couple of rows then draw the tail through the sts with more sts on the needles.
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'll definitely give it a try.
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Yeah, I'd say that if the pattern calls for the decreases you do and it looks pointy, to change it. Decrease less, put more rows between decreasing rows, use fewer decreases in the decreasing row... those are all things you can do and you would just have to change it at the end, so it shouldn't be too bad.
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You'd put less rows between the decs; more rows stretch them out longer like a stocking cap with a long tail and makes it more pointy. Decreasing closer together flattens the end out more. But experimenting with different ideas would be good to do.
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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anyhow you will need to get the length of the mitten right.
If you change the decreases, get some orientation how many stitches you want to decrease and how long your mitten shall be. Then work in even rounds untill you want to round the top, do your decreases and then leave at least 1/3 of the stitches over on each needle in my eyes. Those (equal number on each side!) you can close by 3needle bind off or preferably by kitchener stitch. That would be one of the only ways I'd do a mitten: kitchener. (a video is up top!)

some mittens are very pointy on top, a lot of the scandinavian ones are! you can like or dislike the style. If you dislike: just adjust.

the type of needles is not responsible. The stitches end up being the same no matter which needles you use.
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