None of my son's mittens stay on his hands, because they are too bulky to fit under his coat cuffs and yet the mitten cuffs are too skinny to fit over his coat cuffs. I decided to try making mittens. Today I visited a LYS near where I work with a friend who is also a knitter. I purchased a pattern to make mittens for my son, some washable wool for the pattern and new needles. I told the woman in the LYS that I just learned to knit, and she recommended this pattern, because it doesn't require knitting in the round.
You would think this would be fairly easy and straight-forward, right?
I have cast on, knitted and ripped out the first two rows about five times already. I have now spent about 3 hours on these mittens and I have nothing to show for it. I have ripped out the sts so many times that the last time I just cut the yarn off and slid the whole thing off the needles.
The pattern calls for size 6 straight needles, co 32 sts, and then k1, p1 rib knit for the cuffs (approx. 2.5in, though I plan to make the cuffs longer than that so they can go over the coat cuffs). I have made two scarves, and have about 4 inches of a third scarf done, but they are all just garter stitch. I have done purl sts on my practice swatches, and created a swatch of stockinette that looks perfectly normal, so I must be purling correctly... why does my k1, p1 look like... a big mess of yarn? Shouldn't it LOOK like rib knit?
Ugh... maybe I am destined to be a garter stitch knitter forever.