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Old 09-03-2008, 04:04 PM   #41
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I'm joining this mitten KAL and using the pattern you all seem to be making them from. I started my first one yesterday and got stuck when it said to cast on 2 stitches after putting the thumb stitches on a holder. My question is, how do you cast on stitches within an object???

I'm going to frog the whole thing and start again using 2 strands of yarn after reading your comments about the thinness of the mitten. I only have size 8 dpns so I'm going to have to use them. I hope that will be okay. The only size I have smaller than the 8s are size 4, which I'm sure won't work well. I've been wanting to get more needles so this will be a good excuse to get size 5 to 7!!! Now I wish I had two sets of the needles so I could make both mittens at the same time!!!

Any help with the cast-on will be greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 09-03-2008, 04:08 PM   #42
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I just put two backward loops on my needle and then knit around. hope that helps
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I'm joining this mitten KAL and using the pattern you all seem to be making them from. I started my first one yesterday and got stuck when it said to cast on 2 stitches after putting the thumb stitches on a holder. My question is, how do you cast on stitches within an object??? Susan
Hi Susan and welcome to the KAL...you can use the Single Cast on (aka backward loop) but I have found this can 'cause gap and not very nice to knit from...I use the Knitting-On...if you need to just turn your work around to co those 2 sts this way and then turn your work back. Here is a link to the videos of the 2 cast ons
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I think you'll do fine with 2 strands of ww and size 8 needles. I've made many with size 6 and one strand, but I suppose we all knit with different gauges, so we'll all find our own way of doing it. I think you'll be pleased with using the 8's.

As far as casting on two, my first pair I didn't know what they meant either and I"m sure that what I'm doing isn't "correct", but I couldn't find anything to explain it, either. What I do is loop it around my finger and then onto the needle. It works out, so I guess as long as there is a loop on there, you'll be ok. I wish I could be of more help in that area, it's just hard to explain how I loop it.
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:34 PM   #45
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im buying the bits i need at the weekend. can anyone recomend a really easy kids mitten pattern please?N i'm going to be doing magic loop (i have adapted sock dpn's to magic loop so planned to do the same with the mittens).

i'm buying yarn, i was thining of bulky yarn so ds is toasty warm
any surgestions please?

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Old 09-03-2008, 04:53 PM   #46
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i'm buying yarn, i was thining of bulky yarn so ds is toasty warm
any surgestions please? thank you
Here is a family mitten pattern that uses bulky weight
Here is another pattern that breaks down a variety of sizes using bulky... (pdf file)

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Old 09-03-2008, 05:14 PM   #47
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Well, I just frogged my second pair of mittens, egads whisper yarn is a bear doubled up and I just kept loosing track. So now I am balling up a hank of cascadia heathers 220 to make ds a pair of mittens. its this beautiful turquoise color and I will be doubling up the strands. Also going to donate the first mittens to afgans for afgans, seeing as they came out a bit thin for what my kids need, they should still be good for a cool climate, not fridgid like ours.
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:22 PM   #48
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I thought I should mention that I have used that Afghans for Afghans pattern almost exclusively for the children. But, I also come out with very different size mittens, depending on the yarn and needles. I just went to take some pics of some to show you all, but my batteries are dead and my step-son has my charger, so it will have to be later.

For instance, there are two sizes in the pattern. I have had that second size come out large enough for a large women's hand, and I went right by the pattern, yet another pair with a different brand of ww yarn fits my 6 y/0 gd. It's just that ww yarn has it's differences and I think even for those of us who knit everyday, our gauge can be different, depending on our moods, lol, and of course our gauges are going to differ from each others, as well.

I guess I'm just trying to say that I've made many pairs with ww yarn without putting any other yarn with it and others it seemed too thin and I had to add in baby or sport yarn. It's just a matter of trying it out yourself, with whatever yarn/needles you have and going from there on the gauge. Maybe make by the pattern for the first pair, then you'll know what changes you'll have to make.

Think of all the warm little hands this year from all of us working on this!
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Originally Posted by nicolejc83 View Post
I finished my first pair of mittens yesterday for my dd using plymouth tweed in a purply type yarn.
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I finished my first mitten ever today.
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I'm joining this mitten KAL and using the pattern you all seem to be making them from.
Welcome to the KAL, Susan!
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I agree! Woo Hoo!
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:02 PM   #50
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I thought I should mention that I have used that Afghans for Afghans pattern almost exclusively for the children. But, I also come out with very different size mittens, depending on the yarn and needles. :

Well, I almost finished my first mitten - just have to do the thumb. The funny thing is, it fits me!!!! And my hand is not small. And I used the smaller of the two sizes!!! I used 2 strands of Wool-Ease and size 8 dpns. I'm working on the second mitten now and I'll keep this pair for myself - then I'll try to figure out how to use the same yarn and needles and make smaller mittens!!!!

Can someone with a 3 to 5 year old child tell me how big their hands are?? I don't have any small children by me so I can't measure any little hands!!!

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