Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blocking... not just for lace

I embarked on a new knitting journey last night.  I'd had my eye on these mitts for a while now and finally just jumped right in.  These are my first colorwork project (besides striped hats) and I have to say, it was somewhat enjoyable.  To be fair, there are only 11 rows of colorwork, but it was a good sized chunk for a newbie like me.

I really liked them when they came off the needles and I was wearing the one around all night last night.  Then I looked at the rest of the projects on Ravelry and realized that blocking would do wonders!  So I blocked the right mitt while I was knitting the left mitt.  I have pretty even tension, so I wasn't sure it would even make a difference... 

See for yourself!
Project Details:
Debbie Bliss Cashmerion Aran
Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Flash Dance
Knit on US6 needles.
Details on Mods HERE (Rav Link)


Caroline said... impressed with you right now! Gorgeous!

Amber said...

If you don't like them, you can mail them to me. :D

Glenda said...

Its amazing how effective blocking colourwork can be. I just hope they still fit you afterwards! :)

If you're doing a wide section of colourwork, it can also help to move up a needle size - even 1/4mm or 1/2mm can be enough. This counteracts the pulling-in nature of the stranding... also, I find it helps to work the piece inside-out - then you're strands can't get too tight even if they wanted to! :)

Glenda said...

PS: love the mitts! :)