I’ve been postponing to post anything about knitting so far. While the last months we have attended quite a few running events and there was much running to write about, so #whatrunnersdo kept being a running blog, I didn’t quite have the time or the idea of how to squeeze knitting in here. I guess it’s time to take a deep breath and start though.

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The finished scarf in some Amsterdam sunshine.

I started to become more of an avid knitter only in last November, when out of a whim I decided to knit a scarf for Chan. The design was promptly picked via Google image search and the yarn chosen by the future scarf owner. The knitting process seemed to take forever though, with most of my free time spent training. The half made scarf travelled to Portugal on two occasions – one of these the Porto Marathon -, to Hungary and to Amsterdam until it reached its final length. Once finished I thought it was a good idea to use some of the leftover yarn for a pair of matching mittens.

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Scarf and matching mittens

This was pretty much the first time I followed a stitch pattern, and there is nothing really complicated or mystical about it. In case you’d like to give it a try, here you go:

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Chart pattern for the stitch used in the scarf: I = knit, – = purl

As charted here, the pattern repeats every 16 stitches for better visibility, but you can half it so it is in fact a repeat of 8 stitches and you still get the same result.  (Rows on the chart represent only the rightside rows, wrongside should be knitted following the pattern itself, purl over purl and knit over knit.) The scarf I made is 22 cm/64 stitches wide on 4 mm needles, with a DK weight yarn. As the owner wanted it to be long, it is about 1.5 m. It stars and finishes with k2 p2 ribbing over 8 rows. The mittens were knitted using the magic loop technique, and have an afterthought thumb. Both of these were new to me, but they are easy to master. You can find a video of the magic loop here and for a neat explanation of the afterthought thumb click here. It’s amazing how you can learn anything just through a bit of Googling! Note that when knittinh un the round, as you always knit on the right side, you’ll have to simply repeat each row twice.

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Mittens in focus

I cast on 48 stitches for the mittens, again on 4 mm needles with the same DK weight yarn. They turned out to be pretty comfortably wearable, maybe even a bit too spacey. I used the same 2k pk ribbing as on the scarf, now over 15 rows, and then knitted 20 rows of the pattern pretty much measuring the piece against my hand to figure out where the thumbs were supposed to go. I knitted 7 stitches with the waste yarn which gives kind of a tight thumb, so maybe 8 might have been better, and knitted on. I any case I guess this depends very much on the hands you are making the mittens for.