Improved.

 

I apologize for the less-than-spectacular photos, but I hope you’re able to see that the new version of the mitten is a significant improvement over the old! Plus, I don’t think I’ve shown you the palm side of the knitting yet, so there you have it.

I followed plan #2 – I first re-drew the upper portion of the chart to contain a more “squat” lily. I was able to squeeze in some of the smaller background elements at the top of the mitten, which I think frame the main motif nicely as many of you suggested.

The newer version is on the right.

While redrawing the chart, I tried to stay true to the original Lillyfield curves as much as possible, which surprisingly wasn’t too difficult. Also, I did not alter the length of the mitten or the number of stitches remaining after completing the decreases, since those particulars seemed to fit well in my first try.

However, the spacing of the decreases is now more gradual. I think the resulting shape is more tapered and flattering, and the fabric is smoother. And yet the change wasn’t drastic enough to cause finger claustrophobia!

Onward? Yes, I think so! As I mentioned before, to knit the other mitten, I will scan in the latest graph and mirror it. Super simple! And this time around, I will knit with full confidence ;).

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In full disclosure, I have to tell you that I fell off the wagon a little bit and started another project. Just a little bit. It’s not one of the dangerous projects, either. Gulp!

In brief, this is Child’s French Sock from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks knit in Koigu KPM #1160. The details will come a bit later, but for starters, you’ve seen this yarn before ;). And I’ve seen this sock pattern before, boy, have I ever! Over and over and over again, which is why I’m finally compelled to knit it. Plus, my thoughts on Koigu and why we’ll never be BFFs.

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  1. Mary K. in Rockport

    “Squat lily” – two words not often linked. I am laughing. New version is much more comely.

  2. Sam

    Your mittens are really pretty. I especially like the side seam thumb gusset. The corrugated ribbing is nice too. I enjoy your visiting your site.

    Take care.

    Sam

  3. Anna

    I love the fact that you’ve modified this pattern to work for you, but it’s still so recognizable as the Lillyfield mitten. I’ve felt some trepidation in modifying the proportions of colorwork patterns to fit some other parameters (I took just enough art classes to know that proportion is my Achilles’ heel), so I’m glad to see it can be done well with enough patience.

    And willingness to rip it out. ;)

  4. Erica

    The mitten looks great! I really like the new version.

    It’s always the sneak attacks that get you, isn’t it? You know enough to keep your eye on the dangerous ones, but it’s the innocent projects that get you!

  5. Meg McG

    I do love your reviews of, well anything. I have made 2 pairs of socks and am 65% through a Babette in koigu. I enjoy Koigu but am always interested to hear your opinion. Can I call you a perfectionist without being insulting? You’re very precise, thoughtful and exacting with your assessments and even if my opinion differs, it’s still always interesting to hear your take on a subject. Thanks for taking the time.

  6. Amy

    Your new version is lovely – and I’m so glad you squeezed a little “background” at the top – it works wonderfully! THe shaping is also great, rounded without looking too narrow or too wide. You’ve really kept the spirit of the originals, and I’d bet that anyone seeing you wear them would be unlikely to notice any difference from the original (other than the cuff, perhaps). You amaze me with your talent and adventurous spirit to change the pattern to suit you.

    Your Child’s French Sock also looks lovely (I’ve made a pair for myself). Can’t wait to hear about your Koigu experience.

    Thanks for sharing the photos!

  7. Shaina

    Hmmm! Is this the Koigu you used to knit a pair of Grandma’s socks, only to run out at the very toe and not be able to find any more?

  8. terhi

    Oh I’ll be very interested to hear your thoughts on Koigu! I love it – and I’ve never really liked Lorna’s Laces that much. :-D The sock looks really nice, it’s one of my favourite Nancy Bush patterns.

  9. Lynn

    I’ve made that sock, too. Really enjoyed working that pattern for my middlest daughter and will probably knit it again for myself, someday.

  10. Elise Hiller

    I just made a pair of those socks and they were completely addictive! I have to say that the picture in the book was not great, but the pattern truly was a lot of fun! As for Koigu…I like it for some things, but not this sock pattern. Actually, this was a great pattern for the handpainted yarn I have that does not pool and it melded together beautifully.

    Enjoy!

  11. Deb

    I LOVE the new mitten! It looks perfect. I was in the Leave It Alone, It Looks Fine camp, but I see that this new version is just divine. You made the right call.

    So, a question: Do you use the special fancy knitters graph paper when you do a chart? And if so, is it just a basic one, or do you figure gauge and then get the exact graph paper for your particular stitch ratio? I’d really appreciate a few tips on this. I just started charting my own patterns (Mommy, knit me a hat with a backhoe on it!), but the graph paper options have me confused before I even get a good start.

    And seriously, the mittens are beyond beautiful.

  12. Nikola

    As always, your work is stunning:)

    A question: are you kniiting that sock on two needles only. I’m pretty new to sock knitting and looking for an alternative to the 4 needle method. However the magic loop method or using one circular needle with two socks on, do not appeal to me:(

  13. Kathleen

    I love how you’ve redesigned the mitten yet again – it really does it justice. You must be pleased with how it looks now. So much work and such a pretty mitten. I love how the design on the thumb is as well.

    What a gorgeous color yarn for the sock too.

  14. tina

    LOVIN’ the mitten re-design, it is gorgeous!

    Falling off the wagon? Who in the world would even notice such a wee slip, really!!!

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