Boy Knitting - part one

>> Thursday, December 01, 2005

I'm going to my first stitch n' bitch tonight! I'm really looking forward to it. Now I can socialize while still catching up on all my (secret) Christmas projects. I can't wait to see what everyone is making. Plus I always enjoy getting together with a bunch of girls and gossiping. Which brings me to my topic.

My boyfriend asked me over a year ago if I would teach him how to knit. I wasn't sure if he was really interested at first, but I have to say he's taken to it like a fish to water. His first ball of yarn was a nice fat dark green wool. He made (and unravelled) a few practise squares and ended up creating my favourite scarf for me, in a double rib. After that came a bookmark in moss stitch, some 2-colour wash cloths, and a really long Seattle Seahawks scarf in lime green, blue and grey. All made without a pattern (he likes doing the math).

That's all pretty impressive, but his latest project was so complicated I couldn't really understand it until I saw it put together (see diagram). It's a double thickness mitten knitted in one big flat piece. So when you sew it together it has two layers for warmth. The 1st mitten took a long time, and I suspect he'll need a breather before the 2nd gets done. But as you can see he's a natural knitter (and designer). It's not really that surprising, just look at famous knitters such as Kaffe Fassett.


Anonymous,  December 01, 2005  

You can't really tell from the photo, but the thumb design indicates that this is the left-hand mitten.

Wearing it feels like an oven mitt.

Anonymous,  December 14, 2005  

Status report: I hit the halfway mark on the right-hand mitten last night (Dec 13th). Fingers crossed for completing everything (about 5000 more stiches, sewing up, and weaving in) by the 18th.

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