Ten pairs of mittens now for Knit for Peace. I'm trying to use up some of the vast hoard of oddments which I have in stock.
This is my latest effort. I have subscribed to Kate Davies' "Inspired by Islay" Club, the notion being that each week a pattern is released. I don't see myself knitting kilt hose, but the chart for the cable is very appealing. Why not make use of it, I thought.
I used a 4ply wool yarn from Natural Yarns, and a 3.25 needle. I knit them flat, and just placed the cable by increasing 1 stitch in 4 on the panel in a set-up row. I used that simple rib edging I have used before on the Celtic waistcoats - two rows garter, two rows rib and two rows garter. It makes a neat edge.
I put in a thumb gusset and completed the thumb on dpns. At the top of the cable I closed it off by slipping stitches and passing them over. This gives a finished look to it.
These feel very warm and are a snug fit.
I will be trying to give my thumbs a rest over the Christmas break. Luckily the tapestry yarn has arrived to finish the little Celtic panel.