Aren't these just the cutest little mittens? They are for our little grandson, Drew, who as my DH says, "lives in the tundra." (Michigan)
Actually I did not knit these. My DH, Rob, did. He learned the basic knitting stitches from his grandmother when he was a child. He did not touch knitting needles again until one winter when we were living in MI and were snowed in for several days. He picked up a rather ambitious knitting project that I had started and took off with it. The rest, as they say, is history.
He completed all the squares in this book, combined them to make the afghan, and has become a very accomplished knitter.
Here is a sweater he knit for our daughter Nora. He has knitted many other things for our family and for baby gifts. He is working on a project for me right now that I will post about in the future.
Did you know that many men used to knit? It's true. Knitting was, in fact, an activity reserved for men. The book No Idle Hands includes many interesting facts about the history of knitting here in America.
Firemen used to knit as they sat around the station waiting for the alarm to ring, especially during war time when socks, scarves, gloves, etc. were needed for the soldiers. Sailors also used to knit while they were out to sea. They would knit distinctive patterns into their sweaters which could be used to identify them if they came to an untimely end. (This always reminds me of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities, who encoded the names of those who were to be executed into the shrouds she knit.)
I'm not much of a knitter any more. I have enjoyed knitting dish cloths the last couple of years. I stick to this basic pattern that doesn't involve a lot of counting. It's relaxing in the evening to knit a few rows before bed or to knit while we are traveling in the car.
Here's the pattern:
Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth
Designer: Unknown, modified by Rob.
Materials: Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 7 needles (US)
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 50 stitches on the needle.
Row 3: Knit 1, SSK, yarn over, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle.
You can now either bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.
Are any of you knitters? If so, what is your most ambitious project to date?
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