Snowy Cat Mittens

I was looking for something I could include in KitKat’s 7th birthday giveaway on Instagram. This pattern came up but I went with Labby instead. Except that I still wanted to knit these mittens, no matter what. Maybe they’ll be for my Crazy Cat Lady Secret Santa this year…

Project Details

PATTERN: Katt i snøen / Snowy Cat by Tonje Haugli (links to Ravelry)

NEEDLES: 3.5mm and 4mm KnitPro Zing DPNs
GAUGE: 28×28 (10cm) in stranded knitting
SIZE: S (adult woman)

MATERIALS: 

  • 1 ball (104m) Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK in 208 White (dye lot 625416)
  • 1 ball (104m) Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK in 217 Black (dye lot (56683)

STARTED: 16th June, 2020
FINISHED:

16th June, 2020:

I can’t figure out these charts. I got as far as the ribbed cuff and increasing to 44st, then I’m head scratching all over the place.

The charts don’t line up with how many stitches there are (30st on one side, for instance, even though half of 44 is 22). I don’t understand the notes about increasing for the thumb. Just… I love the finished look, but I don’t think I’m ever going to get there.

It helps if you read the notes before the charts. I thought I had, but… /shrug/

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18th June, 2020:

I used the following increase method for the round right after the ribbing, switching to 4mm needles:

K4, KFB, K6, KFB until last 6 sts, K6

Tested the fit on my PA (Danni). It’s a little tight where the stockinette starts but I’m hoping that will block out or that the stitches will relax a bit as I knit.

20th June, 2020:

Been having fun with this. I love stranded knitting; it’s both mindless and not.

Thoughts

Someone in the projects pages for this pattern on Ravelry said there are too many long floats, but I suspect that’s because they don’t know yet how to carry them. So long as you carry them (I carried every three stitches unless I had a section of four, then I carried over two instead), the floats are fine.

The pattern is problematic in other ways, though. It doesn’t tell you how to fasten off, for instance. Fortunately, these are not the first Norwegian-style mittens I’ve made (Totoro mittens for Emma) so I used the same techniques from there. If this is your first attempt at something like this, you’ll need to do some external research to figure out some bits.

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