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Another wristlet – my own design

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Well.  I had such fun making the other Wristlet, I decided to make a couple more. I finished one, a pretty bog-standard version, just knitting and knitting in the round, bordered with a handful of garter-stitch rounds.  I didn’t even take a photo of them – DD needed a gift for her skating helper so they pretty much came off the needle and into a bit of wrapping paper.  But I loved the yarn I used – I had grabbed a massive ball of something called Marble by James C Brett from a discount store.  It’s a chunky yarn, but I used 4mm needles.  The colour progression is very cool, but I am pretty sure there is no two areas of the whole 340 yard length that are exactly the same!

At least I’ve not had much luck picking two matching start points.  No matter.  I hear matching mismatched socks are all the rage so …..

I had seen a stitch in a book I have that I really liked.  I am getting a little more adventuresome with my knitting, more than just Knit/Purl. This stitch was called Butterfly Block

chart

Oh dear.  A chart.  I am RUBBISH at charts.  Luckily there was a video – OK, so demonstrating a 3-stitch slip rather than a 5 stitch one, but at least it got me thru the inserting the needle tip bit.  Notice in the book it doesn’t say HOW to insert.  But bottom of the strands up to the top is critical, as is pulling the new stitch back down thru the bottom then up in line with the needle, and dropping off the back of the old stitch.  Yeah – like THAT makes sense.  Watch the video here.

OK so that was the first hurdle.  Next, I wanted to knit in the round.  More complicated when you are looking at a pattern that involves slipping stitches and holding the yarn in back on a purl row.  There ARE NO PURL ROWS in the round when knitting stocking stitch.  OK, so that was an easy fix. I just knit, shift the yarn to the front, slip the stitches, then shift the yarn to the back again.  But what WAS a problem was the repeat. 10 + 7 so AT LEAST 17 stitches.  on 6 mm needles, that would be far too massive for most wristlets, unless you knit super tight!  Plus knitting in the round?  Those tricky intersections for DPNS.  You need at LEAST 2 stitches between so you can snug them up and no ladders.  And the alternating butterflies?  You can’t have any butterfly cross an intersection. And I didn’t want to do a partial thumb, just leave a gap for a thumb-hole.

It took me two days to work out all the fine points.  This is my cheat sheet for casting on 38 stitches, 19 stitches on each side of a circular, using the Magic Loop.
Single Butterfly Group

Wings = Bring yarn to front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, Bring yarn to the back leaving strand of yarn loosely across the 5 slipped stitches

Round 1  Knit
Round 2  K7   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K7
Round 3  Knit
Round 4  K7   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K7
Round 5  Knit
Round 6  K7   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K7

Gather = slip the right needle tip under the three strands, up to stitch on needle.  Knit this stitch, pulling the completed stitch down thru the strand and dropping the back of that stitch off the left needle to complete

Round 7  K9 GATHER K9
Round 8  Knit
Double Butterfly Group

Wings = *Bring yarn to front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, Bring yarn to the back leaving strand of yarn loosely across the 5 slipped stitches, Knit 5*) REPEAT * to * ONCE

Gather =  slip the right needle tip under the three strands, up to stitch on needle.  Knit this stitch, pulling the completed stitch down thru the strand and dropping the back of that stitch off the left needle to complete

Round 9  K2   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K5   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K2
Round 10 Knit
Round 11 K2   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K5   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K2
Round 12 Knit
Round 13 K2   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K5   BUTTERFLY WINGS   K2
Round 15 Knit

Round 16 K4  GATHER  K9  GATHER  K4

Of course at the point where I switch from rounds to back and forth rows (to create the thumb-hole)  means changing all that for the stranding at the back of a purl row (like shown in the video).

It made my head hurt. I’ve said it before, I am NOT a natural knitter.  Every stitch is like a battle sometimes LOL!

I’ll probably write it up as a pattern as I knit wristlet two, cause I do NOT want to forget how I did it. I didn’t try to do two at once – I just had to work it all out first.   I think it turned out really cute.  And see the colour changes?  Love it. I will totally go back for more colour options of this stuff.  They also have smaller balls of 100g in lots more colours.  It IS acrylic, but so soft and lovely I don’t even mind.

7mywristlet

As usual, it really does look better IRL!

One down, one to go…

 

{sigh}

Oh and just to mention:

wristlet
fingerless gloves
fingerless mitts
texting gloves
texting mitts

how many OTHER names are there for these?

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