Saturday, January 15, 2011
Chrysanthemums in Knitty!
The Winter 2011 Knitty went up today, and lo and behold, there amongst the beautiful socks and sweaters and hats and other patterns-- my Chrysanthemums!
I designed these mittens to echo the flower patterns seen frequently these days in home decor and fashion, with a cuff that suggests the lacy, pleated sleeves of Victorian blouses. Charting the blossom petals to get everything just right was definitely the most difficult aspect, but I think the end result captured the look I had first imagined. I wanted a more delicate, less geometric design than many of my other patterns-- something that would look forward to spring even in the midst of a harsh Canadian winter. The Louet Gems was a nice fingering weight to work with, adding the rusticity of a traditional mitten yarn but with a very smooth ply.
The mittens did not get off to an auspicious start, however. When I was knitting the first test pair for Knitty's Deep Fall submission deadline, I managed to commit a classic mitten-newcomer mistake. After all the mittens I've made, you would think I would be smart enough to avoid it. But no. No. You see, it was the night before the submission deadline, and I was racing desperately to finish the mittens and block them in preparation for photos the next day. I put the left hand on, and then the right... except... something's wrong...
Oh. Dear. God. I knit two left hands. With no time to spare, I had two left hand mittens. TWO. LEFT. HANDS.
Some creative photography, tears, and a few bottles of anxiety pills later, and I submitted the pattern to Knitty for consideration. While it didn't fit their look for Deep Fall, they sent me the lovely Louet Gems yarn (in cream and pewter) to knit a new pair for the Winter 2011 issue. This time I knit a left hand AND right hand. I think I rechecked that chart about 43 times. The rest is Knitty history!
You can access the pattern for free at Knitty.com by clicking here. If you have any questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at Ravelry or via email at hedda (dot) knits (at) gmail (dot) com.
Special thanks to my good friend Melissa Flynn, who assisted with photography!