Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bead Along Update - Oh, We're Halfway There


I finished the first glove for the Bead Along over the weekend between cars, trains, and subways.  I'm not really happy with how it turned out... I like it, but it's not wearable for me.  The first reason is the knuckles - it doesn't cover mine!

A few other irks and grumbles I have about this pattern.


1.  It doesn't cover my knuckles!! I don't know why, but this bugs me so much!
2.  It's a bit confusing after the thumb.  I assumed that it wants you to start the ribbing, but I could be wrong.  I just did what the pattern said so I could blame someone else when I didn't like how it turned out.
3.  The yardage is off.  Never, never, in a hundred million years will this pattern use 200 yards of yarn.  I haven't measured, but I'm willing to bet money on this. That's just a pet peeve of mine.

I keep finding reasons to grumble about this pattern, but honestly, I'm just mad at myself for spending $4.99 on this. $4.99 for Fingerless mitts? I thought surely I would be getting some sort of amazing, quality pattern that would change the way I feel about making fingerless gloves. That was not the case at all - I've learned my lesson, that's for sure.   Eventually, I'll get over it - eventually!

And to top it all off, I found a ladder.


There you have it, honest to goodness proof that I am not perfect.  I've never had a ladder happen when knitting before! After using DPN's for ... almost 5 years, now that I think about it.  I'm wondering if I can fix it by tightening every little stitch by hand?

Anyway, at some point this week I'll find the rest of my beads and get ready for the second round of this pattern.  They really are pretty - but, I think I'm going to pawn this pair off on someone as a present and make my own pair, making a few mods to make it more "me."


Anyway, if you're interested consider joining the Summer 2011 Bead Along! I was nervous about beading at first, but it really is easier than it looks. Check out other Bead Along Posts here!


  1. You are doing an amazing job....ladder shmadder!

  2. They ARE pretty, but they do look a little short for you. Could you add rows before starting the thumb gusset?

  3. They are very pretty. You could frog the ribbing (it's not that long) and continue in pattern until you like the look of them on your hand.
    I love fingerless mitts and wrist warmer, but I am with you about the length.
    If you make them longer, you will also use more yarn, since you have plenty.

    About the ladder, I have the same problem with ribbing unless I do this: make sure each needle starts with a knit stitch and ends with a purl stitch. That seems to fix the problem for me. I think it has to do with the way the yarn between stitches gets tensioned where the needles meet.

    I hope you invest the time in a little frogging so you can wear your beautiful fingerless mitts. :)

  4. I do agree with you about them being short. I like them to cover my knuckles too.

    The yarn for my sock was Patons Kroy Socks Stripes in colourway Mulberry, if you wanted to know.

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  6. They are beautiful. I think you could make a few mods and they'd be great! I find a lot of patterns list the yardage for the yarn they used (like you only need one skein, but that skein is 200 yds - you might only use 50 yds, but the pattern lists 200), not necessarily the yardage for the project.

  7. Those are beautiful---but I hope you do find someone who'll love them as-they-are and make yourself a second pair that's more "you." What's handmaking for if not making the exact thing you want? (It would annoy the hell out of me to have fingerless mitts not cover my knuckles, too. I made up a pair during the winter using super-chunky yarn, and it took a lot of trial and error to get them exactly the length I wanted over my knuckles.)


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