These are the completed Lettuce Knit Armwarmers designed by Grace Alexander knit in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca in a beautiful dark green colorway.  On the whole I am happy with them.  They are long – extending to the elbow.

The pattern remains wide at the wrist which can result in a bump at the wristbone that can bulge so you have to pull it up all the way to address it.  Further, the pattern uses a reversed stockinette stitch along the underside of the arm but throws in a row of knit to mark where the thumb gusset comes in, which I found unnecessary and would not include if I made these again.  It creates a line which, due to the way the arm naturally twists in a greater rotation at the wrist than the elbow, makes it look like the armwarmer is twisted around the arm when you turn your hand over.

It is easy enough to count to the stitch where you would insert your place markers and then knit the thumb. 

While the pattern is simple to learn and remember, knitting a k4tog (knit four stitches together) is just miserable if you maintain any type of tension in your knitting – and you have to do it twice (one is a k4tbl) every fourth row for your pattern.  While I realize that it is necessary to the pattern, it just took away from the fun of making these armwarmers. 

But they are finished and in the Xmas stash box.  That made room for me to start the Cafe Au Lait fingerless mitts which I am making to match Mary’s chemo hat.   That project finally got its own basket.

Another mini accomplishment (though it was huge in overall learning experience) is the completion of the first Java sock.

The yarn would have worked better in a straight stockinette stitch sock but I still like the striping.  The heel flap looks a little bumped out but when Chip put it on it was not noticeable and he says it feels great. 

So my project table is down to Chip’s sweater, my Prudence vest, Elaine’s Imagine Sweater, the Filigree gauntlets, the second Java sock, the illusion scarf and the cafe au lait mitts. 

I better get to work.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to Accomplishment

  1. danielle says:

    Ha! I love how each project has its own little basket! The wristwarmers look great, but you’re right, that looks weird when you turn your hand. I’m so proud of your sock. The next one will go much faster. And I have found that for socks, I go twice as fast using the aluminum needles. I wish I had tried them before now.

    • I am getting the aluminum needles to do Mia’s socks – probably picking them up today. I have an empty basket.(grin) But needle shopping usually means a skein of Eco Duo somehow finds it way into the bag too.Needles – addictions – all kinda goes together.

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