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18 December 2011

Jogging

Ha! Not me. Nope. My yarn. Specifically, I had an email from someone who is knitting mittens with a braid and found my Latvian mittens...

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...or what there is of them. Almost five years old, they are, and still in need of thumbs -- surprisingly, that is all!

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The emailer was asking specifically about jogs -- a jog in the braid, a jog where the colors changed -- and mentioned that she had a hard time finding photos that were not showing a mitten at any angle other than from the flat -- back or palm.

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When you're knitting in the round, you're going to have a jog. The jog becomes more apparent with anything that stripes -- color or pattern. There are many ways of minimizing the color/pattern jog by technique (type "jogless stripes" into Google) or by placement. For in-depth discussion of technique, I recommend:

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My method of handling the braid here seems to be simply to do my best. The area of the "join" is placed on the inside of the wrist, below the thumb, on each mitten -- a spot less visible in the wild than any other. It looks like I may have employed some method of jogless knitting in the border area above the braid, but the remainder of the mitten is knit with a few stitches of solid color at each side of the hand which serves as a border and makes it less apparent that the color and pattern don't exactly match up.

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I never finished these mittens because they're too small for me. They're also slightly two different sizes, as I ever-so-slightly loosened my death grip on the needles as I progressed. They'd fit Katie perfectly, and I think I shall finish them for her. She wore my North Star Mittens for quite a few years, even internationally, before they went missing late last year. She didn't tell me for the longest time, hoping they'd turn up. I am saddened by their loss, of course, but also happy that she loved, wore, and appreciated them for so long. I hope they still are -- worn, at least -- by someone!

 

Comments

Thanks for the links, Vicki. Those mittens are beautiful.

Nice reminder of when we "Knit Like a Latvian"! Was it really that long ago? At least you know the mittens will go worn and loved, which is all you can ask of a hand knit item. The lost mittens are surly as loved by someone new.
Finish the mittens already, grrl! They're too lovely to leave undone!

How is it that we can do all that work on a mitten and then not finish them because we don't want to knit the thumbs? I ask because I do the exact same thing!

Those mittens are lovely! Both pair. I think I know what I will be knitting come January.

Vicki, you MUST finish these! They are gorgeous, really really gorgeous.

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