Take 3: My First Colorwork Project

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve been avoiding colorwork for over two years and now that I’ve finally gathered the courage and settled on a project, it’s not going all that well. But I’m not going to give up, because I hate giving up and I really, really want to wear the North Star Flip-Top Mittens.

colorwork mittens

Thus far, I’ve knit one and a half left mittens. Both of which are unusable, and unfortunately, the yarn is also a loss because of the color brakes. (Thank goodness I have extra yarn.) The issue is my colorwork gauge is just too tight. And as the second attempt has shown, I am seemingly incapable of relaxing my floats (even after moving up a needle size)!

But these mittens are calling my name! The Art Deco-inspired starburst pattern is beautiful and unique. The versatility of convertible mitts is very appealing for an on-the-go knitter like myself. And even with my errors, I’m really enjoying working on them!

I also don’t like the idea of abandoning projects and (knock on wood) have yet to do so. But I hear about a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) from my coworkers and so I’d like to share my process for when I get utterly stuck. I work my way through the following steps.

1. Complain to my boyfriend to remove the negative energy from the project.
2. Read-up on the technique on the Interweave Blog.
3. Work on another project for a couple of days.
4. Ask a friend or coworker how they work said technique.
5. Come up with a new strategy and approach.
6. Give it another go.

My plan is to knit the next mitten one size larger, making my tight colorwork gauge work to even out the fit. I’ll let you know how it goes, fingers crossed I don’t end up with three left mittens.

What are you working on this fall? Let us know in the comments and check out Interweave Knits Gifts 2018 for some inspiration!


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