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ladybug mittens

pattern: my own (see below)

yarn: patons classic merino

needles: susan bates us 4 dpns

finished: january 11, 2008

notes: isa demanded I make her some ladybug mittens the other night. she was watching me knit dashing (from knitty - for myself) and said she wanted some mittens of her own. ones shaped like ladybugs. so I whipped these up through a tiny bit of trial and error. quick and easy, for the most part.

 

how I made them (the dirty quickie version), in case anyone out there is interested:

 

gauge: 20 st x 28 r over 4” using us4 dpns in st st

 

co 30, join in the round, begin k1p1 ribbing (2 rounds black, 2 rounds red) twice, for a total of 8 rounds

 

continuing with red, k 1 round

 

first increase round: pm, m1r, k1, m1l, pm, k to end next round (and every other until there are 11 st between the markers)

 

every other row: k all sts

 

following increase rounds (every other round): sl first marker, m1r, k to second marker, m1l (until there are 11 st between markers)

 

end with an increase round at the beginning of the next round, place the first 12 st onto waste yarn, removing the markers as you go

 

k one round and rejoin in the round continue until you’re about 1.5” from how long you want the mitten to be

 

switch to black k 2 rounds decrease round: (k4, k2tog) to end k 2 rounds (k3, k2tog) to end k 1 round (k2, k2tog) to end k1 round (k1, k2tog) to end, 10 st remain break yarn and draw thru remaining sts, pull tight and fasten

 

pick up 12 thumb sts using dpns k around until thumb measures 1.5” (or however long you want it to be) k2tog to end, 6 sts remain break yarn and draw thru remaining sts, pull tight and fasten

 

the line and spots were all stitched by hand afterwards. you can use the photo here as a guide or put them wherever you’d like

 

the original plan was also to do a couple short crochet chains and fasten them on as antennae, but that idea was quickly shot down by the dictator. and since she’s the one who demanded them (and will be wearing them), I didn’t bother making them. (I still think they’d make it really cute!) she has demanded button eyes, though… so those will probably be added soon

 

hope that all makes sense! :)

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Taken on January 12, 2008