One basket weave mitten (but no thumb) and the first Haruha
The first basket weave mitten has hit the top-of-the-mitten finishing line! This mitten is finished with a top that one see quite often on older pictures. Instead of decreasing the top until there are only eight stitches left I stopped the decreases when there were sixteen stitches left. I put together a small demonstration of how to finish a mitten this way.
|The last stitches are still on the needles.|
|The stitches have been moved to safety pins.|
|The mittens has been turned inside out and the safety pins moved to the wrong side of the mitten. Here have the stitches already been moved to needles again.|
|The top stitches have been bind off with a three-needle-bind off. The mitten has been turned with the right side out again.|
This way to finish the mitten gives you a slightly broader top, with fewer decreases. If a broader mitten is the goal, then this is a perfect top, with more than sixteen stitches at the end. My daughter's hand is very small and in no way in need of this finishing, but since it was the one Eeva Haavisto has drawn her pattern for, I decided to go for it anyway. The result is very much like what you would have got if you hade grafted the stitches together. I followed the directions given in Mary Olki’s book Kirjokintaita ja muita kansanomaisia neuletöitä for how to do this traditional finishing.
The ribbing of the second mitten is already started. And as my commuter knitting has the Haruha wrist warmers worked perfectly. The yarn I got from my Secret Pal is perfect for this project, and the wrist warmer has a fit like a glove. The pattern is very easy to follow, I warmly recommend it!