In Which the Pirate Will Have to Start (Mostly) Over.
Some time ago I started designing a pair of flip-top mittens to match the Moorefield Hat. Instead of knitting the glove first and then picking up stitches along the back of my hand for the mitten top, as I’ve done for all the Fleeps I’ve made, the plan for these was to knit the mittens first, including a strand of waste yarn across the palm, so that the colourwork could continue uninterrupted on the back of the hand. Once the mittens were done, I’d pull out the waste yarn and have flippy-open mitten tops, and I’d pick up stitches to knit the inside gloves.
I got as far as knitting the whole mitten, with the thumb stitches held for later, and pulled out the waste yarn to work on the inner gloves, and… well… there were some issues.
First, the whole thing isn’t wide enough to accommodate a glove underneath – or, for that matter, my fingers – at least not if I want to have room to wiggle them around. Second, and relatedly, the thumb opening isn’t big enough or high enough. Third, the opening for the mitten top is about five rows too low… and fourth, I’m not at all sure that I have enough of the white yarn left over to make a pair of mittens the way I’ve got it charted out. (Fifth, unimportantly, I really don’t like that braided bind-off. I won’t try that again.)
So I’ve ripped back to the cuff, which fits just fine, and I’m going to try again to make flip-top gloves – fingerless this time, I think – that match the Moorefield Hat. It’ll have to be bigger all around, for sure. Maybe just going up a needle size would be enough… it will be an adventure, either way!