Another mitten for the Mini-Mitten Garland is completed and this one gave me some problems. Stranding a dark color, in this case the red, under a light color means that some of the dark shade will show through, particularly where the strands are caught. Mine was showing much more than I was comfortable with, so I needed to fix it as best as I could. I had hoped that blocking would help, but it wasn't enough.
I was thinking about solutions --
- Skip this mitten and create a new one of my own: I liked the design and wanted to stay with the patterns of the knitalong, so this was a "no".
- Redo the mitten in a dark color as the background: a good solution, but a white mitten would add some brightness to the collection. I wanted to stick with the white background if at all possible.
- Redo the angel section, working it in intarsia in the round: I've never learned intarsia in the round (it's definitely on my must-learn list) and I wanted to keep going with this project. If I set it aside for a while as I learned a new technique I would run the danger of not picking it up again for many months.
- Redo the angel section, leaving the side open and working back and forth: this is what I was planning to do until someone on Ravelry said something that made a lot of sense - and it was a simple solution. She said, "Why catch your strands? It's not like anyone is going to wear this mitten." Well, yeah, that's true, and that's what I did.
I got out my scissors and cut off the angel section, picked up the live stitches and reknit. There is no catching of strands on the red/white section. You don't want to look inside the mitten, however. I tend to be a little particular on making the inside of a project as neat as the outside, but I need to get over it in this case. I'm just not looking inside!
Now I've started Mitten #7 and moving right along. There are no long floats on this one, and the colors are dark anyway. After this one I'll have just 17 to complete before December 1st, 2016.