For mitten number 5, Annie thought she’d try a little experiment. When knitting her mini mittens, she used a 2.25 mm needle and Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight yarn, which is a fingering weight. This gave her a gauge of 34 stitches over 4 inches, or 8.5 stitches per inch. Plus an adorable mitten that is approx. 2.71 inches wide.
She decided to try a thicker yarn. She switched out the 2 Ply Jumper Weight and knitted a mitten with DROPS Nepal using the same stitch count as the small mitten. Since it’s a significantly thicker yarn, she had to use bigger needles as well. Using a 3.75mm needle, she got a gauge of 24 stitches over 4 inches, or 6 stitches per inch. Her mitten measured approx. 3.83 inches across. This is actually a pretty suitable child sized mitten! Her next experiment is going to be going up another needle size to see if this will yield an adult sized mitten. So there you have an example of how much difference a change in gauge, yarn thickness or needle size can make (and why gauge is so very, very important.) If you’d like to read more about gauge, Vogue Knitting has a great article here.
But wait… there’s more! In the excitement of conducting her mitten experiment, Annie made a slight error. She missed an entire row of the colourwork chart and didn’t notice until the mitten was finished. We’ve all been there, and usually it’s time to panic, but she realised that she had a solution. Duplicate stitch to the rescue! She was able to correct her boo boo by duplicate stitching the missing row WITHOUT having to rip out her mitten! You can check out how to knit the duplicate stitch here. It’s a great little technique to have in your knitting arsenal.
Duplicate stitch saves the day!
Same mitten, different sizes!