The pattern notes indicated that these mitts are challenging and I thought I was up to the task. Well, sometime last spring I lost my knitting mojo and allowed them to languish in my knitting basket for months and months.
And when I picked them up again, I forgot about how to hold the dominant yarn vs background yarn.
The dominant yarn color goes under the background yarn color where as the receding (background) yarn color goes over. It doesn’t seem like it would be that important but it is. Very.
The longer strand of yarn is the one under the shorter upper yarn which makes the longer yarn stand out more. The shorter upper yarn pushes the longer strand out.
You can see here that the purl stitches recede in the lower section but are more prominent in the upper section where I reversed the dominant and receding yarns. For a better explanation visit these sites: Knitting Daily, Paper Tiger, and Ysolda Teague.
On the front side the circles and spirals appeared smaller in the last sections. This was all due to yarn dominance.
(Oops! I misspelled spiral.)
Then I screwed up the Bavarian twisted stitch.
The mitts were still huge and I just wasn’t having any fun knitting them anymore. What do you do about a unfun project? Let it hibernate, rip it out, continue with the drudgery or throw it away?
Good-bye Shaadi Mitts. Maybe another time.