Muhu and Fair Isle mashup. Wooden needles used to prevent a tight knit.
I normally knit small projects with steel needles. Tension is generally tight and I have to make a conscious effort with fingers not to work too tight. With the current project using three colours in some rows tension is likely to be even more of an issue. It seems a problem easily sorted – replace steel with wood. Why? Probably scared of breaking the needles. Also, actually using six instead of five needles seems to help.
The current project is a bit of a Muhu mashup. I have taken the cuff idea from Nancy Bushs’ Muhu Gloves . Keeping the proportions and braid arrangement the same I have just changed the pattern in the central band with a floral motif.
Raised or lifted increases work well shaping the thumb gusset
The hand patterning takes the pinwheel pattern used on a previous project, reduces their size adds a well placed purl and hey presto a violet is created. The motif is an opportunity to use up tiny amounts of scrap yarn and the whole design is tied together with a neutral background and some green striped trellis.
It has not been plain sailing however. I normally favour a recessed purl to delineate the thumb gusset and increase using make 1 right/left. Due to constantly changing colours this did not work. The solution was to change the increase method and oh my – perfection. Two excellent videos from New Stitch a Day, namely Left Loop Increase and Right Loop Increase explain the mechanics.
A few well placed twisted stitches to tame tails and disguise the jog
Then there were a few issues with pattern placement at the base of the thumb gusset, easily sorted with salt and pepper. The biggest issue has come from the making the round join look and feel acceptable. Carrying unused yarns and weaving yarns about this area have produced some very shoddy samples. Presently I am crossing the green stripe stitches at the join and this is sufficient to catch the background yarn not in use. I think what might be best is to make a feature of the jogging and reposition the violets so that they fade into salt and pepper about the round join.
A final word about yarn dominanace. An excellent post by Paper Tiger explains all this. To emphasise the flowers the brightly coloured yarns are the dominant yarns.