I don’t know how you do it, but when I am knitting mittens from a pattern I don’t swatch, I just start knitting the first few rows and then I try it on. If it fits around I keep going, if it doesn’t I start again. I figure it takes about the same time (or even less) than a swatch and is way more accurate since it’s the actual project.
So I finally started a pair from Latvian Mittens, and I cast on the amount of stitches for the chart with some appropriate sized needles. This book has a few patterns with proper instructions and then a whole lot of charts for you to interpret however. It’s pretty great because once you’ve knitted a stranded project or two you can more or less knit any of them with just a chart. Without pesky instructions to hold you back there can be a whole lot more charted patterns.
So anyways. I cast on with some 4ply fingering weight and US1 needles and they were at least 10 inches around. I debated editing the chart and trimming down the stitch count but I really liked it as a whole, and as you can see there is some asymmetrical stuff going on in the second cuff band. So I brought out the Malabrigo Lace and some tiny (US00) needles. And the width is perfect and they are the softest ever, albeit not particularly practical for a cold prairie winter. I feel a little crazy working on this project, but they are so pretty. I keep stopping to admire them and try them on and they just feel so nice when worn. I just finished the cuff and am starting on the body. I will have to take a picture of the inside too because it is the prettiest inside of any stranded project I have ever worked on.
I know, you’re thinking “Lace weight mittens? She must have lost it!” But I like insanely detailed projects because they let my brain take a little vacation while I focus. I do worry about what might happen to my eyes though…