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Charm Mitts KAL: Arrrgh!

My euphoria at being a few rows away from binding off my second Charm Mitt quickly turned to despair when I realized I’d worked two right hand mitts.

Are two right mitts as bad as two left feet?

Are two right mitts as bad as two left feet?

The one on the left is folded so you can see what the finished mitt will look like.

Aren’t they beautiful, if they were, you know, a pair?

I had spent most of Saturday working on them in between doing chores. Then when I saw how close I was to being finished I decided to stay up late and push through.

Just as I was supposed to change to Grace Hand Beaded for the trim, I checked the pattern and realized my error.

A tear might have been dabbed away on the pretty Grace Hand Dyed fabric, then I went to bed angry.

See, the left hand mitt is worked the same as the right hand mitt through the top of the cabled cuff. But I never marked that part in the pattern to remind myself to stay alert when it came around again.

This would also been a good argument for working them two at a time on a long cable needle. I would have noticed right away that the lace was in the same position on both.

Lifeline To the Rescue

A lifeline is usually a good idea.

A lifeline is usually a good idea.

(The blue and green colors in the first picture are more accurate than this purple and green close up. While the rain ever stop?!)

If you are an experienced glove and mitten knitter, you have probably made this same mistake. If you are a beginner knitter, take joy in the fact that some errors transcend experience.

There was nothing to do but rip back and reknit.

Rather than just pull out the needle and leave things to chance, I decided to place a lifeline at the top of the cuff for security.

In this case, I used a piece of scrap yarn and a darning needle to pick up the right hand leg of every stitch on my target row. If you aim for the right hand leg then your stitches will be seated properly when you put them back on the knitting needle.

Instead of scrap yarn, you can also use a knitting needle several sizes smaller than the needles you are using to knit. The advantage of using a smaller needle is it makes it easier to transfer the stitches back to your working needle when the time comes.

However, I went the darning needle route because I wanted to be able to manipulate the fabric to get around the lace stitches.

Coincidentally, WEBS just had a blog post about this process. They’re pictures are of using a knitting needle instead.


Avert your eyes if you are sensative!

Avert your eyes if you are sensitive!

With the scrap yarn in place I was able to rip with abandon. In case you’re wondering, this process is called “frogging” because you “rip it, rip it”.

I had to pick out one more row to get to where I needed to be, but at least I didn’t have to fuss with picking up running stitches.

I’m back on track and ready to knit a proper left hand mitt! Luckily the knit along doesn’t end until June 30 so I have plenty of time to finish.

I hope you’re weekend knitting and crocheting has been going more smoothly!


  1. Lisette Davis

    June 21, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this…I’m sure you’ve saved several of us in the Charm Knit-Along now from making the same mistake. It’s so easy to get on a roll when knitting a project like this!

  2. KnittingFever

    June 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    If someone can learn from my mistake then it was worth it!

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