Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dwarven Gear #3 Ori Mitts

I know you are totally distracted by Ori's sweater and you THINK his mitts are garter stitch, but they are not. We are still arguing over Twisted Rib vs Half Twisted Rib or Rick Rack.
My money is on a modified RickRack. Rick Rack ribbing? But let's be clear on one thing: not garter stitch.

Look at the puffy hands! Heehee, I love the way they make these actors actually become dwarves!
My only regret is Thorin wasn't wearing knitting so we could stare at Richard Armitage. You know he is awesome when 3 generations of women in one family sigh when he comes on screen.

Back to Ori. He really has the most textural knitting in his costume. Some day I aspire to knit for Anne Maskrey. Really just beautiful!

How to knit Ori's Mitts
US 10
Knit Picks City Tweed held double

These are a bit harder than the first 2 sets of Dwarven Mitts.
Cast on 40[46,52] stitches. 
Row 1 (right side): P1, *skip first stitch, knit in back loop of second stitch (leaving stitch on left needle), knit in front of first stitch (remove both stitches off of left needle), p1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): K1, *purl into second stitch (leave stitch on left needle), purl into first stitch (remove both stitches off of left needle), k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 9", ending having knit Row 2.
Bind off with right side row facing in [p1, k2] pattern. Seam leaving a hole for your thumb.

Dwarven Gear #2 Bombur Mitts

This year with the book knitting and magazine knitting,, there is really no time for holiday knitting for 6 kids, a husband, dad, mom, 2 brother and a sister. (Do  not even mention my aunt's annual socks.)

But easy knits from The Hobbit movie? this I can do!
I took a note pad to sketch Ori's sweater. OK. Sketching in the dark looks really lame and stupid once it is in day light. BUT i know which yarns to use to replicate it: Indigo Dragonfly SilkMerino in RiverSong and the UNREALESED sekrit book colourway. or the firelfy gold colourway Kim has.

So back to easy knits:
These are linen stitch with a patch of seed stitch sewn on.
With most of their costumes, they are supposed to "BULK" up the dwarven actors.

Being semi-normal humans, we don't need the bulk.

I used knitpicks tweed in Charcoal 2 balls, held double. ( I LOVE THE WAY THIS YARN FEELS)

US 10

Cast On 42 [48] sts (small- CO 36)

Knit in Linen Stitch for 7.5 [8, 9] inches as follows:
Row 1: [K1, wyif, S1 purlwise, yb] repeat across, end k2
Row 2: [P1, wyib, S1 purlwise, yarn forward] repeat across, end p2
Essentially the stitches you slip on one row will be the stitches you knit or purl on the following row. (think tricky seed stitch). This fabric will not be stretchy.

Bind off and seam side closed leaving a hole for thumb. If you have the time and are feeling fancy you can knit these in the round and even add a thumb gusset. BUT come on, we are running out of holiday knitting time! They are designed to bee loose like Bombur's. For a tighter fit, work until it folds around your arm, just becareful as there is VERY little stretch.

wyif-with yarn in front
wyib-with yarn behind
yb/yf yarn behind/forward NOT to be confused with the british term Yarn Forward which is an american yarn over. Essentially return the yarn to a normal position for working the next stitch.

Seed Stitch Patch
Bulky Yarn
US 13

CO 4-6 sts depending on the width of your own hand. (2.5 sts per inch)
Row1: [K1,p1] across. Row 2: [P1,k1] across.
Knit 8-12 rows (depending on hand size), Bind off in pattern.
Attach to back of mitt.

Obviously you should make 2 of these for a pair of hands.

Dwarven Gear #1 Bofur Mitts

My son's birthday is December 14th. Rather than focus on this new day infamy, we celebrated life.
Jaden was born after my first miscarriage. He was the child I desperately needed in my arms. Everyone commented on how they had never been HUGGED by so young a baby. He still is the first to notice if I am upset and need a hug. This was his first year IN school. It has been wonderful for him and yet such agony for me. Everyday he makes me laugh. He is now 13, but still so desperately my "baby". (I am sure he hates that I wrote that!)

No matter what, after a year of planning, we took him and all the family to see The Hobbit Movie.
The first LOTR movie he came with me as well, though that meant I bought a ticket and stood in a hallway with a fussy baby for 3 hrs. I did threaten Jaden to not do that through this year's movie!

The Hobbit movie is fraught with knitwear! Ori's knitted sweater and hooded c owl. the dwarven mitts and gloves, the scarves. and yak hair wigs! This movie is a fiber addict's dream.

OFCOURSE we have to recreate them! Alot of them are super easy knits. A beginner can easily recreate quite a few, and quick knits because of the bulkier yarn.

Easy so Free Pattern for Bofur's Mitts
In the movie Bofur has grey mitts, but I used what I had on hand.

Bulky yarn

Cast on 24 sts
Work in Seed stitch Row1: [K1,p1] across. Row 2: [P1,k1] across.
Repeat Row 1 and 2 for 32 rows.
Bind off and seam edge leaving a hole for the thumb.

Easy and Quick. 1 pair from 100g (1skein) and maybe 1 hr of knitting.
Birthday Mitts for Jaden
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