Broad Street Mittens: A Story of Swearing

Good lord, I'm finally finished with my little, modified pair of convertible mittens based on Knitty's Broad Street Mitten pattern. Let me tell you, sisters and brothers, this was not an easy process. A recap:

(1) Knit L hand mitten according to Broad Street pattern, up to middle of flap. Realize how huge mitten is. Say #%@*!!!. Set aside, restarting a new pair with second skein of yarn.

(2) Begin L hand mitten again, according to modified Broad Street pattern, 8 stitches smaller, up to top of flap, again modified to decrease differently and create a flat flap. Realize tip is too pointy. Say $#%@!!!

(3) Frog top 1/2 of flat. Redo. Finish L hand mitten.

(4) Begin R hand mitten. Get all the way to the fingers before realizing I'm knitting another L hand mitten. Say $#%@ AND #$@&!!!! Frog R hand mitten to wrist.

(5) Redo to 1/2way up flap. Realize flap is being knitted on wrong side of hand. Frog flap entirely. Grumble ^%$*!!!!

(6) Redo flap. Discover another way of decreasing preferred to L hand mitten, meaning L hand flap will have to be redone. Yell %#*@*!!! Finish R hand mitten.

(7) Frog top of L hand flap. Redo. Cast off. Take both mittens, hurling them against wall. Damn, that felt good.

Pictures, I hope, later in the week, just in time for our first above-60-degree day.

UPDATE: An hour after I wrote this post, I decided to frog the R hand mitten again. It actually looks as though I may have put the thumb in the wrong place. I'd say this is all about 80% my own inattentiveness and ineptitude, but a good 20% is, I think, owing to the absence of a pattern for the right hand mitten on Knitty. Let that be a lesson to one of us (me or Knitty, that is).

Posted by jess at April 4, 2005 8:50 PM

I noticed the pattern for those mittens a while back from Knitty. Wow. I admire your courage. To put it lightly, those mittens look like a biatch to knit.

I have faith in you, Jess. You can do it, yay!

Posted by: Sandra at April 4, 2005 9:18 PM

Ok, this is hilarious and I am apologizing to you right now for laughing my a$$ off. You are too much! I am sorry about the mittens, but thank you for the laughs!

Posted by: knitkatgirl at April 4, 2005 10:26 PM

i, too, am sorry about the frustrating experience... but thank you for a good chuckle. we've all been there!

Posted by: semaphoria at April 5, 2005 7:04 PM

Sorry for the stress, but it did make for a great story! LOL I'm sure they will look great, and I'm anxious to see the pics!

Posted by: heidi at April 6, 2005 1:40 PM

Broadstreet was a nightmare for me! They were gigantic, so I tried to shrink them. They then fell apart in the washing machine. I tried to use the yarn to knit gloves only to find a dropped stitch after I finished the first one. Now they're hiding in a closet.

Posted by: Lisa at April 6, 2005 6:31 PM

Oh my god, it's like you were there when I was knitting my first pair of mittens. Who knew there was a right and a left? Or that I should try them on mid-knit to make sure the thumb hole was in the right place? I've been wanting a pair of glittens, but have been too chicken to try--and I think I'll stay that way, thanks.

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Posted by: mortgage refinance at July 8, 2005 2:22 PM

did you perchance write up instructions for the "make a second mitten for the right hand, reversing the directions". My head is swimming after numerous attempts at "reversing directions". I really like the thumb gusset on the left hand...but I may have to find someone with one hand since I may never get a right hand mitten made. And yes I found the mitten quite large also.
thanks for any assistance.

Posted by: marilyn Zionic at August 10, 2006 11:53 AM

sigh. i'm going to start these tomorrow, modified a bit for myself. these will be my first pair of gloves, so i would have liked a bit more instruction than "make a second mitten for the right hand, reversing the directions". cause, like, i don't get it. and your experience isn't making me any more confident!

Posted by: sarah at December 28, 2006 10:20 PM

You said that you might post the revised pattern when you Ha-ha!
They are so pretty!!

Posted by: Barbara at January 8, 2009 4:08 PM
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