The Knitted Frau

Adventures in knitting, and other things too.

Fair Isle Oak Mittens DONE!

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Hello again! I just took my oak leaf mittens off the needles, and I could not be happier! Here is the result:

fair isle mittens, mid-blocking

The palm side of my fair isle mittens, mid-blocking

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The back of the hand.

It is amazing what blocking can do. I’ve actually never blocked a thing… I just never felt the need. But now that I am doing so much fair isle, I thought I would try it out. The mittens were so puckered and slightly uneven, I figured I had to in this case. And holy cow, all those people who told me I really should take the time were correct.

I had actually blocked the first mitten as soon as I was done so I could see the second one side-by-side. The difference is amazing. Here they are next to each other:

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Blocked and unblocked mittens.

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Isn’t blocking AMAZING?!

If any of you ever have any question of whether or not you should block you project after it comes off the needles, DO IT. It is so easy and so worth it. The fabric becomes a cohesive, professional-looking fabric in 4 small steps. Get it wet, press out the water, shape & let dry. Glorious.

Anyhow, these will be the first item available in my upcoming Etsy shop. Now just 7 more things to knit before I can open it… I’m hoping to be up and running in the beginning of February. I am getting more ideas daily for products. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

Cheers!

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