At the end of most projects, I am left with a small ball of yarn. Sometimes there’s enough left to be seriously useful. Other times, it’s hard to tell. That’s why I was intrigued by the Knitspot pattern Plain Jhaynes, part of a generous birthday present from KnittingKittens. Anne Hanson wrote the pattern for some light fingerless mitts made from a tiny bit of laceweight yarn. I saw major possibilities for using up the remnants left from all of those shawls.
But first, I’d need to see just how
much little yarn I needed to make a pair. I had 41 grams of Spirit Trail Fiberworks Nona in
Seaweed from making the Phoenix Rising shawl. Conveniently, it was already divided into two pretty-much equal balls. I would have been comfortable working from both ends of the same yarn cake if that were not the case. As you can see, I worked them up two-at-a-time on a US 1 circular using the magic loop method, as I do anytime I am making “two of a kind.”
Of course, not being content to leave well enough alone, I couldn’t really leave them to be “plain.” Since there were extra beads from the shawl, I wanted to use those, too. I decided to apply them to the pattern after each of the “crossed” stitches was worked.
Then Owl’s little disaster struck and every subsequent piece of knitting I picked up went to hell for weeks.
Harrumph. Lest you think me a human knitting machine, somehow, I simultaneously picked up an errant stitch on one side of the left mitt, then on the right one I made the beaded pattern go wonky. Seriously and undeniably OFF. RIP-it. RIP-it. RIP-it. Back about 12 rounds.
I know Anne Hanson had a reason for making the two lace panels different on the two hands ~ presumably for mirroring. However, for beading purposes, the beads just sit better on the right-hand panel (Panel B if you are keeping score at home), which features crossed stitches. The beads lean nicely and pick up the light.
Ergo, with mistakes to fix anyway, I seized the opportunity to rip all the way back to the beginning of the lace panel on the left hand and use the Panel B chart for both. I don’t think it makes one whit of difference whether they are “mirrored.” What they are is soft, lightweight and oh-so-cozy. Cashmere, silk and merino will do that.
Project marriage score: 9.5 (Nona is a recommended yarn for the pattern.)
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo, .5mm crochet hook for beading
- Used Panel B chart for both hands
- Placed each 8/0 bead after working the “crossing over” stitch of the sequence
- Worked 9 1/2 repeats of Panel B chart, then added an extra .75 inches to length at top before ribbing
- On thumbs, worked 10 rounds stockinette before ribbing
Total yarn usage: 31 grams
Of course, you need not bead yours. You don’t even have to bother with a patterned panel. Just go round and round with that stockinette and some luscious laceweight leftovers.
I am toying with bringing the needle size down one more because the Nona really relaxed after a bath. I think it would be very easy to tweak these for fingering/sock yarn, too. Finally, a way to use up all of those little balls of laceweight I am too stingy to get rid of.
Nothing plain about these Jhaynes.