This is a pattern review for Hand Springs Fingerless Mitts by Micol Day, a free pattern.
The pattern consists of written instructions and a chart pattern. The creator isn’t a professional knitting pattern designer and the pattern doesn’t follow the typical structure. It does, however, contain quite a bit of explanations and elaboration about the size and stretch of the mitts.
The written instructions is quite easy to follow until the thumb gusset where the designer suddenly refer to Column C, a reference to the chart pattern. You won’t be able to continue if you cannot read charts.
I personally think that the 2 sets of instructions should be independent of each other. I shouldn’t need to refer to the chart if I am following the written instructions.
I took a look at the chart pattern and this caused more confusion. I admit I am not a fan of chart pattern and was a bit annoyed that there were no explanation for two things in the pattern.
- Columns A to E
- Little circles lining the sides of the chart, with some circles shaded and numbered.
I went back to the written instructions. I have knitted a few thumb gussets before and decided to use my knowledge gathered from there instead. It went quite well and I managed to finish the mitts.
After I have finished the mitts, I came across this little blog post and found out what the little circles were for. Sigh.
The pattern is not too hard especially if you like reading charts. It yields a quick and easy knit. Since it is free, I should be content.