Great Ambition

I’ve only knitted a couple of smaller colourwork pieces before (my arrow pompom hat and my acorns teeth mittens), but I’ve always wanted to do more. I was thinking of a jersey, but when I saw these amazing colourwork mittens pop up on Instagram I immediately knew I would be making a pair for my sister for her birthday this year…

They’re called Lion, Badger, Eagle, Snake, by Dianna Walla. I had to make her the Great Ambition ones, and though I don’t get her love for Slytherin (they’re basically hitler youth, right?) I do love their colour scheme! I bought a skein each of Quince and Co Finch yarn in Boreal and in Kumleins Gull, and I’m really pleased with those choices. I think that Boreal is the perfect dark green and really makes the light grey stand out. Finch is really nice to knit, my stitches came out beautifully crisp and clear! I managed to knit both mittens easily out of a single skein of each, which was nice. I’ll need to figure out a project to use the random lengths of 4 ply yarn I’ve been accumulating…

This pattern is really great, full of little details that make knitting them really fun! I find knitting colourwork really satisfying, I always want to carry on with another row just to see the pattern emerging. I did get a mild case of second sock syndrome when it came time to knit the second mitten, but I gave it a week or so and managed to get back into it!

The only change I made to the pattern was to leave the tops off the thumbs, I knew that they’d never get worn if they weren’t smartphone friendly! I knitted to the point where the decreases start, and then knitted three rounds of ribbing to stop them rolling. I also knitted the cuffs in 1×1 rib instead of 2×2, but that’s just because I didn’t read the pattern carefully enough and then decided I didn’t care enough to rip it back and change it…I prefer 1×1 rib anyway! I do wish I had looked up how to knit jogless stripes for the cuffs, that would have looked better than having that step at the beginning of each stripe.

The pattern is written in such a way that there aren’t very many places where there will be big floats left on the inside, but there are a few so I had to be careful to remember to catch those long floats up so they didn’t get snagged on fingernails or rings! I always love how the wrong side of colourwork projects look, it’s very satisfying. I did find that these ended up a bit smaller than the schematic, but that’s a good thing as my sister has pretty narrow hands! I did manage to stretch them out a bit when I blocked them, so it’s all good. I think my gauge in stockinette colourwork is tighter than it would be in plain stockinette, which is something I need to remember…

I might need to knit myself some Ravenclaw ones next!

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6 thoughts on “Great Ambition

  1. Gorgeous Kirsten and wow, could lou work seems like magic to me! Have you done the house test? I, my son and husband are all Ravenclaw, daughter is Hufflepuff and sh’s not happy about t it!

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