Fetching Knit Along

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hello all!

First I want to thank Wendee for commenting on my blog and allowing me to find out about this kal! When I the edition of knitty that sports fetching on the cover first came out, I thought..."Wow, I bet I could do those..." I especially liked the fact that in the write-up it said you could have a completed pair over the course of a weekend..oh and you only need one skein? Marvy. :) The other thing that did it for me was that if I had never cabled before, this would be a perfect place to start!

Here's my completed pair. I know they look different. I don't care. The top one is the one I knitted last. I didn't like the picot bind off that I ended up with in the first one. I didn't like that it caused the yarn to curl upwards. So I just did a regular bind off.

Has anyone tried a different yarn? I know that Wendee posted about trying out the rowan cash soft yarn and I know that is a good substitute because that's what I'm using for my ihs. I'm interested in hearing about the more manly version of fetching too because my fiance wants a pair for himself. I thought maybe cabling all the way up would make it more manly but I'm new to cabling so I really don't know!

I look forward to hearing what you all think!


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Look Ma, no holes!

I finished my first pair (note, I said first...) of Fetching gloves yesterday. I got a little sidetracked with a "ballband warshrag" but that's a whole different KAL! Thanks again for the comments on how to deal with the holes around the thumb pick-up. A few strategically placed stitches and voila! No holes!

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, color 300503 Pea Green (stashbuster)

Has anyone tried these in a DK weight yarn? I'd like to make these as gifts for a couple of friends, but they both have small hands. As is, these are fine, but I'm thinking this yarn is springy enough that doing down a weight will make them a bit more snug without being too small. Perhaps Rowan Cashsoft DK will be a good substitute. Thoughts?


Wendee (www.knittlesticks.blogspot.com)

Friday, August 25, 2006

One down...

I figured out what I was doing wrong...actually, I wasn't really doing anything wrong - just being goofy. So I finished the thumb and one of the pair is done. Here it is:

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I would not make a good hand model - I've been a habitual nail biter since childhood! They feel a little loose in the wrist, but maybe if I have a long-sleeve shirt on it won't be like that.

A close-up of the thumb.

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It's not pretty because I did rip it out twice and start over. Also, some people mentioned having problems with holes. To combat this, I pick up more than the required stitches (this pattern says to pick up 2) and then just knit them together to get the right amount. I did end up with a small hole, but I think that was because of me ripping it out over and over.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

All Thumbs

I'm just about finished with my first fetching (note - not my first pair, the first of the pair!) and I'm having some difficulty with, you guessed it, the thumb! I've done it twice now and I can't figure out how it's supposed to work.

I have no trouble picking up the stitches. What I want to know is, should the wrong side (the side that won't show) or the right side be facing me when I knit the thumb? I've done it both ways and I could swear that either way the wrong side of the thumb ended up on the right side of the rest of the piece. And I'm getting frustrated. I thought I would put it down until I heard from someone from this KAL.

Here boy, Fetch

Well, here they are. My two-toned fetching gloves. Here is what happened. My local yarn store was having a Debbie Bliss Merino yarn sale(70% off!!!). So I grabbed two colors thinking, "two gloves for the price of, well, cheap". I came home and began working on the first glove in the blue and suddenly thought, "I seem to be running low on yarn yardage awfully fast,". Well, after the shopping high wore off I realized I bought DB merino not DB cashmerino. The merino is only 78 yards! Opps! so, to make the best of the situation and to not add to my already overweight yarn stash, I came up with the two-toned version. What do you think?
Next pair I will do in a solid color and I don't think I will use the picot bind off (not a big fan of that one). Can't wait to see what your gloves fetch.
Peace~ DAWN (www.wildyarn.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

First pair!

So now I join the ranks of those with completed Fetching gloves. Except they're not for me. *sigh*If I recall, I used colourway 201 (I went with the suggested yarn, is it not so very nice?). I had to go up to 5.00mm needles because I am a tight knitter. I also found the same thumb-hole problem that others have (photographed by Wendeea few posts back), I used some not-so-awful stitching to close those up. (more photos on my blog, www.thisboyknits.blogspot.com)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hallo all

My name is Michael and I'm halfway through a pair of "Fetching". Just thought I would say hi while I was about. I have plans to adapt this pattern to something more "manly" as well perhaps in the future.

My Intro

Hello all, it's nice to be here! I came across this KAL the other day, and since I'm about to start my first pair of Fetching, thought I'd join in. I'm planning to use Grignasco Jazz Print, which is a merino wool in pinks, greens and browns. It's a tad thicker than the pattern calls for, so we'll have to see how this goes - I may have to chance to a different yarn.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

One (nearly) down!

Hello! Glad to be in the company of fellow Fetching knitters! I'm nearly done with my first Fetching mitt. I'm pleased that I happened to have some Cashmerino Aran (pea green) in my stash from long ago. What a perfect way to put it to use! For some reason I'm having trouble picking up the stiches around the thumb - a small hole has surfaced. Has anyone else come across this or is it operator error? I'm going to hold off on the bind off of the thumb in case I need to frog the thumb. Any suggestions?

Here's a better shot (sans the hole highlight):

I don't think I'll get two gloves out of my ball of yarn. Fortunately I have two balls - and even though the one-skein idea is great, the result is certainly worth the extra ball! Oh, and about the picot bind off - it's sweet, but does roll down a bit. Has anyone had that experience as well?

Thursday, August 17, 2006


I haven't CO yet but I was so inspired by the gloves in the previous post that I used them to make a button as well. Hope no one minds.

It's a little big for a button but you can adjust the size if you like.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fetching Finished!

fetchingI finished fetching Monday during a Spanish class, which made me wish I knew knitting terms in Spanish. It looks like Ginger and I had the same choice of yarn. :o)

If I knit this pattern again I'll definitely make them longer on the wrist as well as over the knuckles. Being such a quick knit was a bonus!

Here's one button submission.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Hi everyone,
I'm new to this KAL. I fell in love with this Knitty pattern as soon as I saw it - and one ball of yarn (basically) is a dream for me. I have cast on and all ready I think this will be a quick knit if I focus on them. I have several other projects on the needles so you know how that goes. Anyway, I will post a pic once I get a bit further along.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

quick knit

I finished my first pair of Fetching last night. I started out with 2 balls of yarn since I didn't want to risk running out, like some others have.