I am knitting my first mitten. I have knit quite a few socks before successfully, although I took about a year long knitting vacation.
I followed the pattern for the hand decreases and trusted it and while it worked, I would really like to improve my technique.
I'm knitting a basic mitten pattern from Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting. I am using Magic Loop. I found it somewhat awkward to do the decreases for the mittens, as there were SSKs and K2Tog to be done and sometimes the stitch I needed to knit together was on the other needle! I got it to work, but still found it to be awkward. Would it just be easier to swap the Magic Loop for DPNS for the decreases? Would it just be less frustrating to kitchener stitch? I will kitchener stitch if I have to, but would mostly just prefer to decrease and then pull the yarn through. The process for doing the decreases in this pattern worked, but I don't remember doing the decreases with socks to be as hard. Is it just a function of Magic Loop? (I always switched to double points when making socks and only really magic looped to do the cuff from top down.)
Also, although my decreases turned out even on either side of the mitten, they are horribly loose. Ugh!
This is just a practice mitten using Caron Simply Soft, so it's no big deal, but I want to do a much better job on my first real mitten and work out any questions on the acrylic first.
I'm not worried about the thumb, as I think I'll just do that on double points.
Suggestions? Or can someone direct me to an easy mitten pattern that explains the hand decreases well, preferably with double points?
I think I could really enjoy knitting mittens.
Am I just forgetting something? Do I have knitting amnesia?