Double Knitting (and a mitten update)

So I’m trying to finish my brother’s bowtie before thanksgiving. (I’m using this pattern) Well, really before the tuesday before thanksgiving, because that’s when I get home. I’m less than halfway done, and I’m in the knitting black hole, when you knit and knit and nothing seems to get done. Here’s why. The gauge for this pattern is totally wack. I almost ripped it out because I wasn’t getting gauge, but if I was, the bow tie would be over FOUR INCHES in width. That is some major clown bowtie right there. So I didn’t rip it out, but I wasted an entire afternoon stressing and researching bowtie schematics before deciding that it was actually fine and I should just keep going. Also, it uses doubleknitting. I didn’t know what this was until I had to learn for the bowtie, but basically it makes a double width fabric that is reversible. It also takes twice as long, because for each row you knit half the stitches and slip half the stitches. Now, the bowtie looks beautiful. 

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(Here pictured with my Yarn Pet, my new earrings, and a button off of a 1930’s Swiss army jacket. They all wanted to be in the picture, and I’m a big old softie.)

As you can see, the knitted fabric is lovely, it’s just taking EXCRUCIATINGLY long. I also have to figure out how to keep the neckband from curling. The pattern says to knit it in stockinette, but since part of it is the knot of the bowtie, I don’t want it to curl. I also don’t want it to look silly. Perhaps a k1p1 ribbing? 

So these are my bowtie woes. At least the mittens are going well now. I’m rewarding myself with a few rows of mitten when I get lots done on the bowtie. In comparison, the mittens absolutely FLY. 

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