LAce with button hole and Oslo stitches

Light and Lacy/Silver Project

I’ve been playing with a lace pattern for the Ravelry nalbinding group’s Light and Lacy challenge and my local fiber fair’s “Silver” craft along.  Third try is the best so far.

The base row is Oslo. Then in every other stitch I do button hole stitch. then a row of regular button hole stitch. All stitches are tightened around my needle. When I do another Oslo stitch row, I pick up one button hole stitch and do an Olso stitch, then I do one Oslo stitch unattached to the previous row.

I increased on the Oslo stitch row and the first button hole stitch row at the edges, which gave about a 60 degree triangle. I wanted about 90 degrees for a shawl, so maybe I should have increased every row and stopped thinking like a knitter! So this will be a pointy edged scarf, instead of a shawl.

The piece is curling A LOT and I have to untwist my yarn on my needle often. I think I’m going to have to block this. Though, most nalbound items, I don’t block.

Anyhoo – hopefully that’s enough info to play with or inspire you to try your own nalbinding lace!

Projects: Itty Bitty Little Nalbound Mittens

Several of my friends and I got together this last weekend to work on items for North Country Fiber Fair next year.  While Ruth and Meghan were more productive than I was, I still managed a few things to contribute –  mini mittens.  The first one would fit a baby or small toddler.

The next two might be a bit big on a Barbie doll.   But not by much.

I did these in Oslo stitch with sock yarn.  To make smaller stitches I dropped the thumb loop before pushing the needle through and pulled the needle yarn to tighten the stitch around the needle. (Like Sanna Mari Tofi does in her videos.)  My sharp antler needle was perfect for these dinky mitts.  The point on it helped separate the yarn loops quickly.

Can any one make smaller mittens?  I challenge you to try.  (I’m not showing you up – I’m pushing your talents!)