Thursday, February 15, 2007

Small Victory

So I had this idea that I could knit a beautiful set of gloves for my friend Jill who lost her dad in December, but I just couldn't get it right. Nothing turned out like I wanted. I'd knit for a while and decide they were too big, too long, too scrathcy, etc. Finally I tried using some Aurora 8 yarn. I initially didn't have much luck with it either. The pattern I used was for finer yarn, so the palm was way too big. Eventually, I decided that I wouldn't use a pattern. I don't really feel confident enough to knit real gloves without a pattern though, so I did fingerless mitts. They're kind of a knock-off of the fetching fingerless gloves from Knitty, but I'm proud of them, even if they were really EASY. Here's my first original pattern. Yay!

Wool: a little more than 50 g. Aurora 8 Karabella extra fine merino wool
Needles: size 3 double pointed

Left (right) gloves:
Cast on 40 stitches and join.

Rounds 1 and 2: K2, P2 rib.

Round 3: Left Twist (knit the second stitch from the FRONT, then knit the first stitch and slip both off the right needle together), purl two

Repeat these three roows 6 times, Knit two more rounds of k2, P2 ribbing.

Work 6 rows in st. st.

Thumb gusset:

Round 1: K22, M1, K2, M1, K16 (42 sts)
Round 2 (and all alt rounds): K
Round 3: K22, M1, K4, M1, K18 (44 sts)
5th Round: K22, M1, K6, M1, K20 (47 sts)
Continue like this, increasing 2 sts every other round until 54 sts. Knit 1 round.

Next Round: K38, slip first 22 and last 18 sts onto st holders.
You should now have 14 sts on your needles. Divide stitches onto 3 needles, cast on 2 sts and join. K 8 rounds.
Cast off and break wool.


Pick up and knit 2 stitches from the bottom sides of the thumb, then divide stitches on the stitch holders onto three needles and knit nine rounds.

End with the six rows of the same ribbing used for the cuff. Bind off stitches.


Julie said...

Oh I'm so glad to see you were able to finish these gloves! Good for you. And the nail polish and yarn match - is that planned?

Cheryl said...

Those look lovely and soft. Well done on a successful first original pattern!

Teaandcakes said...

Those are really pretty - I love the tiny cables