I have a pair of fingerless gloves, which have a little flap to turn them into mittens, that my brother gave me for Christmas many years ago. I love them, but they are starting to wear thin in places, so I started thinking about knitting another pair of fingerless gloves (not necessarily with the flap though).
I also decided that I will knit a pair for my brother for Christmas this year. So the search began for a pattern.
For my pair, I decided to use some cashmere yarn that I got from Devon Fine Fibres. It’s a 4 ply yarn. I have a book called Holiday Knits: 25 Great Gifts from Stockings to Sweaters that had a pattern I thought might be suitable. So I merrily cast on and began knitting. You know though when you get part way through some knitting and you start to have a sinking feeling that it’s not going to fit… well I started to get that with these gloves. I kept going though… as you do… hoping that everything will be ok. I was trying it on as I went, and the doubts still niggled. I started to do the fingers and then tried it on again. The fingers were going to be fine, I could tell, but it was just too long and baggy around the wrist and didn’t look very good at all.
So I frogged it.
I then found a pattern called Semplice Fingerless Mitts (via Ravelry) on the Knit Picks website for a basic fingerless mitt. It looked like a good basic pattern and so I started again. The shaping all looked good as I went and I thought it was going to turn out great. However I made a fatal mistake. The pattern calls for a Sport weight yarn and what was I using? A 4 ply. The glove was coming out too small!
So that was frogged.
Now a few weeks ago Mum, Dad and I popped up to Bovey Tracey. We went to the Devon Guild of Craftsman and to Spin a Yarn. Mum bought a ball of Lang yarn and got a free pattern for a pair of fingerless mitts. Why didn’t I just use this pattern to start with? It’s great! The gloves fit really well and haven’t taken me too long to knit.