Fingerless gloves… the search for the perfect pattern

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.

 

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One thought on “Fingerless gloves… the search for the perfect pattern

  1. That is a nice pattern! I made a pair when I first started knitting and they weren’t ribbed at the top, they were stockinette. So they rolled. The gift recipient never wore them… Maybe I’ll redo the gift now, years later. 🙂

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