In the nick of time…

Finished my brother’s gloves yesterday and got them wrapped about an hour before he came home for the holidays!  Forgot to take a picture of them before I wrapped them though, so I will have to do that tomorrow when he opens them.  Fingers crossed that they fit!  I had to redo the fingers on the second glove because I’d done too many rows and they were bigger than the first glove!

I’ve just spent the last half an hour trying to knit a bauble from the 55 Christmas balls to knit book that I bought recently.  However I keep going wrong on the increase rows and ending up with the wrong number of stitches.  How hard can it be?  Apparently too hard for my little brain on Christmas Eve.  So I’ve pulled it all out and am leaving it now.  I might try again next week.

Merry Christmas!

Edit: Here’s a photo of the gloves!

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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.

 

FO: My first pair of gloves

One of the knitting challenges I set myself a while ago, was to knit a pair of gloves and I’ve finally done it!  It didn’t take long actually – about 4 evenings I think.

knitted gloves

The pattern was an old Robin pattern that Mum used to use many years ago.  The gloves are knitted on two needles and each finger has to be seamed as does the side of the glove.  Initially I was worried about having seams and whether it would be uncomfortable, but actually I can’t feel them.

I think that I made a couple of the fingers slightly too short on the first glove I did, but it’ll probably stretch.

The yarn I used was Mirasol Hacho, which I was given last Christmas.  It was nice to use some stash yarn.  Speaking of which, my next project that I’m dying to get started will be using up some Debbie Bliss Merino Aran that I have in my stash.  It’s a lovely dark green colour, and I had started using it for a jumper from Custom Knits.  However I didn’t really like how the jumper was turning out, so I frogged it.  This next project is a short sleeved cabled hooded jacket.  I’ve been wanting to do one for ages, but hadn’t found quite the right pattern/yarn combination.  Mum remembered that I’d saved this particular pattern from an old copy of Knitting magazine and it’s perfect both in style and in the type of yarn. I can’t wait to cast on.

But my brother has also asked me to knit him a scarf for Christmas.  For the past few Christmases, since I’ve always knitted him something. However this year, I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t really given it much thought.  I wasn’t sure that he really liked me knitting him things.  But on the phone the other day out of the blue, he asked “is it difficult to knit a scarf?”.  “Nooooo….why?”  I replied.  “Well… I would quite like a new scarf”.  How could I refuse?!  He wants a green and white striped one because he can wear it to support both rugby and football teams.  I always think that a ribbed scarf is nice for men, but I think he just wants it stocking stitch and the two colours in large sections, rather than thin stripes.  Just need to find the right shade of green.