Friday, November 23, 2007

Pattern: Fingerless Gloves

My friend Thea loves bright colors but always dresses in black. Her hands also get ridiculously cold, so for her birthday I decided to knit her a pair of black fingerless gloves with thin stripes of bright colors. I couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I decided to make one up (something I hate doing, by the way-- I LIKE having a concrete pattern to follow!)

They were finally finished and given to her about 9 months after her birthday. Despite this, she loves them and wears them all the time.

With that, I give you black striped fingerless gloves!

Black Striped Fingerless Gloves:

Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun
1 ball "ebony"
5 yards each "turqoise," "purple," "fuchsia," "royal blue," "buttercup," and "lime"
This yarn is really soft and really cheap. It splits easily, which can be annoying, but it yields a beautiful finished project.

Needles: Size 2 (not super-critical because the ribbing gives you a fair bit of leeway, but you want needles significantly smaller than the yarn recommendation so that the gloves end up neat and tight. If you use a significantly bigger size, you run the risk of making the stripes look sloppier.)

Notes: The color sequence is reversed on the second glove at Thea's request.

Stitch Pattern: Round 1: K3, P3 repeat to end of round
Round 2: K1, P1 repeat to end of round

CO 42 sts on 3 DPN's, join into a round.

Cuff: Work st. pattern to desired length until thumb gusset, I had 40 rounds. My stripes are spaced 8 rounds apart, with 2 rounds per stripe.

Round 1: Work the 41st round until there are 7 sts left on the last needle. Place marker, P1, make 1, K3, make 1, P1, place marker, work remaining 2 st in the stitch pattern.
Rounds 2 and 3: Work as established. Round 4: Work to first marker, slip marker, P1, make 1, K5, make 1, P1, work the remaining two sts in the stitch pattern. Work rounds 2-4 four times total. (increasing the number of knit stitches in between the purl gusset stitches as established).

Work 1 round even. On the next round, bind off all of the knitted stitches of the gusset.

On the next round, CO 3 stitches over the bound off section.

Work established pattern for 9 more rounds (or to desired length) and bind off.

Weave in all ends.

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