My other keen interest at the moment is knitting gloves. My interest was kindled last year when one of the ladies made herself a pair of fingerless gloves after one of my looming tutorials. I made a pair for myself and then used some fine alpaca to make another pair but with a different feel – a bit finer and more elegant.
The floodgates opened after that and all family members close and far started clamouring that their fingers needed warming up. My knitting went into over-drive. I completed a pair for my father – of course didn’t take a photo and now they’re lost to me being several thousand miles away. However they looked very similar to these i.e. plain. I know my father you see. Best to keep things simple and not fancy. I don’t have his measurements so I knitted “blind” but chose a yarn which was very forgiving (100% aran wool) and kept going. Luckily they fit perfectly.
My husband came next. Being at the other end of the character spectrum, he wanted fingerless pair which was manfully colourful. So after several false starts and quite a lot of bad language, I ended up with these. If anyone is interested, drop me a line and I will let you have the pattern.
My elder son is still waiting. I’m a little reluctant to take the plunge and make him a complex pair for two reasons – his hands are likely to grow quickly so not sure how much use he’ll get out of them and since I can no longer attach his gloves via his coat on a string (not a good look for teenagers), I’m not convinced that the gloves would ever see a second outing. Perhaps I’ll just prevaricate until there is no need for gloves!
I would like to pass on my recent experience with gloves to save you some precious time and frustration.
- If you don’t get on with double pointed needles, knit gloves flat and join with mattress stitch. Seriously. It saves so much angst. I have never quite perfected the art of using circulars with gloves!
- If at all possible, take a measurement or even draw round the hand you’re knitting for. There really is no such a thing as an “average” hand.
- Do vary the length of the fingers for the person you’re knitting for. Standard lengths are fine, but inevitably there will be a tight thumb joint or miles of “spare” on the little finger.
- Whatever the shape of the hands, start the fingers on the same row. Otherwise it will look like alien gloves. Trust me.
- Learn three-needle cast off. The best for gloves and mittens.
- Fourchette – the gussets between the fingers. I found it well nigh impossible to avoid holes appearing between these gussets and the gloves themselves. Perhaps this caused the most bad language. I can honestly say that when the gloves are worn, you can’t see them at all so don’t fret too much when you’re knitting this.
- Match your knitted gloves to your intended recipients taste – frill to the wrist for style, embroidery for fun, a bit of Fair Isle for the one you truly love, fliptops for the indecisive, texture for manliness. Or just throw caution to the wind and add your own style to them!
- Gloves are knitted with the thumbs facing right for both gloves. This determines the order you knit the fingers.
I think that’s enough to be getting on with – I’m starting to sound a little to fervent.
Hope you enjoy your knitted gloves.