I don't think I need to sit around and lie about this: I'm a knitter, therefore I have a yarn stash. I've talked about this before. I'm not ashamed. What could be a source of shame (for those who aren't creative enough to talk themselves out of being ashamed) is the number of skeins that I totally have a project in mind for and just haven't knit up yet. The yarn for this project was one example. I'd bought two skeins: one to make a surprise hat with and one to make some long promised fingerless gloves. The hat was knit up. The gloves? Not so much. Their time had come though. I've been (mostly) quietly working on these in the background. I mentioned their existence once on Instagram:
Today, with much delight,
And, actually, these are the second pair. The first pair has finally been gifted as promised a long, long time ago but I didn't take pictures of them and the pattern was so fun and used so much less yarn than I imagined that I knew I'd be launching right into a second pair that I would send to the recipient of the hat (they are a perfect match, not just in yarn, but in actual pattern). And the sort of great, but also sort of disturbing news is that I still have yarn left over. I'm not quite sure what I'll knit with it (Cup cozy? A tiny scarf for a woodland creature?).
If you're now looking at these and wishing that you could have your own, here's what you need:
- This pattern and the items she calls for
- Worsted weight yarn (I used the Lion Brand Heartland Tweed, colorway: Black Canyon Tweed)
- My adaptations
As you will note when looking at her pattern, it is for armwarmers and I wanted actual fingerless gloves with a hole for the thumb but no thumb gusset. After I knit the first two rows that established the pattern, I knit the set of two 20 times. I knit one more row of the slip stitches. I then turned the glove inside out and purled a row. I flipped the glove back to right side out and knit another slip stitch row (if you're playing along at home, you will realize that this back and forth means I'm no longer knitting in the round. That gets rectified in a minute). I did this whole business for a total of 10 rows, ending with a slip stitch row. By doing that, I was able to keep the pattern going up the hand. I then knit a row just to rejoin in the round, then knit three more sets of two of the slip stitch pattern. I then followed her pattern for the top of the glove.
These are wonderful to knit and comfortable to wear. If you give them a try, be sure to stop by her blog and thank her for providing a free pattern! And if you think of any small project suggestions for using up the last bit of yarn, please let me know in the comments!