Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bibliogloves

Finally, the pattern for these is available. For free. I'm eliminating the complications created by taxable income!






The pattern info from Ravelry reads:
Fingerless gloves have always had an aura of romance for me, conjuring up images of nineteenth-century heroes and heroines in chilly garrets or country houses, but until recently, I avoided wearing them. They seemed impractical—not enough coverage to keep fingers warm on a cold day outside, and unnecessary indoors. Then I moved into an early Victorian limestone house with a frosty third-floor library. Now I’m a convert. With these gloves on I can type or knit, and with warm wrists, the rest of me stays toasty. The snug fit ensures they don’t get in the way of busy hands. A thumb gusset positioned slightly toward the palm prevents the patterned back from torqueing out of alignment, and detailed instructions ensure a tidy join between thumb and hand. The stitch pattern is adapted from the gansey stitch, “Filey Steps”. Note that in order to maintain the feel of the original stitch, the cables are deliberately not mirrored within each glove; instead, each glove mirrors the other. By switching yarn weights and needle sizes, a single set of instructions becomes a “one size fits most” pattern, from small women through to medium sized men.
Like socks, these gloves are knitted on smaller needles at a firmer gauge than usual for the suggested yarns. They are intended to fit closely and slightly stretched. Choose your needle size based on the needle size you would need to achieve the following sweater gauges,
S: 24 sts = 4”/ 10 cm
M: 22 sts = 4”/ 10 cm
L: 20 sts = 4”/ 10 cm
then GO DOWN TWO NEEDLE SIZES.
S and M take 1 skein of Chickadee. L takes 2 skeins of Owl or Owl Tweet, although only very little of the second skein.

Several kind knitters have written in to describe these gloves as "sweet little things", which indeed I think they are--but I hope you won't lose sight of the fact that the pattern is UNISEX, without lace or flowery motifs that might be off putting to those of the masculine gender. Knitted in a tweedy yarn, like Owl Tweet, they might just be the perfect stocking stuffer come December.

6 comments:

  1. I, too, have fallen in love with fingerless mitts/gloves. This is a gorgeous design and I can see several pairs in my future.

    MJ

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  2. I, too, saw no use in fingerless gloves until I moved into an under-heated, cement floored basement apartment. Warm wrists & thumbs are a must to work in MY home office. Love your 'gansey' inspired patterns. I'm so tired of lace.

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  3. These are lovely! I know just the couple who would each love a pair of these for Christmas. I even have the yarn already in my stash. Clearly, it was meant to be.

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  4. The mitts are beautiful, thank u for the free pattern.

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  5. Thank you I've been eagerly awaiting this pattern so that I can start my menfolk Christmas knitting. Your patterns contain an amazing amount of knitterly knowledge that you are very generous to share with us. They are also easy to follow and are simply beautiful in design and structure. Thanks again Sharon, Leicestershire

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