Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On Its Way

"Hedgewood", my slightly cropped aran pullover, is finally on its way. If you think you might like to be a test knitter of the pattern, please write to me on Ravelry, username, emccarten. The pattern probably won't be ready for testing for a few weeks, possibly just after Xmas, so don't worry that it will interfere with your holiday gift plans. The construction is bottom-up and seamless. Testers need to be experienced and reasonably quick knitters able to provide useful criticism of technical details.

Sleeve detail.

Happy American Thanksgiving to U.S. readers!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New Gloves

Every now and then I brace myself for the knitting of a new pair of gloves. It's not my favourite thing to do, but they are a favourite to wear, especially as liners for mitts, so when it's time to say good-bye to an old pair, I wait until I'm in the mood and go for it (them?)

So here is the first new glove in progress, with one of five digits more or less done. It's my go-to glove pattern, Robin Melanson's "Strata". Wool is Quince's Chickadee in "Gilded". I don't bother to taper the fingers, but for this pair I'm dealing with the gap between fingers in the same way as I would for picking up the thumb stitches. See this tutorial for details. So, this time around there won't be any little gaps to fill anywhere; I'll be able to just weave in the ends and be done. I made a pencil diagram in the pattern the first time I made these as a reminder of how many rows are needed for each digit so no further fussing with each one. Yay for customized glove fingers!