Saturday, August 25, 2012
Knit Fingerless Gloves
Backstory: I don't remember exactly when I first taught myself knitting, but I know I tend to pick a project not necessarily of a beginner level and jump in feet first. I found this Knucks pattern on knitty.com and decided to give it a go. I made one pair with the wrong size needles and thicker yarn. Then I went out and bought this fisherman's yarn and the right size needles, and started making a large pair for my husband.
How I did it: The pattern on knitty required me to make the fingers first, then build off of the four fingers for the first half of the glove, then add the thumb and decrease back down to the wrist. Once it was all knit I had to close up the spaces between the fingers.
What I learned: Working with DPNs requires some finesse at the stitches between the needles. I found that moving the needles around from round to round helped keep the stitches tight and reduce laddering. It definitely takes practice to get it right. I can wear these, but since I made them for my husband they are adorably oversized.
What I might try next time: I need to make myself a pair, with slightly longer fingers because I get cold easily. I also might embroider the knuckles.
Final Thoughts: I really like this pattern. It doesn't take terribly long and is easily adaptable for hand length as you make it. I plan on using it again.