Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lace Cable Fingerless Gloves

Lace Cable Fingerless Gloves

First and foremost: I highly recommend against viewing these photos larger. We are in the middle of a cold, dry winter here in Wisconsin, and my hands are SCARY. Luckily, not everything is quite so terrifying. And that includes these gloves, which are designed and knit on straight needles for all of my dpn-despising peeps. Of course, if one of my dpn-loving peeps wants to see this pattern adapted for the round, just hit me up in the comments and I'll help you out too!

Sizes: small (medium; large) (the small will fit a hand roughly 7" - 8" in circumference at the base of the thumb, the medium a hand about 8" - 9", and the large 9" +)

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #9461 Lime Heather - one skein

A close up of the pattern.
Leafy, no?
Needles: One set of needles in size US 7, one set of needles in size US 5, one cable needle (cn)

Notions: Tapestry needle, two stitch markers

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches on size 7 needles

So let's get started! We're going to work our two gloves a teensy weensy bit differently (the cables will be reversed). So, for the first one, you'll start by using your size 5 needles, and casting on 38 (42; 46) stitches loosely. Then we'll work the following ribbing rows, which will be the same for all sizes:

Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): p2, * k2, p2; rep from *

Ribbing Row 2: k2, * p2, k2 *

Ribbing Row 3: p2, * k2, p2 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 - 3, and then we'll knit the following marker placement row. Notice they are different for the different sizes.

Marker Placement Row - size small: k2, (p2, k2) 3 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, k2, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Marker Placement Row - size medium: (k2, p2) 4 times, place marker, k2, (p2, k2) twice, place marker, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Marker Placement Row - size large: k2, (p2, k2) 4 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, k2, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Complete marker placement row, and then switch to your size 7 needles. Now we'll be incorporating a strip of Small Lace Cable, from page 255 of Barbara G. Walker's Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns. And it goes like so:

Row 1 and all odd rows (wrong side): purl until you reach first marker, slip marker, k2, p6, k2, slip second marker, purl until end of row

Row 2: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of row

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of row

Knit rows 1 - 12 three times, and then knit rows 1 - 3 again. Switch to your size 5 needles, removing extra markers when you do so, and knit the following ribbing rows:

Ribbing Rows 1 & 3 (right side): k2, * p2, k2 *

Ribbing Row 2: p2, * k2, p2 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 - 3 and then bind off loosely in pattern. And once this is done, we'll work the other glove, which is exactly the same except with the cable reversed. Of course I'll still spell it out for you, as follows:

So, for the second one, you'll start by using your size 5 needles, and casting on 38 (42; 46) stitches loosely. Then we'll work the following ribbing rows, which will be the same for all sizes:

Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): p2, * k2, p2; rep from *

Ribbing Row 2: k2, * p2, k2 *

Ribbing Row 3: p2, * k2, p2 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 - 3, and then we'll knit the following marker placement row. Notice they are different for the different sizes.

Marker Placement Row - size small: k2, (p2, k2) 3 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, k2, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Marker Placement Row - size medium: (k2, p2) 4 times, place marker, k2, (p2, k2) twice, place marker, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Marker Placement Row - size large: k2, (p2, k2) 4 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, k2, * p2, k2 * to end of row

Complete marker placement row, and then switch to your size 7 needles. Now we'll begin the main pattern, like so:

Row 1 and all odd rows (wrong side): purl until you reach first marker, slip marker, k2, p6, k2, slip second marker, purl until end of row

Row 2: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of row

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of row

Knit rows 1 - 12 three times, and then knit rows 1 - 3 again. Switch to your size 5 needles, removing extra markers when you do so, and knit the following ribbing rows:

Ribbing Rows 1 & 3 (right side): k2, * p2, k2 *

Ribbing Row 2: p2, * k2, p2 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 - 3 and then bind off loosely in pattern. And now that the body of both gloves is complete, we'll work the thumbs. So let's proceed as follows.

Using your size 5 needles, cast on 15 (17; 19) stitches loosely. Then knit the following two edging rows:

Edging Row 1 (wrong side): purl

Edging Row 2: knit

And once these two rows are done, switch to your size 7 needles. Then we'll continue like so:

Row 1: purl

Row 2: knit

Row 3: purl

Knit rows 1 - 3, and then we'll begin the bind off rows at the bottom of the thumb. So let's work like so:

Bind Off Row 1 (right side): bind off one stitch, knit until end of row

Bind Off Row 2: bind off one stitch, purl until end of row

Work these two bind off rows until you have 3 stitches left on needle, at which point you should have just finished a wrong side row. Bind off on your next right side row. Then, make another!

And now that your mitts and thumbs are done, it's time to assemble these bad boys! First, seam the thumb along the edging and main body rows (so stop seaming once the decreases begin). Next, measure the raw edge of the thumb, so you know how big of a hole to leave when you seam the mitts. I recommend putting the bind-off edge of each mitt at the top/finger edge of the mitt, so seam from that top edge down to where you want the thumb to begin (my measurement recommendations: seam down to 1.75" (2"; 2.25")). Then leave the required gap for the thumb, and seam the bottom edge of the mitt. Finally, seam thumb to mitt, lining thumb seam up with top seam of mitt. Repeat for second mitt, and tuck in ends.




I got photobombed by the baby...
... so I rolled with it!

35 comments:

  1. so delicate and pretty! And love that shade of green... I'm drawn to it more and more these days - both in yarn and clothing!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Me too! This is the third pair of fingerless gloves I've made in a similar shade... I just keep being drawn to it, and forgetting that I've done it before!!! :)

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  2. Wow, I really love these! They look simple, yet elegant! Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that they appeal to you! They're a pretty fun & easy knit, too. :)

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  3. Well, no surprise the baby "photobombed" you since you stole his toy. (I'm guessing that's his toy, not yours). And as to leafy, oui! I do love the green...

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    1. Well that's the only time he's played with it!!! And I'm glad you like them. :)

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  4. Thank you for publishing your pattern. I have numerous fingerless glove patterns, but yours is really pretty. I'll make them when the weather gets cold again! But the biggest thanks is for the intutive printing and PDF creating. So many times I have tried to print instructions only to have pages of unwanted pictures. The ability to delete some is very welcome. PS - I only deleted a couple!

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    1. Glad to hear you like the pattern! :) And I am also glad that you like the printing utility I use - I, too, can't stand to print out a bajillion unwanted pages for a paragraph or two of text. Print Friendly is super handy in that way!!!

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  5. Beautiful pattern! Since you offered, I would love to get this pattern for dpn's!

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    1. No problem! What size do you plan on knitting?

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    2. medium for me and small for a friend.... thank you!

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    3. Okay, just give me a day or so and I'll post it here in the comments! :)

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    4. Okay, so here’s the modification for the mitts in the round in the small and medium sizes. Large to follow soon!

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    5. Oops I posted in response to the comment below... see pattern down there!

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    6. Okay! So just to let you know, I had to divide the instructions for the small & medium sizes across two comments, since I ran up against the character limits. And, as always when I modify patterns and haven't actually knit them, I am 95% sure that I have things right but there may always be an error. Let me know if anything isn't working out!
      :)

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    7. Thanks so much! I cannot wait to give this a try - and share with my friend who will also want to get right on this!

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    8. Great! Again, let me know if there are any issues. :)

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  6. I also would like the pattern in the round, since you offered! Medium and large, please....

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    1. Hi Juanita! Just give me a day or so and I'll post it in the comments! :)

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    2. For small and medium sizes:

      Using your size 5 dpns, cast on 36 (40) stitches loosely and divide between 3 dpns as follows: place 12 stitches on your first and third dpns and the remainder of stitches on your second. Then we'll work the following ribbing rows:

      Ribbing Row: k1,* p2, k2; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left in round, k1

      Knit ribbing row 3 (4) times, and then we'll knit the following marker placement row. Notice they are different for each size.

      Marker Placement Row - size small: k1, (p2, k2) 3 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1

      Marker Placement Row - size medium: k1, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, place marker, k2, (p2, k2) twice, place marker, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k1

      Complete marker placement row, and then transfer work to your size 7 dpns. Now we'll begin the pattern like so:

      Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Row 2: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Knit rows 1 - 12 once, and then knit rows 1 – 2 again. Now we’re going to begin gusseting in the thumb, as follows:

      Gusset Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Gusset Row 2: m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round (+1 stitch)

      Gusset Row 4: k1, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round, m1l (+2 stitches)

      Gusset Rows 6, 8 & 10: knit until you have 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit across remainder of stitches on 2nd needle and then k12 from 3rd needle, m1l, knit until end of round (+2 stitches each)

      Gusset Row 12: knit until you have 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit across remainder of stitches on 2nd needle and then k12 from 3rd needle, m1l, knit until end of round (+2 stitches)

      If you’re making the size small gloves, knit gusset rows 1 – 12 and then knit gusset rows 1 – 2 again.. If you’re making size medium gloves, knit gusset rows 1 – 12 and then knit gusset rows 1 – 4 again. For both sizes, on your next row, knit across first 7 (8) stitches and then thread these stitches and the final 6 (7) stitches from needle 3 onto a scrap of yarn, to work later as thumb. And now, we'll resume our pattern, joining the mitt back in the round at the thumb break. So let's continue as follows. If you’re knitting the size small glove, you will resume at pattern row 1; if you’re knitting the size medium, you will resume at pattern row 3.

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    3. Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Row 10: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Knit rows 1 – 10 and then knit row 1 again (knit rows 3 – 10 and then knit row 1 again). Transfer work to your size 5 dpns and remove markers. Now we’ll complete the ribbing as follows:

      Ribbing Row: k1,* p2, k2; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left in round, k1

      Knit the ribbing row 3 (4) times and bind off loosely in pattern. Now, it’s time to make the thumb. So, transfer your thumb stitches to your size 7 dpns, making sure to place stitches from before and after the break on a single needle (the break being where you rejoined the glove in a round after working your thumb gusset). Knit around, picking up one at the break when you get there. Knit 4 (4) rows around in total, and then switch to your size 5 needles and knit two more rows in a * k1, p1 * ribbing. Bind off loosely in pattern, and tuck in ends.

      If so inclined, it’s now time to work the other glove, which is exactly the same except with the cable reversed, so you’ll hold the 3 stitches on your cn at the back rather than the front.

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    4. For size large:

      Using your size 5 dpns, cast on 44 stitches loosely and divide between 3 dpns as follows: place 14 stitches on your first and third dpns and the remainder of stitches on your second. Then we'll work the following ribbing row:

      Ribbing Row: k1,* p2, k2; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left in round, k1

      Knit ribbing row 4 times, and then we'll knit the following marker placement row.

      Marker Placement Row: k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, place marker, p2, (k2, p2) twice, place marker, (k2, p2) 4 times, k1

      Complete marker placement row, and then transfer work to your size 7 dpns. Now we'll be incorporating a strip of Small Lace Cable like so:

      Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Row 2: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Knit rows 1 - 12 once. Now we’re going to begin gusseting in the thumb, as follows:

      Gusset Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Gusset Row 2: m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round (+1 stitch)

      Gusset Row 4: k1, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round, m1l (+2 stitches)

      Gusset Rows 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, & 18: knit until you have 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit across remainder of stitches on 2nd needle and then k12 from 3rd needle, m1l, knit until end of round (+2 stitches each)

      Gusset Row 14: knit until you have 12 stitches left on first needle, m1r, knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit across remainder of stitches on 2nd needle and then k12 from 3rd needle, m1l, knit until end of round (+2 stitches)

      Knit gusset rows 1 – 18. On your next row, knit across first 9 stitches and then thread these stitches and the final 8 stitches from needle 3 onto a scrap of yarn, to work later as thumb. And now, we'll resume our pattern, joining the mitt back in the round at the thumb break. So let's continue as follows.

      Row 1 and all odd rows: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, k6, p2, slip second marker, knit until end of round

      Rows 2, 4, & 6: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Row 8: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, p2, slip 3 stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Knit rows 1 – 8 and then knit row 1 again. Now transfer work to your size 5 dpns, removing markers when you do so. Now we’ll complete the ribbing as follows:

      Ribbing Row: k1,* p2, k2; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left in round, k1

      Knit the ribbing row 4 times and then bind off loosely in pattern. Now, it’s time to make the thumb. So, transfer your thumb stitches to your size 7 dpns, making sure to place stitches from before and after the break on a single needle (the break being where you rejoined the glove in a round after working your thumb gusset). Knit around, picking up one at the break when you get there. Knit 5 rows around in total, and then switch to your size 5 needles and knit two more rows in a * k1, p1 * ribbing. Bind off loosely in pattern, and tuck in ends.

      If so inclined, it’s now time to work the other glove, which is exactly the same except with the cable reversed, so you’ll hold the 3 stitches on your cn at the back rather than the front.

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    5. Hi! So you probably noticed, but I had to divide the size small & medium instructions across two comments, since I hit size limitations. And my standard disclaimer applies: I haven't knit the pattern this way, and may not have puzzled through something correctly. Let me know if you have any issues, or if anything doesn't make sense! :)

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  7. This time of year, as summer starts to fade in the UK, I begin my annual search for winter patterns. I came across this on Ravelry and can't wait to cast on!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! And please, let me know if you have any questions. :)

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  8. Thanks for adding ITR instructions. I think there are probably enough of us out here who prefer knitting in the round (even tho I don't use DPNs) for you to consider a full post with the instructions so we can make use of the PDF Friendly for them. Cut and paste is a bother after being so long spoiled by PDF Friendly!

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    1. Hi Sande!

      I'll consider it! And you're right - the PrintFriendly is so useful that it seems very sad it doesn't work with the comments. :)

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  9. Gretchen, I have made up many of your patterns. Love your designs. This one is a huge favorite - bet I've made it for ten friends so far, in various yarns! Next time - maybe it will be for MY pair? - I'll try the dpn pattern. :)

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    1. Yay! So glad to hear it!!! :) And I know how hard it can be to knit for yourself. Good luck!!!

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  10. Thanks for the beautiful pattern. With straight needles I may be able to make them. Thanks again. I appreciate all the work it must take to design gloves.

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    1. Glad you like them! And please, let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  11. I'm so happy to find this pattern. I've only used straight needles, Continental method, and it's very hard to find fingerless glove patterns that are done flat, not with circular needles. What a relief! Can't wait to try them. It'll be my first time knitting thumbs this (better) way, rather than just casting on extra stitches, knitting a few rows, then binding off the same number of stitches. Not great looking.

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    1. I'm excited that you're excited! Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you're very happy with your finished result!!! :)

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  12. I'm with Sande - have you posted a print-friendly PDF version of your pattern for DP needles? I have copied and pasted your comments, but would also love to see the full DP pattern.

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    1. Ack! I would love to be able to do this for you right now but I've been having trouble with stress injuries in my forearms and have to save all my "juice" for new pattern creation. Apologies! :)

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