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July 19, 2010

Hand knit gloves, perfect in July

They're all done!


My completed hand knit gloves. These were knitted using Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in color 256 on size US 3 needles. For the pattern, I went with the glove recipe in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges. I can't recommend this book highly enough. You can use the pattern to create a custom item that fits you and works with your yarn.

Not easy to take a picture of your own hands, you know.

The second glove knitted up faster since I knew what I was doing but the first one wasn't terribly difficult or anything, just a little time-consuming. These gloves only used a portion of my skein of sock yarn, I still have enough left for at least one more glove, two if they're fingerless. Of course my poor skein of yarn is in three pieces now since I dug around inside it for hours one day trying to match the colorway of glove #2 to the exact colorway of glove #1. The gloves aren't perfectly matchy-matchy but it's Noro, it's going to be a little slubby and uneven and I got the colors close enough for my liking. I just didn't want my gloves looking like they'd been knit from different skeins of yarn. Also, I may be slightly crazy that way.

There are a few mistakes and my stitches are a little tight but I think my gloves sort of perfectly capture the state of mind I was in when I started the project. I'm also ridiculously proud of my handiwork here. Handiwork! If you had told me five or six years ago that one day I would be knitting my own gloves on tiny little toothpick needles with tiny skinny little sock yarn I would have laughed at you and asked what you were drinking. And, based on where I was in my life five years ago, I would have asked to share whatever you were drinking. Not only was I uninterested in small, time-consuming projects, I was completely unable to read a pattern back then.

These gloves were not the most complicated thing I have ever knitted (that honor goes to my entrelac scarf, maybe, or the red baby sweater, only because those crazy Debbie Bliss instructions are impossible to decipher.) But I think this is the project I am most proud of by a long shot. Sock knitting didn't take with me and while I love my hats and scarves and weird inventions, I think gloves are by far one of the most fun things I've ever made (I also loved making mittens, but I think I'll wear gloves more often.) Of course it's July in the Valley so what do I know. At this rate I may have to move to the north pole.

Here are some outtakes from the bigtime glove fashion shoot:




My next projects are all hats. A hat for my dad (at his request, very exciting) and a hat for my mom. She already picked out some yarn from my stash but then mentioned she also wants a hat in navy blue and lime green stripes, so I might make her two hats. Hats for all!

Happy summer knitting ... crank up the A/C!

Posted by laurie at July 19, 2010 10:40 AM