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July 19, 2010

Hand knit gloves, perfect in July

They're all done!

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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.

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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:

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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