Posts Tagged ‘gloves’

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Since my last post…

March 31, 2014

A hat, with trains on (on Ravelry)

(actually two of these)

A sausage dog (on Ravelry)

A little amigurumi owl (on Ravelry)

(actually several of these)

A boy cardigan (on Ravelry)

Some hand warmers for me (on Ravelry)

(actually two pairs of these)

A santa hat (on Ravelry)

Some cotton washcloths for my vegan sister-in-law (Ravelry)

And some toddler socks. (Ravelry)

And that only takes us up to the end of 2013!

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Owl Wrist Warmers

July 21, 2013

The next thing I made was something for myself. I don’t make many things for myself these days so it was a bit of a treat. New gloves – with owls on them!

I’ve seen this owl motif on all sorts of things on Ravelry. There’s a particularly lovely sweater with the motif around the yoke which made me drool, but I’m not much of a sweater-wearer and couldn’t justify the time to make something I’d rarely wear. Then I saw this pattern on the front of Mollie Makes magazine and knew that it was for me.

It was my first go with a cable needle and I’m pleased to report that it was as easy as pie – not nearly as complicated as it looks. The gloves came out a bit on the small side – at first I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get them on – but they stretched a bit and were just snug, which was actually pretty nice.

Unfortunately they didn’t last long. I missed a knot coming up in the yarn and knitted over it – eventually it worked its way undone and left an annoying hole in the palm of one glove. I guess I’ll just have to make another pair in time for winter!

Pattern: Owl Wrist Warmers by Tanya Antonova from Mollie Makes, issue 21 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky
Hook: 5.0 mm

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Chevron lace fingerless mitts

January 22, 2012

I got two brilliant new craft books for Christmas, both of which had been on my wish list for a while. The first was Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant and the second was I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks by Karen Whooley. I was probably more excited about the concept of crocheting socks to begin with, but as soon as I browsed the one-skein wonders book, a dozen projects were crying out to me and demanding my time right away. I do have rather a lot of stashed sock yarn and quite a bit of it was purchased before I knew much about knitting socks. You know, little things like hand knitted socks can be itchy unless you buy just the right yarn – and hand knitted socks are super-cozy and warm but your feet might not actually fit inside your shoes when you’re wearing them unless you go up a shoe size!

So the first project I decided to tackle was not socks, but these fingerless gloves. I needed to learn a few new skills to make them:

* Crochet picot cast on! A completely new concept to me – crocheting onto a knitting needle. Very confusing at first, but how completely clever once you’ve worked it out!

* Using a stitch-marker! I really don’t know how I got by until now without knowing this, but I really didn’t know how to use a stitch-marker properly before. I have some which are like little tiny plastic paper clips and have always used them by hooking them around the yarn itself. I couldn’t find them when I needed them though, which caused much cursing and rummaging and made me very stressed indeed, until I remembered I had these beautiful beaded stitch markers which my lovely friend Amanda made for me a few years ago. “But I can’t hook them over the yarn, they don’t have an opening!”, I thought, and finally went off to Google to search for how to use a stitch-marker properly. You just slip it over the needle. How silly did I feel? It’s easy when you know how!

* Thumbs! I’ve never knitted anything with thumbs (or fingers) before. It was a little bit daunting at first but worked out fine. I’m not sure what I was so worried about.

* Picot bind-off! Fortunately the instructions for this were included in the pattern so I couldn’t go too far wrong.

And I love them! The only thing I would do differently is to make them a bit smaller (by using smaller needles). I wish I had checked Ravelry before I begun knitting as I found that almost everyone who’d made these before me had said the same thing. I may well make another pair before long though as they were a really quick knit.

Pattern: Chevron Lace Fingerless Mitts by Lynne A Evans from Sock-Yarn One Skein Wonders (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Wendy Happy Bamboo yarn in Lavender (2525)
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs (but I would use 2.5mm or even 2.25mm if I were to make them again)

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Christmas wrist warmers

December 10, 2011

The start of the Christmas season is always marked for me by our village Christmas fayre, which usually happens on the first Friday in December. It really brings the community together — one of the main roads through the village is closed and stalls are set up, offering crafts, gifts and raffles — as well as hot dogs, mulled wine, mince pies and beer from a local brewery. The local schools and scout groups take part, and it was made all the more fun for me this year because I was playing with the band.

I’d been warned how cold it can be, standing on the street corner playing carols in December, so I decided to make myself some Christmassy fingerless mittens to wear while I was playing.

I used Lucy of Attic24’s pattern for wrist warmers again — I made some striped ones a couple of years ago and practically lived in them I liked them so much.

Here they are:

The details:

Pattern: Wrist warmers by Lucy of Attic24 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK in red (and white, for the edging)
Hook: 4mm

They got lots of compliments and I’ve already been asked to make another pair by one of my fellow band-members for next time we’re out playing in the cold!