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Fingerless Gloves – a pattern

A friend sent me a picture and pattern of some fingerless gloves and asked if I could knit them for her.

The picture was good, but the pattern….not so much.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my very first knitting pattern.  Designed by moi.  Yes, it’s a beginner pattern, but we can’t make fancy things all the time now can we? Must indulge in some TV knitting sometimes.

Here is the very untechnical pattern:

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn (about 1/2 skein for two gloves)
  • 4 double pointed needles (dpns) size 4
  • stitch marker
  • scrap yarn (about 12 inches)

Gauge – unknown.  Sorry folks, I just can’t be bothered.

Size – one size fits all

Instructions

  • Cast on 40 stitches. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist
  • K1P1 rib for 8 rows
  • Stockinette stitch for 40 rows (in the round, this means knit every row)
  • Knit 7 stitches onto scrap yarn, slip these sts back onto needle and knit them again using working yarn. Knit as usual to end of round.
  • Knit 15 more rounds in stockinette stitch
  • K1P1 rib for 4 rows
  • Bind off all 4o stitches
  • To make thumb hole: carefully remove scrap yarn and place resulting live sts on 2 dpns; 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach working yarn and knit the 7 sts on lower needle. Using 3rd dpn, pick up and knit 2 sts on the left side of the opening (between upper and lower needle), knit first 3 sts from upper needle. With 4th dpn, knit remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and knit 2 stitches on right side of opening. This gives you 17 sts. Knit 2 rounds. Bind off loosely.
  • Weave in ends

That’s it. Make 2 of these bad boys and give them to someone with cold hands for Christmas.  I dare you.

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Knitting for Money

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

I love knitting, and I love making money, but I don’t know if I like them together.

A friend from church asked me if I would knit her 2 pair of fingerless gloves. She would buy the yarn and give me the pattern, I would make them, and she would pay me for my time.

Sounds simple. And fingerless gloves?  Kid stuff.  I’ve made 3 or 4 pairs of fingerless gloves from a much more complicated pattern for myself and as gifts . No sweat.

Before I even cast on the first stitches I began to get nervous. My needles are 2 sizes smaller than the pattern calls for.  What if that makes the gloves too small for her?  How long does she want the ribbing? Does she want them to be really tight or do tight gloves drive her crazy?

I drove myself crazy with this line of thinking.

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I finally got the dang things started, freaked out that they would be too small, tore it out, started over with more stitches, and made a fingerless glove. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

I’m not sure I can handle this stress. I don’t like being a perfectionist.

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