The cat did something unspeakable

010 Floral 2Something made from odds and ends and yarn scraps is always satisfying but it may be a while before I work another pair of multi-coloured gloves.  The reworked floral muhu mashup gloves version 2 are safely put away – not so the useable odds and ends!

The shortened thumb gusset and the quirks between the fingers and behind the thumb ensure a snug fit.  The simplified salt and pepper pattern on the fingers and thumb make them a little quicker to make although there have been lots of ends to darn.  These ends are all in the “useless yarn” bag for another project.  Placing surface patterning on a sore thumb glove is easier than some other glove styles so it is onto another pair.  Just need to see what complete balls of co-ordinating yarn I have under the bed.

The cat ate grass.  I will leave you to figure out what happened next.

 

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It’s the quirk that works

Finally finished

Finished prototype floral gloves

The floral prototype gloves from my  last post were finished eventually and I even mustered the enthusiasm to shorten the thumb and lengthen the pinky when it was evident they were going to be good enough to gift.

They have been a bit of a labour of love with so many yarn changes and issues with pattern placement and motif design worked through.  The current pair simplify the surface design, tweak the hand length and experiment with roositud.The most satisfying result has been the working of the quirks behind the thumb. Two triangles, one worked at the back of the thumb, the other on the upper hand are simply worked by decreasing at the thumb “corners” over three rounds until all extra stitches for the back of the thumb have been eliminated.  In this instance 6 stitches were cast on for the thumb and 7 for the upper hand (one extra for the pattern to eventually be continuous on the upper hand).

I am sold on sore thumb gloves.  Surface design seems easier and the addition of the thumb quirk ensures a fine fit.  I had always shied  away from them – perhaps it is the unnatractive name given to this sideways placed thumb.  Smart is more apt since it is possible to create a glove that can be worn on either hand.

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Off the cuff

Shorten the thumb and ...

Shorten the thumb and …

The latest prototype, improvised around a Muhu cuff, continues slowly.  With just three fingers on each hand left to do and a myriad of problems worked through along the way the revised pattern is already on a spreadsheet.

... stretch the pinky

… stretch the pinky

The excessively short pinky means they can only fit me unless I muster up the enthusiasm to rework the finger end. Oh dear, I should have taken greater care to work out the finger charts before I actually reached them.

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Easing the tension

Muhu and Fair Isle mashup

Muhu and Fair Isle mashup.  Wooden needles used to prevent a tight knit.

I normally knit small projects with steel needles.  Tension is generally tight and I have to make a conscious effort with fingers not to work too tight.  With the current project using three colours in some rows tension is likely to be even more of an issue.  It seems a problem easily sorted – replace steel with wood.  Why?  Probably scared of breaking the needles.  Also, actually using six instead of five needles seems to help.

The current project is a bit of a Muhu mashup.  I have taken the cuff idea from Nancy Bushs’ Muhu Gloves . Keeping the proportions and braid arrangement the same I have just changed the pattern in the central band with a floral motif.

Raised or lifted increases work well shaping the thumb gusset

Raised or lifted increases work well shaping the thumb gusset

The hand patterning takes the pinwheel pattern used on a previous project, reduces their size adds a well placed purl and hey presto a violet is created.  The motif is an opportunity to use up tiny amounts of scrap yarn and the whole design is tied together with a neutral background and some green striped trellis.

It has not been plain sailing however.  I normally favour a recessed purl to delineate the thumb gusset and increase using make 1 right/left.  Due to constantly changing colours this did not work.  The solution was to change the increase method and oh my – perfection.  Two excellent videos from New Stitch a Day, namely Left Loop Increase and Right Loop Increase explain the mechanics.

A few well placed twisted stitches to tame tails and disguise the jog

A few well placed twisted stitches to tame tails and disguise the jog

Then there were a few issues with pattern placement at the base of the thumb gusset, easily sorted with salt and pepper.  The biggest issue has come from the making the round join look and feel acceptable.  Carrying unused yarns and weaving yarns about this area have produced some very shoddy samples.  Presently I am crossing the green stripe stitches at the join and this is sufficient to catch the background yarn not in use.  I think what might be best is to make a feature of the jogging and reposition the violets so that they fade into salt and pepper about the round join.

A final word about yarn dominanace.  An excellent post by Paper Tiger explains all this.  To emphasise the flowers the brightly coloured yarns are the dominant yarns.

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One thing leads to another and another …

March has come and gone –  a few bits made,  lots of ideas played around with and more yarn wasted and discarded than actually made into anything purposeful.  I took the moquette glove pattern worked one fingerless mitt and worked the second of the pair in a chevron design.  The chevron then led to experimenting with a zig-zag design. Dragging the zig zag patterned cells in Excel yielded a further design and another pair of mis-matched fingerless mittens created.  The patterns bore a passing similarity to Turkish weaves and led me to Turkish sock patterns and I am waiting on the delivery of a classic by  Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.

Thinking about the journey above though it all started with the pinwheel pattern and it is almost full circle.  Whilst I am waiting for PGR’s book I have played around with florals.  The little violets on the current project are, in essence, coloured pinwheels.

 

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Glenurquhart gloves done – pattern chart ready

Originally posted on click'n'knit:

With just two fingers to go it was not impossible to finish the Glenurqhart Glove inspired by Sanquhar today.  I can’t promise that the charts are 100% perfect but they can easily be tweaked and amended should errors be found.

With just a wash and block needed the next pair are already in the planning.

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‘Moquette’ gloves

Glow-in-the-dark celestial and rosehip

Glow-in-the-dark celestial and rosehip

Take a simple repeating pattern and a limited palette of eye-popping colours and you have the basis for creating  a design for public transport upholstery.  This latest glove design looks as if it could have been inspired by the TfL underground.

The gloves have been worked in 4ply/fingering wool and the dense patterning means the gloves will keep hands warm.  The colours from KnitPicks palette will not be for everyone and if I am honest I have only used them here because I could not realistically see the them being used in anything else.  This however has been a happy accident and subsequent investigation into moquette and the style in which we travel has been fascinating.

moquette gloves schematic can be downloaded should you want to re-create your own version.  Alternatively you might want to wait for the fingerless version charts.  As for this pair, they are being gifted to someone who I think will really appreciate them.

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