Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fishing Gloves

Pattern: Men's Fingerless Gloves
Designer: J. Campbell
Yarn: FibraNatura's Shepherd's Own, color 40009, 1 skein (small amount left over - about 40 yards)
Source: The Fine Line, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $8
Size: Men's Large
Needles: size 1 40" KnitPicks Circular for ribbing and palm, size 2 40" KnitPicks Circular for fingers (both sizes have metal tips)
Gauge before finishing, worked in the round: size 1 needle - 28-30 st and 36 rows to 4" in stockinette stitch
Notes:
  • The pattern is well-written and easy to follow. I have never made gloves before, and when I was able to work on these consistently, I finished the second glove in about a day, which is very fast for me.
  • Fantastic yarn: the yarn that I have been searching for to knit traditional watchcaps or ragg socks. The FibraNatura label announces: "This undyed all natural wool is hand sheared from herds of the Cataluna, Zaragaza, Castilla regions whihc are known for their exceptional quality." I wouldn't want to wear a sweater in this yarn, but for hard-working gloves or socks or perhaps a vest, this yarn looks like it just walked off the spinning wheel and into the showroom. And economical - 250 yards for $8 - particularly when compared to some of the new eco-friendly yarns, which, like too many things that are better for us, are priced way beyond the average person's pocketbook.
  • Here's a closeup: This pattern, in my gauge, fits a large hand of about 8" long from wrist to tip of middle finger. You may want to size up or down by changing the cast-on stitches or the gauge for a different sized hand.

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