05 April 2011

Spring Stripes

April Fool Fingerless Gloves
I haven't thought of myself as particularly fashionable for many, many years, but I won a contest on YuLian Knits last week for saying I try to match my cycling shorts and jerseys to my socks and for trying to match my helmet to my bicycle.

So maybe I do have just a tiny bit of fashionista in me after all!

Another thing I like to do is design matching accessories. So if I find a sock pattern I really like, I like to design gloves, a hat and a cowl to match.

April Fool Fingerless GlovesI recently designed a cowl that seems to have become a real hit, and I like the stitch, striping and texture, too. So I haven't stopped designing with that cowl in mind. Here is the first matching item to go along with Cowlin' Around, and if I can keep my math straight, more patterns to match and coordinate will follow.

This pattern includes knitted cuffs and bands around the top of the fingers and top of the thumb. If knitting is not your thing or you are unable to knit and don't want to learn, omit the first steps and first 13 rounds and chain 48, joining with slip stitch, to begin 14th row. Finish before the final knitted rounds as directed on the fingers and thumb without changing over to knitting needles.

The thumbhole extension also is optional.

If these fingerless gloves, worked in stitch multiples of 8, are too small and adding 8 more stitches would make them too baggy, consider using a larger size hook, such as C or D. Moving up to a thicker yarn, such as sport weight, and using an appropriate-sized hook also will increase the size without having to alter the pattern.

I've written the instructions for two colors, but this pattern also may be worked in one color instead of two if desired. I've used sock/fingering yarn from KnitPicks.com. The solid color for the cuffs and finger bands would be a great way to use up leftovers.

Felici is one of my favorite sock yarns. It is very, very soft, the colors spectacular, and I love limited colorways because that's a great way of ensuring any project isn't going to be duplicated ten million times. I like to be unique, and I like my projects to be one-of-a-kind. Which means don't make your fingerless gloves identical to mine!

You may do whatever you'd like with the gloves you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

April Fool Fingerless Gloves
Materials: 1 50-ounce ball of self-striping sock yarn (I used Felici in Tiki colorway) and a small amount of solid sock yarn in a coordinating color (I used Palette in Conch colorway), size 3 dpns or a size 3 circular sock needle (the cuffs also could be worked on two full-sized circular needles similar to the technique used on socks), size B crochet hook. If you want the gloves to match perfectly, make sure to start the crocheted section of the second glove with the same portion of the colorway used for the first glove.

Finished Size: 4.25 inches across at widest point, 7.75 inches from fingertips to cuff edge
Gauge: 14 dc=2 inches or 5 cms; 6 dc rows=2 inches or 5 cms
Pattern is worked in multiples of 8 stitches

April Fool Fingerless GlovesInstructions

Using dpns or circular needle(s), cast on 60 stitches.

Rounds 1-12: Working in the round with coordinating color, *k 2, p 2, repeat around. Change to main color.
Round 13: Using crochet hook and main color, 1 sc in each loop (or ch if beginning on this round) around; sl st in starting sc.
(If omitting the knitted section, begin here with ch 48; taking care not to twist, sl st into starting ch, ch 1.)
Round 14: Ch 2 (does not count as dc on this round), *1 dc in each of next 4 sc, yo and draw up through next st, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through next st, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook, yo and bring through final 3 loops on hook (dec made); repeat from * around for total of 48 st. Sl st across starting ch 2 into 1st dc.
Round 15: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 24 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 16: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 6 ch 2 points; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 17: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, *sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 18: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, * 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in same sc (inc made), ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 30 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 19: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around, increasing 1 dc 4 times evenly spaced around for a total of 64 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 20: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 32 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 21: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 8 ch 2 points; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 22: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, *sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 23: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, * 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 32 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 24: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around for a total of 64 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 25: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, [ch 1, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc] 7 times, ch 7, sk 15 dc to form thumb hole, *1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 dc; repeat from * around for a total of 25 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 26: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc] twice, sk 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch, sk next 3 ch, 1 dc in next dc, * sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 7 ch 2 points; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
April Fool Fingerless GlovesRound 27: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, * sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 sc tightly in next ch 2 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 28: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, * 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 28 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 29: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around for a total of 56 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Change to coordinating color.
(If omitting knitted edge, stop here, bind off and weave in ends.)
Round 30: With dpns or circular needle(s) and coordinating color, pick up 51 st around for a total of 52 loops (sk 1 st 4 times evenly spaced around).
Rounds 31-35: *K 2, p 2; repeat from * around. Bind off after Round 36; weave in ends.

without thumbhole extension
without thumbhole extension

Optional Thumbhole Extension:

Round 1: With crochet hook and main color, holding glove with finger edge facing you and wrist edge facing away, working thumb hole in the round, work 2 sc in 2nd ch 3 sp, work 2 sc around post of next dc, 1 sc in each of next 15 sc, 2 sc around next dc post, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp for a total of 25 sc; sl st in starting sc.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 12 dc; ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next sc; repeat from * 2 more times for a total of 3 ch 2 points, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last dc on final repeat.
Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), *1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3; repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 instead of last dc on final repeat. Change to coordinating color.
(If omitting knitted section, stop here and bind off. Weave in ends. You're done!)
Round 5: With dpns or two circular needles (this section is too small to use one circular sock needle), pick up 19 st around for a total of 20 loops.
Rounds 6-10: *K 2, p 2; repeat from * around. Bind off after Round 10; weave in ends.

April Fool Fingerless Gloves

8 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I love the stripes and the cowl and gloves ... what a gorgeous set. Your talents never cease to amaze!

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  2. Yeah, spring colors, beautiful ♥

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  3. Hahaha, the comment cracked me up! Nice gloves. Very spring-like!

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  4. I love these and going to try to make them. I am a beginner knitter and will struggle I am sure!

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  5. Those are so caaaauuuuuute! I love that you're mixing it up with a little knitting and crocheting together.

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  6. What fun!! Love the gorgeous colors..and thanks for the pattern. I may have to give it a try!

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  7. I've made the matching cowl, and can't wait to get started on the fingerless gloves. Thanks for the wonderful patterns.

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