Surprise Finish – Tipless gloves

I was considering which one of the many things on my list I was going to finish this month, and decided on cracking on with my gloves. I had done quite a lot of work on them last month as I spent a fair few hours on trains and I find knitting on dpns is a pretty train friendly craft. I find knitting on normal needles needs more elbow room than a train seat normally provides, but with dpns I hold myself differently.

So on my trip home I managed to do the majority of the hand part of the glove, and when I went to pick them up the other day, I had much less to do than I had remembered, hence the surprise finish.

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Knitting these gloves has been an interesting journey. Its only my second time using dpns, and as with my socks I’ve not quite nailed keeping tension the same across the pair but they fit comfortably so it doesn’t matter too much. The pattern is Treads by Victoria Anne Baker and was a free download from Ravelry. I really wanted proper tipless gloves as I don’t like the inability to do things that comes with gloves but wanted something a little more complex (and warm) than just handwarmers. I used Cool Woo Big Melange by Lana Grossa, which is a gorgeously soft merino wool but as its quite loosely spun I had to be careful not to split it.

The pattern was very easy to follow, even the slightly complicated lateral braid (which is even harder in my tight tension). I really love the look  of the lateral braid and will definitely try and use it again.

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Doing the fingers was tricky. This was the only place I found the instructions a little tricky. It turns out a fourchette stitch isn’t a stitch method but the name of the stitches that sit between the fingers allowing you to move them sideways. You create them by casting on new stitches. It took me a bit of googling to figure this out but once I had it was easy to do. The tricky or fiddly bit was all the attaching the wool and weaving in ends. It takes ages. For the first glove I did it all at the end but on the second glove, I did it as I went along – a much better choice.

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So here we are another finish, which seeing as I’ve already been bookmarking cardigan patterns is probably a good thing, and it gives me a some time to put a few hours into other projects.

July 2017

This month has mostly been knitting. Unfortunately I’ve need the repetitive calming motion of knitting straight rows quite a bit this month, but at least it means my scarf is coming on nicely.

  1. Fingerless Gloves – I took this with me on some long train journeys so I’ve done quite a bit, just the fingers to go on the second glove
  2. Fringed Handbag – No change
  3. Bead Embroidery Purse -No change
  4. Learning Curve Sampler Quilt – No change
  5. Shoulder heat packs – No change
  6. Lip balm cozies – No change
  7. A peyote stitch beaded case for business cards – its now ~1/3 done
  8. A knitted scarf with beads – I used up all the beads I had added at the beginning so added more
  9. The right cross stitch – I haven’t touched this this month
  10. Ivy trails necklace – I’m about three quarters through

 

My only finish is my EPP panel, which I even managed to write up, so it’s not all bad. I have however finished some of the easier of the long term projects on the list, so lets see what I finish next. I’m hoping it will actually be shorter next month