Frivolous fingers — January 2006

I’ve been looking for a fingerless gloves pattern pretty much since I started knitting, and knew when I saw it that this was it. I’m all about the glove-wearing when it’s cold, but I also end up taking them off every five minutes to fiddle around in my bag for my tube pass, or to find a tissue or some lipgloss or to change the next song on my iPod. So ones which were warm but which left my fingertips free were precisely what I needed. These gloves make me smile — they’re completely ridiculous, but also very luxurious to wear (silk, mohair and cashmere).

The pattern was knit flat (the base and palm knit flat, then each thumb/finger knit flat as well and then seamed before the next one is knitted), so had rather less knitting and significantly more faffy sewing than I would prefer. But I’ve also got enough yarn left to make a whole ‘nother pair, so one day I might re-visit the gloves and work out a way of knitting them in the round.

The best thing about the design is the mix of yarns — I would never have considered putting these two together before, but they work fabulously. I wonder if there is a mistake in the yarns asked for, though — the pattern suggests Kid Silk Haze (fine), and then the mysterious ‘RYC Cashmino DK’. I dutifully went off to John Lewis, only to be met with a blank stare when I asked for the latter. A google search also yields no results, so I think it’s an error. But if anyone reading this has ever heard of that yarn, do let me know. In the end I guess-chose a yarn which I hoped would best fit, and it worked beautifully.

Details: ‘Frivolous fingers’ from hats gloves scarves by Louisa Harding, knitted in Rowan Kid Silk Haze and RYC Cashsoft 4 ply on 4mm bamboo circular needles.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Kirses says:

    i love those – the colour, the fingerlessness – everything. wish i could knit.

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  2. felinity says:

    Thank you. This time last year I couldn’t knit much either — you should give it a go! <>Stitch’n’Bitch<> is a really helpful starting point for beginners.

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  3. Linz says:

    I’m pretty sure what you’re looking for is RYC cashsoft DK (by Rowan):http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=1888

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  4. felinity says:

    I think you’re probably right, thank you. I’m a bit better on my yarn weights now, but always still learning!

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  5. lore says:

    I am planning on knitting these gloves but I am confused on one point and was wondering whether you could help. The book says that the Rowan Kid Silk Haze needs to be doubled throughout. How do you double it, as you only have one ball? Do I need to undo the entire ball of wool? Thanks, and the gloves look lovely in those colours!

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  6. felinity says:

    Thank you!What I did was wind a new ball from the working end of the existing one. I very roughly guessed when I was about half-way through (from weighing them up in each hand) and broke the yarn between the two balls there, but it didn’t matter particularly because there was loads left over afterwards.Hope that makes sense! And good luck. I really like these gloves, although I got a bit fed up with all the fiddly seaming (there has to be a way of knitting them in the round, but haven’t got around to devising it, yet).

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  7. Carol B says:

    I have hats,gloves,scarves by Louisa Harding. The Rowan Kid silk haze in Dewberry was easy to find and your tip of how to use it double was good. Am having trouble with the DK cashmino in Thunder presume this is also Rowan?Carol B

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