I’ve decided I have bored myself being in a “humphy mood ” – definitely a day for pulling on my BGK’s and getting on with getting on. Articles sent off pre-deadline and as a reward I finished another one of my Frugal Stash-busting presents before wading into the rest of the To-Do list.
Usual caveat applies – if these appear in your stocking on Christmas morning then …………….. well just pretend to be surprised – OK??
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Cute little pair of fingerless gloves – made in china blue and white stripes for an Emo teen completely obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland” – hence the colour scheme. But you could knit these up in random stripes or self coloured or do the welts a different yarn …… whatever is in your stash is the aim for these little beauties.
Best thing is that these are pretty simple to do as you knit them up on two needles only – no fancy 4 pin or magic loop to contend with – just straight back and forth. The thumb is pretty easy to shape as long as you follow the instructions carefully for the increase row.
They use 70g of Double Knitting for the pair …………. and take a short evening each to knit up – so I bet you could knit a pair for all those “difficult to shop for” people on your list between now and Christmas.
With 3mm pins cast on 42 stitches and work 6 rows in 2 x 2 rib (K2, P2)
Then you work 26 rows in stocking stitch (Knit one row then purl the next) ending on a purl row.
Make yourself a couple of stitch markers by tying some brightly coloured yarn around a pencil and securing with a double knot and trimming the excess- it leaves you with a loop than you can easily slip over to keep your place when you shaping the thumb.
Row 1: K19, place marker, M1, K4, M1, place marker, K19
Row 2: Purl
Increase Row: Knit to first marker, slip marker onto the needle, Make 1 stitch, Knit to second marker, Make 1 stitch, slip marker, Knit to the end of the row.
Continue making and increase row on every Knit row until you have 16 stitches between the two markers ending on a knit row.
Cast off thumb: Purl along to the first marker. Cast off the 16 stitches between the marker and purl to the end of the row.
Close up Thumb: Knit 18 stitches – you should have one stitch left before the cast off edge begins. Knit into the back of the stitch on the left needle (see where my finger is resting?) Then knit the stitch that is left on the right needle. Its a bit fiddly but it twists the stitches together to make a strong neat join.
So grab yourself a yarn needle and sew up the glove matching up the stripes if you have made them.
TA-DA!!!! How camp are these? She will love them …………. in fact I am tempted to see if I have enough blue left over to make myself a pair to keep my fingers cosy on the school walk. Might have to be in pink though – maybe even in moss stitch – what do you think??
This is such a versatile pattern that you could run them up in so many variations – no two pairs need ever be the same!! And who wouldn’t love a pair of soft hand-knitted gloves on Christmas day??
So – go to it!!! Go bust that stash!!! Who is up for some groovy knitting this weekend then?
Here are a few more projects which make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts: