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Manly Olive Green Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves

fingerless gloves drops alaskaYes, another pair! I’ve made these in blue, and again in plum, and thought I’d make a pair for my husband, who patiently puts up with yarn orders and my hours reading Ravelry. Being English, he scoffs at most winter wear but agreed that these might be useful.

Project 11 (2015): Manly Olive Green Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves
Pattern: Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Jill Toporkiewicz
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool (50g = 70 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: olive green, 51
Difficulty for me: easier this time
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Stitches: 48
Knitted where: on drive to and from Easter holidays in Tuscany, April 2015
Final size: 26 cm wide, 22 cm long (before sewing sides together)
Final weight: 46-47 grammes each

knitting in TuscanyWe were in Tuscany for Easter, near Gaiole in Chianti, just gorgeous! Olive groves, vineyards, and great food. This was one of the few sunny spells, otherwise it just bucketed down over the long weekend. Most of this was knitted on the autostrada heading north, on Good Friday.

first fingerless glove knittedFirst one knitted. My husband has big hands, 28-30 cm at the widest, so I increased the stitches from 36 to 48. This might still be a bit large, but he asked for them to be roomy, and did not want them longer. I do like this pattern, very easy to knit and then seam up the side, with a gap for the thumb.

imageOf course, it is now spring and far too warm to wear wool in Rome, but he modeled them for me here before they get packed away for the summer. I might try knitting them again in dark grey for a a friend who lives in colder climates, but need to stealthily measure some male hands first, which is not so easy!

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Plum Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves

plum fingerless glovesI just made these in blue, and really liked them, despite my inability to count rows and make these match. So I tried again, with better counting this time! These will be part of a gift for my friend Janice. Related to that, see a a really nice post by the Sweaty Knitter today on Knitters and Gifts.

Project 9 (2015): Plum Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves
Pattern: Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Jill Toporkiewicz
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool (50g = 70 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: dark plum, 53
Difficulty for me: easier this time
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Stitches: 36
Knitted where: morning commute on the bus, Rome March 2015
Final size: 10 cm wide, 20 cm long
Final weight: 34-35 grammes each

knitting on the busSee: good knitting conditions on a Rome bus. We live near the end of the line (the capolinea) so here I am knitting in my preferred single seat, with lots of elbowroom and my handbag safely on my lap. Many buses are really crowded, and there are pickpockets on the more central routes, so I really treasure my 20 minutes of quiet knitting time on the morning commute. Of course, at least once a week the bus skips a round, and I have to get the metro instead, which is a much rougher start to the day than calmly knitting and seeing each project evolve.

plum fingerless glovesThis time, they even match! Easy knitting in waffle stitch and stockinette in Drops Alaska. To make bigger fingerless gloves for my husband, who is patiently enduring knitting projects and yarn piles, I’ll make the next ones a bit bigger. Those might need to be 7-8 cm wider, about 7x K2P2, so maybe 50 stitches to start. Worth a try.

GarbatellaSpring morning in Garbatella, we had cappuccini up the hill here this morning. Lovely day!

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Blue Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves (which almost match…)

Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves I’d made a tuck-in scarf for a birthday present, not entirely successfully, and optimistically thought I’d add some wrist warmers to make a set. After hours and hours of browsing Ravelry (wonderful!), I found these, for which the same yarn could be used. Super simple, I thought, and knitted away. Optimism cometh before a fall…..

Project 7 (2015): Blue Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves
Pattern: Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Jill Toporkiewicz
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool (50g = 70 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: medium blue, 57
Difficulty for me: easy (I thought…..)
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Stitches: 36
Knitted where: morning commute on the bus, Rome March 2015
Final size: 10 cm wide, 20 cm long
Final weight: 34-35 grammes each

imageLovely to knit, very simple: garter stitch (rillestrikk in Norwegian), stockinette (rettstrikk in Norwegian), and waffle stitch. After knitting on 4-5 needles and finding that really slow going, I wanted something to knit on circular needles that could be sewn up afterwards. The pattern is Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Jill Toporkiewicz (on Ravelry) and it is very well explained. I might try this on a dishcloth in cotton as well. For the fingerless gloves, you sew them up on the side, leaving a gap for the thumb.mismatchedBut what happened here? They do not match? Clearly there I miscounted along the way, happily knitting away on my rattling bus in the mornings, and I had not compared the two until I was almost done with the second one. Hmmmmm. I had a cup of tea, watched another episode of ” Call the Midwife”  and decided this could be salvaged, as long as they were roughly the same size. Next time I’ll keep the pattern with me, not just a scrawled Post-It with rough notes. Still, the set still looks nice, and I do like the yarn, so I’ll try again, with better counting this time!

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Turquoise and purple wrist warmers

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Knitting without deadlines is lovely. There are enough time limits elsewhere in life: work, bills, other requirements, so this little set of wrist warmers was nice to knit. These will be a gift, but there was no urgency here. January does feel long and slightly grim, despite having Roman sunshine and no bitter winter here. The sage plant on the balcony is flourishing, the mint plant is coming back, and I will likewise look for green shoots (enjoyable things to do) though it is very tempting to book the next trip, or order more books or yarn…… No, there are lots of skeins to knit, seasonal cooking to do (artichokes, oranges, brassicas) and Christmas gifts to read, so lots of promising possibilities! I hope your January also has some excellent potential.

Project 3 (2015): Turquoise and purple wrist warmers
Pattern: DROPS Halloween: Knitted Wrist warmers with picot edge in ”Delight”, free online.
Yarn: Drops Delight (75% wool, 25% polyamid), 50gr = 175 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: 09, turquoise and black
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 2.5 mm.
Knitted where: Rome, December 2014 – January 2015.
Final size: 19 cm wide
Final weight: 32 grammes
47 stitches, last 4 stitches are picot edge. See pattern for explanation.

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The picot edge over the last four stitches was the same as on the purple wrist warmers just knitted, and I have gotten the hang of that. More even than the first attempts! The purple ones were a little wide for the recipient of those at 18 cm, recommended width, so I measured my friends hands (22 cm at the eidest) and knitted these to 19 cm. Hopefully they will fit her well. The yarn Drops Delight is a wool blend, nice to knit with on smaller needles.
IMG_3601Ready for my friend, when she gets back from Milan!

 

 

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Purple wrist warmers

purple wrist warmersOKAfter knitting various dishcloths and washcloths, I looked at simple wrist warmers and thought – hey, those are just rectangles…. And since a) the office is freezing and b) my colleague just bought dark purple boots that she adores, these will be her New Year’s gift. So nice to knit now without Christmas deadlines!

Project 1 (2015): Purple wrist warmers in Brushed Alpaca Silk
Pattern: Drops Warm Embrace
Yarn: Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk (77% alpaca, 23% silk), 25 grammes = 140 metres
Yarn purchased: Online in Italy, November 2014
Colour: 10, soft dark purple
Difficulty for me: easy-ish
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm; the yarn has 5 mm recommended
Stitches: 34
Knitted where: on train Rome-Milan-Rome, January 2014
Final size: About 18 wide and 14-15 cm long
Final weight: 13 grammes for set of two

imagePattern: is Drops Warm Embrace (in Norwegian) and in English. Start with 34 stitches on 2.5 mm round needles, garter stitch row 1 and 2, garter stitch with picot edge rows row 3 and 4. Repeat. It’s relatively easy, and the instructions are straightforward. Lovely soft yarn to knit with too.