I prefer gloves over mittens, and handknit gloves over commercially knitted gloves, of course! My hands are small, particularly in the finger area, so handknit gloves are perfect—I can make the fingers as short as necessary-—no floppy fingertips for me!
Connie Chang Chinchio's Ornati Gloves, from her new book Textured Stitches, are beautiful. I especially love the cuffs. Long cuffs are great for the cold winters here in Spokane because they tuck under my coat sleeves so thechilly air can't touch my wrists.
Here's what Connie has to say about her gloves:
"Rows of vikkel braids (a traditional Estonian stitch that lays flat) across the cuffs, pearl-like buttons, and argyle motifs—composed of stacked twisted stitches-along the backs of the hands give a feminine feel to these decorative gloves. These gloves begin with the cuffs, which are worked flat; then stitches are picked up for the hands, which are worked in the round. The hands are best worked with the magic-loop method that allows knitting very small circumferences (like fingers) on circular needles. A fine-gauge yarn ensures that all the elements fit comfortably within the confines of this limited canvas."
The argyle cable panel on the Ornati is so pretty (the chart is at right); it would be really nice on the ends of a matching scarf. You would need to make the scarf in two parts and connect them at the back of the neck so that the argyle diamonds would mirror each other. (Although the design is so symmetrical that I don't think anyone would notice that the stitches go one way on one end of the scarf and another way on the other end of the scarf!)
But back to glove knitting . . .
Gloves aren't the easiest knitted accessories to make, but they are really rewarding when you finish them. One of the most common complaints about glove knitting is the little holes that sometimes (always, for me) appear at the bottom of the fingers.
Here are some tips (from Ann Budd's book The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns) to help you avoid those holes, and a couple of other goodies.
- To help eliminate holes at the base of fingers, pick up and knit one or two more stitches than required when you begin a finger, then decrease the extra stitch or stitches on the first round of knitting.
- When joining yarn for fingers or thumb, leave a long tail that can be used later to close up any gaps or to duplicate-stitch over misshapen stitches.
- As you knit, poke the finished fingers into the hand to keep them out of your way.
- When ending fingers on a glove, bread the yarn and thread the tail through the live stitches twice-doing so will fill the loops of the remaining live stitches and thus give a better finish.
Get your copy of Textured Stitches today; I know you'll love it as much as I do!