Emergency Knits

We have been happily living through the school holidays and all of a sudden I have come to the realization that ‘the little one’ is going on a two night school excursion to Canberra in a few days time! Uh, that came ’round fast! Quick, cast on some fingerless gloves!!!

DSCN6553I used some ‘hand me down, leftover yarns’ inherited from Sue. One glove was cast on before the little one had a general anesthetic to get her tooth removed on Friday afternoon, and by the time she came round I was nearly ready to cast off. The other glove was cast on before her soccer game on Sunday, and as the whistle blew at the end of the match only the thumb was left to be knit.

So, these gloves are great gifts for special people – and why not make a pair for yourself? This is how to do it:
This free pattern is for medium sized fingerless gloves, so that is an average ladies’ size.

You need 5mm dpn and 60 gr of 8ply yarn.
My gauge worked out to be 17st to 10cm worked in stocking stitch (knitted tightly!)

Cast on 28st on 5mm dpns
work 20 rows in a 1:1 rib
work 4 rows in stocking stitch
Thumb gusset:
continue to work stocking stitch for another 17 rows:
M1 in row 1, M1 either side of that new stitch in row 4 and continue to M1 either side on the new stitches every 3rd row (row 7, 10, 13, 16) until the gusset has got 11 stitches. Put stitches on hold after row 17.
Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch.
Knit 5 rows in 1:1 rib.
Cast off all stitches (I sewed the stitches off, June Hemmons Hiatt calls it “garter stitch cast off”, but you can use any old method…)
Pick up the 11 thumb stitches and pick up 3 new stitches: insert needle in the stitches one row below where the gusset begins/ ends and M1 between the gusset stitches.
Row 1: decrease 2 st of the 3 new st: slip1, knit 2 tog, pass slipped stitch over
Knit a total of 5 rows in stocking stitch, 3 rows of 1:1 rib.
Weave in your yarn ends!

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