Saturday, October 13, 2012

Two for One

I have 2 things to share with you today. First a pattern and second a tutorial!!
 
 
 
 
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I first worked these fingerless gloves up for my two little girls to match some leg warmers that I had made, and they love them. I quickly decided I need various sizes and started making them for a bazaar. Everyone fell in love with them, so I decided to share them with you!. These are available in toddler, kiddie, youth, adult and XLarge. They will fit almost anyone. The fingerless gloves are worked from the top down for a customized length, and in the round so there is absolutely NO seaming involved. The possibilities for these are endless, I am providing you with a quick easy version in stockinette stitch. When making your own pair experiment with ribbing or color work.

 

Skill Level: Beginer

 

Materials:

 small amount of a worsted wieght yarn ( I used vannas choice)

size 7 needles (DPN or circular)

 stitch marker

 yarn needle.

 

Gauge: 4SPI, or 16 stitches in 4 inches. row gauge doesnt matter since we are working to a measurement.

 

sizes:

Toddler, Kiddie, Youth, Adult, XLarge, Mens

 

Stitch Guide:

2X2 ribbing = K2, P2 * around to end

Stockinette stitch = in the round it is knitting all stitches

BO = bind off

CO = Cast on

 

 Pattern is written for the smallest size with all larger sizes in parenthesis.

 

CO 24(24, 28, 32, 36, 40)

Evenly distribute the stitches between which ever type of  needles you decide to use, whether it be DPN or on long circular for working in the round. Place a marker to mark the begining of each round.

Work 2x2 ribbing by alternating knitting 2 stitches and purling 2 stitches all the way around. Continue the ribbing for a total of 5 rows. * If you would prefer a tighter rib I encourage you to go down one or two needle sizes to achieve this.

We are now switching to stockinette stitch by just knitting all the stitches.( If you would like a tighter glove then continue with the ribbing. ) Continue in stockinette stitch untill entire piece measures 1 (1.5, 2, 2.75, 2.75, 3.5) inches

Thumb hole : knit 2 stitches, BO 3 ( 3, 4, 4, 5, 6) using Jennys Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Knit the remainder of the stitches to the end.

Knit 2 stitches, CO 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) using a backwards loop cast on, knit to end.

Continue working in stockinette stitch until gloves measure 3.25 (4.25, 5.25, 6.25, 6.25, 7.25)" work  5 rows of 2x2 ribbing and BO using a stretchy bind off.

 
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A tutorial



Casting on for 2 at a time



Sometimes I think when knitting the worst part can be sleeves or legs, they seem to go on forever and then you need to make sure they are even. Well do get away with this I work them both at the same time.
I just recently wrote up my first pattern for fingerless gloves and wanted to use my easy way out. So I am sharing with you how I cast on and work two at a time. What you are going to need is yarn but thats a given, some double pointed needles and a long circular needle.
Wind your skein into 2 balls, or cakes whatever you prefer to work with.

To begin, Cast on all your stitches onto 1 DPN




Next up you are going to transfer half of those stitches to a second double pointed needle . Slip then purl wise onto the needle. It will look like this.
You are treating each end of the circular like its a separate needle (technically it is lol just attached) What you are going to do is slip them purlwise onto these needles. We are slipping them from where they are already joined NOT where they need to be joined. The working yarn and tail are at the other end of the DPN. Now slip these purlwise onto your circular needle. The tail and working yarn will be closest to your needle tips.



Here is a close up for you to see a lil better.




Do the same for the second arm/leg or wrist warmer what ever it is you are working 2 at a time on. From the second ball or cake of yarn.


Now you can start working in the round. The way to do this is lay your work out in front of you like I have, move the stitches w/ the tail yarn closest to the needles tip. Also slide the stitches attached to your working yarn to the cable, by pulling out that needle tip. Being careful not to twist your stitches. To avoid twisting I put all the 'ridges' to the center.



Be sure to place a stitch marker to mark the begining of your rounds. Here you can see I have worked 1/2 of 1 side of the fingerless glove



Contine working each side, making sure you are working each leg, arm, wrist or what ever it is from its own ball of yarn, otherwise you wil end up w/ a mess of joined pieces and might get confused. The yarn will be worked along a side, around the cable and along the second side.


I hope this was of some help to you all. If you already have live stitches you can just skip ahead and slip the stitches 1/2 on each needle onto your circular and just work them across, around the cable, and back across. I find it saves me time and lots of aggrivation. And will eliminate SECOND SOCK SYNDROM (insert dun dun dun right here) If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will try to help you out.