Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Good Gift

The best Christmas knitting happens when you put aside your own preferences and instead consider the preferences of the recipient.  This past week I've been knitting for a co-worker, an older gentleman who has taught me a lot and who will soon be leaving our company.  His style is old-school British and that means plain knitting folks. 



I searched the net for just the right pattern and ended making these up as I went.  I'm very pleased with the outcome,  other than the deadly boring nature of the knit. They fit my hands, Jim's hands and both boys too.  They took less than a 50g of sock yarn and less than a week to make. 

The little tweaks I put in these gloves make them special I think. Like extra stitches picked up, then decreased away to prevent holes at the join of the fingers.  There's a non-curling edge to the fingers.  There's also extra rows in the hand to raise up the first three fingers higher than the pinkie, but all fingers finish at the same level. 

As I was finishing up the second one, I thought I should write down what I did.  Luke has requested a pair and I think I'd like to make some for myself, too.  So I did and I'm offering it as a free Ravelry download. Of course, you get what you pay for and the pattern has not been test knit nor edited by anyone but me.  But I hope someone may find it of use.  I know, I plan on using the pattern again.


Absolutely Plain Fingerless Gloves: download now


8 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful gift - to the gentleman who inspired them and to the knitters who may want to reproduce them.

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  2. Laurie, you are so clever. The extra rows for most of the hand, the extra stitches - such good ideas.

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  3. You can't beat old school - how wonderful of you to work up something just for him and to take the time to do it right!

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  4. There will be a line-up of people who want to be your co-worker!

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  5. You are so sweet to give us this gift! A lovely pattern, my friend!

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  6. Thank you Laurie ---I love your blog Your knitting is always beautiful plain or not

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  7. This is perfect! My DH loves simple also and these gloves will be really appreciated. Happy knitting.

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