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