It might have looked a little odd to be wearing woolen gloves with capris and a sleeveless top, but Sundance was a great place for a photo shoot, and I had some patient photographers on hand.
Pattern: Woolen Gloves, by Veronik Avery, from “Knitting Classic Style”.
Yarn: Reynolds Whiskey, color 059, 2 skeins
Needles: 2.5mm / US 1.5
My Ravelry project page is here.
I love how these turned out, and they’re a perfect fit. I wanted them to be pretty snug, since I’ll probably make the fingerless mitts that are designed to go over them. This is a very beautiful pattern, and the gloves are both comfortable and elegant.
Problems and modifications:
I swatched with different sized needles to come up with a needle size that would give me a snug fit around the hand with the specified number of stitches. I’m a loose knitter, so that meant going down from 3.25 mm to 2.5 mm.
I had a definite problem with the thumb gusset – it was way too big as written in the pattern. I could have almost put two thumbs in it. I realize everyone’s hands are different, and since these gloves can be worn on either hand (there’s not a specific left and right glove), it’s probably good for the gusset to be a little big, but not this big. I suspect it may be an error in the pattern. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize it on the first glove until I started knitting the thumb, which is done last. I didn’t want to have to rip out all of the fingers and the hand to fix it, so I just decreased severely to make the thumb opening a more reasonable size. When I’m wearing the glove, you don’t really notice it, though, so it’s fine.
For the second glove, I decided to do two less increases for the thumb gusset. I was going to omit those increases entirely, but then I decided that since my first glove felt a little on the snug side around the hand, I’d still do the increase rounds, but increase on the outside of the gusset markers instead of on the inside. That made the palm section slightly wider, but the thumb gusset smaller. With 4 fewer stitches in the gusset, it was a perfect fit for my thumb.
I also finished knitting the thumb before starting the fingers, so that I could reknit the thumb gusset if necessary before continuing with the rest of the glove. Fortunately, no frogging was needed. But for anyone else who makes this pattern, I do recommend finishing the thumb first before doing the rest of the fingers, just to make sure you’re happy with it. I knitted the palm of the glove up to where I would have started the fingers, put it on waste yarn, and then finished the thumb by attaching the opposite end of the ball of yarn. Then I put the hand back on the needles and worked the fingers.