Tonight's theme at the Salon was Handwarmers. While they can be knitted flat or in the round and on almost any type of needle, we focused tonight on creating the seamless variety utilizing double pointed needles. It was a challenge to master knitting with four double pointed needles, but fortunately everyone seemed to get the hang of it after just a couple of rows. All manner of fingerless gloves appeared on the needles tonight from some very soft baby alpaca knit on size 4 needles to a variety of merinos in weights from fine to bulky. And one knitter chose a very special skein from Canada, a luscious Alpaca, Newfoundland Dog and Merino combo in a beautiful charcoal brown. I am so glad to still have one skein of this yarn left for me to play with too!
For those who missed the Salon tonight or live too far to attend. Please enjoy one of our popular patterns to try with one of your own luscious fibers. This pattern will produce a lovely pair of fingerless gloves like those shown above. Feel free to use this pattern, but please remember to use it only for your personal use.
Amazing Alpaca Fingerless Gloves
Use this pattern as is or add more intricate elements such as: ruffled cuffs, lace patterns or cables.
If you wish to make your fingerless gloves a bit more unique, consider incorporating one or more of the design concepts listed below to add more pizzazz to your gloves. Just remember to write down your pattern design so you can duplicate it for your second warmer.
· Work in a rib stitch (k2, P2) for the first 1.5 –2” for an interesting cuff
· Knit the entire glove in k1, p1 rib
· Try additional rows of the lace pattern
· Alternate colors or add stripes
· Buy additional yarn, and knit longer gloves to fit over your forearm for a more exotic accessory.
· Add a ruffled cuff with a contrasting or exotic fiber (consider a beaded silk, novelty fur or lace weight yarn).