I like hand knitted fingerless gloves and, unable to find patterns I liked, I decided to make some of my own. I’ve made a few pairs of these recently. They’re all made from aran weight wool and knitted in the round. Some are knitted from a really soft merino and some are a mix of alpaca and merino. I was going to keep them for myself as I like to have unique items that nobody else has, but I have now decided to put the patterns in my shop.
They are really quick and easy to knit on a circular needle using the magic loop method, or they can be made with DPN’s and there is no sewing to do. I have recommended the Old Norwegian cast on for them as it is stretchy and neat. When I was taught to knit I only learnt one cast on method and it wasn’t until about two years ago that I found out there were other ways. After a bit of research I found ‘Cast On, Bind Off’ by Leslie Ann Bestor. 54 ways to cast on and cast off. It was a revelation. This is actually one of the best books I have ever bought and I have quite a few. It doesn’t have any pretty, colourful pictures. Well, it does have pictures but they are useful ones showing what you can achieve for the various methods; it’s not a pretty coffee table book. But it covers so many options to cast on and off. It is spiral bound, so lies flat when you have your hands full of wool and needles, and has really detailed instructions and diagrams for each method. The only downside, and I’m pretty sure it is the only downside, is that some methods cover two pages so that when you have yarn in one hand, needles in the other, it is virtually impossible to also turn the page to see the next step. I refer to this book all the time and every knitter should have one.
As with all my patterns, these have Cornish names; Delen meaning ‘leaf’, Kadon meaning ‘chain’ (a cable look without the cable needle), Todnow meaning ‘waves’, Nedha meaning ‘twist’ (another cable look without the cable needle), Mor meaning ‘sea’.