Stricken

No, I am not struck down with anything. This is the German word for knitting. Something of which I have done an awful lot of late. I would be stricken if I could not knit though. ;)

As mentioned in my previous post, I have been knitting winter woollies for the kids. Allegra needed a new jumper so with some cheap variegated acrylic I quickly knocked up a jumper until I had the chance and money to get some nice pure wool with which to knit her a good one. Sadly, the sizing is well skewy and it’s more like those little midriff jumpers that were around a few years back. I did make the sleeves longer when I realised and she likes it which is what matters I guess.

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No shoulder shaping. Easy peasy.

No shoulder shaping. Easy peasy.

I then knitted her a scarf from the same yarn with tassels on the end. A kids scarf is not complete without them hey. :)

I love the patterns and colours in variegated yarns

I love the patterns and colours in variegated yarns

Last but not least, a pair of gauntlet gloves. Gauntlets are just gloves with no thumbs or half thumbs and no fingers. They stop at the knuckles. Not fingerless gloves which usually have some length of knitting on the finger but completely or partly open on the end. I had knitted myself some years ago (which I’m wearing now) as my first ever cabling attempt and I had a ball knitting them. Since then I have had 3 kids so life hasn’t really allowed me the time until now. Kids gauntlets are so small though that they literally take an hour or so each to knit up and a few moments to sew up too. I made up the pattern as I went with a brief measurement against Allegra’s hand to size it up.

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Here is my pattern. :)

An up close view of the cable.

An up close view of the cable.

2-4yo’s cabled gauntlets (petite hands)

3.25mm needles

4mm needles
8-ply yarn

CO 30 sts

K1 p1 rib 10 rows
Change to 4mm needles

*K20, p6, k to end
P4, k6, p to end
K20, p6, k to end
P4, slip 3 to cable needle, k3, k3 from cable needle^, p to end*
Repeat from * to * 5 times.

Change to 3.25mm needles and k1 p1 rib for 4 rows before casting off in rib.

For other hand:

CO 30 sts

K1 p1 rib 10 rows
Change to 4mm needles

*K4, p6, k to end
P20, k6, p to end
K4, p6, k to end
P20, slip 3 to cable needle, k3, k3 from cable needle^, p to end*

Repeat from * to * 5 times.

Change to 3.25mm needles and k1 p1 rib for 4 rows before casting off in rib.

Sew up seams leaving a gap for the thumb-hole.

^ Remember to mirror your cables by putting your cable needle to the front on one gauntlet and to the back on the other.

Allegra has pretty tiny hands

Allegra has pretty tiny hands

Allegra is hit and miss with them although seems happier with them this morning than yesterday when I gave them to her. There is little more deflating than working hard on a gift and having a lacklustre or negative response to your craft but such is life with kids hey.

Inherited tiny hands from me.

Inherited tiny hands from me.

I then stayed up until stupid o’ clock knitting a pair for Jasper which are a little larger and with a double but small cable pattern in some of the Pure wool I bought at Spotlight yesterday. I sewed them up this morning after hitting the pillow some time around 3 and then having broken sleep due to Orik and within a hour he’d lost them both. It’s taken him the entire morning and into afternoon to finally find them (at least he did find them)

My first ever cable. I'm knitting myself another pair of gauntlets now and will pass these ones on to Martin. And yes, he has asked for some.

My first ever cable. I’m knitting myself another pair of gauntlets now and will pass these ones on to Martin. And yes, he has asked for some.

3-7yo’s cabled gauntlets (larger hands)

3.25mm needles
4mm needles
8-ply yarn

CO 35 sts

K1p1 rib 10 rows
Change to 4mm needles

*K21, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P4, k4, p2, k4, p to end
K21, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P4, slip 2 to cable needle to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2, slip 2 to cable needle to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p to end*
Repeat from * to * 5 times
K21, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P4, k4, p2, k4, p to end

Change to 3.25mm needles and k1 p1 rib for 4 rows before casting off in rib.

For other hand:

CO 30 sts
K1p1 rib 10 rows

Change to 4mm needles

*K4, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P21, k4, p2, k4, p to end
K4, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P21, slip 2 to cable needle to front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2, slip 2 to cable needle to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p to end *
Repeat from * to * 5 times.
K4, p4, k2, p4, k to end
P21, k4, p2, k4, p to end

Change to 3.25mm needles and k1 p1 rib for 4 rows before casting off in rib.

Sew up seams leaving a gap for the thumb-holes.

A double cable turning in towards each other.

A double cable turning in towards each other.

Or away from each other if you look at them the opposite way.

Or away from each other if you look at them the opposite way.

 

I’m not into collecting any royalties etc for my patterns (although you’re welcome to pay me if you really want ;) ) but if you want to make them to sell then please have the courtesy to contact me first.

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5 thoughts on “Stricken

  1. LyndaD says:

    Leave this one with you buddy. Im not a knitter. They do look very practical for the kids though. I can imagine them outside playing with their warm gloves. Good for picking the nose – not easy with wool fingers on your gloves. LOL

  2. narf77 says:

    Great patterns and tutorials. I am in the process of unravelling a pair of slipper boots that my son bought me ages ago. He knows I love bright rainbow colours and these were “supposedly” knitted by Nepalese folk and the yarn is certainly rustic enough! Earl decided that he liked them… a LOT and has nibbled 2 holes in each slipper so with much ado (hours and HOURS of ado!) I am unravelling the wool and am going to make gauntlets out of the gaudy gorgeous stuff. You will be able to hear me yelling and cursing from Ballan when I start ;)

  3. Linne says:

    LOVE these! Thanks for sharing the pattern, too. do you have a pattern for top-down sweaters for kids? If not, I may be able to lay my hands on mine. Let me know. ~ Linne

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