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Friday, 15 February 2008

A Stitch in Time



The return of the winter chills sent me indoors again. I'm desperate to continue with pruning everything back in the garden. However, I can't stand wearing gloves - I like to be able to feel what I'm doing. So, a quick Google yesterday afternoon came up with the pattern for these Cheats' fingerless gloves + some left over wool from at least 20 years ago = problem solved in a couple of hours!

Update: the link no longer works so here's my version of the knitting pattern:

You need some spare wool + 1 pair size 4mm knitting needles and a tape measure

Firstly measure around the widest part of your hand. This will tell you how wide your knitting needs to be

1. Cast on enough stitches for the size of glove needed (if you don't know what this is, knit a tension square, so you can work out how many stitches you work per inch). Make sure you cast on an even number of stitches
2. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until your work measures 1.5 inches in length
3. Knit 1 row
4. Purl 1 row
5. Repeat 3 and 4 (i.e. stocking stitch) until desired length achieved, or half an inch before the end
6. If the latter Work knit 2 purl 2 rib until end (can also change wool colour at this point if desired), otherwise omit this step
7. Cast off
8. Sew sides together, leaving a gap for the thumb

12 comments:

  1. This is wat my Mummy needs! Her study dizzent hav heatin, an the littol raydiater-on-weels heats the room but not her hands! Sumtimes she has to stop writing errly becos her hands ar too cold an herty.

    Enyway. I think peepol hoo can knit must be very clever.

    I've dun yor biskit haiku for dark HobNobs (RIP). Sorry it took a week but I kept fergettin it. Hehehee.

    Poor little dark one,
    not too sweet, always just right,
    oh, how we miss you.

    :@}

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  2. I love my wrist warmers. I also make garden gauntlets out of old jeans. They are great for pruning roses.

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  3. They look so easy to do, thanks for the link, I'll be making those for next winter

    Deborah

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  4. great idea - I really like it :)
    you are very crative :)

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  5. Hi b.tbear (esq)! You're too kind - but the pattern I chose is an easy peasy one for knitting duffers like me.

    I love your Hob Nobs Haiku - that makes you very clever. My posted attempt at the art was abysmal (look under the label Bad Poetry!) BTW it's rumoured that McVities are thinking of reissuing dark chocolate Hob Nobs - hurrah!

    Hi aunt debbi/kurts mom - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I've been enjoying making something out of nowt lately as you can see from my posts!

    dnd - glad you like the link. I look forward to seeing your version sometime...

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  6. Opps Ewa - didn't mean to leave you out there. Thanks for having a look today and leaving so many comments!

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  7. VP,

    exxxslent news abowt the dark Hobnobs!!!!!

    Maybe they will jus be a speshol edishun, jus fer a littol wile. In wich cayse, stok up! - Cos Mummy will be owt to buy the lot!!!

    :@D

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  8. Now they look warm but practical as you will still be able to do all the fiddly jobs. Dark chocolate hobnobs - mmmmmmmm !

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  9. b.t.bear(esq.) - as your mummy shops in Tesco's, I'm hoping she'll leave Sainsbury's clear for me to cop the lot there ;)

    hehehehee!

    Anna - you're so right about both the gloves and the Hob Nobs! I tested the gloves out on Friday - they were a great success, why didn't I think of it before?

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  10. Even I might be able to manage those with my limited knitting skills.

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  11. Amanda and Sue - let me know if you have a go at making them :)

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