OK, so the next phase of my knitting insanity is to learn to knit gloves. Like a good little novice I go looking for a pattern I want to try and stumble across I cord glove instructions. http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonaknits/2005/10/icord_gloves_1s.html Off I go to find needles and yarn to give it a try and lo and behold my first attempt at knitting a pinkie looks like I know what I’m doing! Gauge shouldn’t be much of a problem, if the pinkie is too big or too small I’ll adjust the number of stitches and do it again. Quicker than swatching! Anyhow, if anyone has made I cord gloves I’d love to hear about your adventure. I think it looks like fun.
I haven’t made them, but those look interesting!
They do look interesting, don’t they? Someone used a Turkish cast on to start them (I followed a link on the page), I think I’ll be OK with the I cord beginning but I saw that someone else moved to circs after starting with I cord and had fewer stitches to pick up on the ladder. As far as I’m concerned anything that reduces the need for swatching is great. My yarn is acrylic so it shouldn’t be a problem with shrinking or anything.
Ha! I recently asked about this method of glove making in this thread: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=109266&highlight=I-cord.
However, I’m deep in unfinished project territory right now, so I haven’t gotten around to trying them yet. You can “guinea pig” it for me–okay, all of us–and see how well this method works. I hope it’s super easy and fun.
I did, and it’s more trouble than it’s worth. It was hard to put all the fingers together and I ended up with holes. I found knitting the fingers in the traditional way better. What I do is twist the stitches between the fingers (like you would do for a cable). This eliminates the holes. You’ll see what I mean if you look at one of those small stretchy magic gloves. They twist the stitches between the fingers the same way.
I think I’ll try I cord fingers and if they work for me, great. I’ll try the other way too, I’m sure. I’ll see if I can actually make gloves with one method or the other. I might just stick with mittems.
The gloves are definitely worth the try. If you decide to go with the conventional ones knit from base of finger to tip, you might also try the gloves with the convertible mitten top. They have some of the advantages of both gloves and mittens.
I love my convertible mittens. They keep your hands warm but allow you to stick your fingers out to manage keys and parking meter change. They’re great for driving. The advantage is that you keep them on your hands, not tucked into a pocket where they can fall out and get lost. If you don’t want to do anything complicated, try this easy tutorial on how to turn any mitten pattern into convertible mittens.
Also here’s an easy mitten pattern with just a slot. Slip your fingers in and out.
Since convertible mittens were mentioned I thought I’d share my favorite pattern. Made these for my daughter and I liked that the top stayed back w/o a button. I didn’t want one because I know that as soon as you stick your hand in your purse or whatever it’ll get caught on something.
That’s a fascinating pattern GG!
Thanks for sharing the link!
You’re welcome, Charlotte. I really must get started on learning gloves. For some reason, I keep putting it off. I don’t know why gloves intimidate me like they do.
That technique for the I-Cord fingers is a whole world of knitting sexy!
Whoa, baby!!! :whistle:
If anybody has the moxie to learn gloves, GG, it’s you!
I’ve made several pairs of convertible mittens. I never put buttons on any of them. The flaps pretty much stay flat with no problems. We didn’t want to do velcro because everything sticks to it. I say make yourself a pair of those Ravelry mittens. Use the best yarn in your favorite colors and treat yourself. Once you make and wear these mittens, you get spoiled really fast. They’re fabulous driving gloves.
I tried these years ago and didn’t really like the pattern. I’ve made gloves before and they’re really easy but this pattern makes it difficult…way more difficult then it needs to be. Like someone else said, huge holes requiring tones of stitching after ward. Loads of ends to weave in.
I’d suggest another pattern but maybe you’ll have better luck! I’m sure they’ll be beautiful.
I got sidetracked from gloves, I finally learned how to knit English and now I’m playing with 2 color and double knitting. ADD?
thank you for posting that Jan. I really appreciate it!
Since people who actually know what they’re doing say too many ends, big holes, I’m taking a pass on making gloves like this. Thanks for saving me from learning the hard way!
If you want an easy glove pattern, you might want to make sideways gloves. They’re done in garter stitch on two needles.