Thinking back now, I bit more than I could chew many times when I first started knitting. I’d only been knitting for a very short time when I saw this free, gorgeous pair of houndstooth fingerless gloves on Allfreeknitting.com by Ellen from A Pile of Sheep.
It was love at first sight, I mean what’s not to love? BUT there was a problem, I’d never done any stranded knitting. YouTube (and my stock of 99p merino yarn) to the rescue!
My research led me to the gizmo below – Clover finger ring – that is supposed to keep strands in check. It was better than just holding them in my left hand, but I didn’t find it very useful as my strands still found ways to get tangled. It also kept moving on my finger and I had to keep adjusting it. Anyway, I managed to finish the pair many, many, many weeks later and ended up with this. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Me? I was over the moon and was prancing around for days. I used tubular cast on and cast off which led to much muttering in my bid to remember the steps, and I love the stretch of the cuff. I read subsequently that elastic thread can be sewn in to keep the shape of ribbing but I’m yet to try that.
There was one problem though, they were tight over my hand and I had difficulty putting them on ☹, I could even see the tight stitches. Then I remembered I had held the strands in a death grip throughout my knitting. Anyway, I was left to just admire the pair while I trawled the internet for how to make them wearable. Then I learnt that re-blocking can help loosen the yarn, so I re-soaked, re-blocked and it turned out better fit-wise. That made me a happy bunny 😁.
I knitted the cuffs a bit longer so I can double them, and they are mirror images which I love. Thanks to the designer for making this gorgeousness available free.
My love-hate experience with the gizmo that made me start thinking seriously of making the English/Continental style work for me, so that I can hold strands in both hands for colourwork.
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