Today’s free knitting pattern comes once again from my Weldon’s Fair Isles for the Family which has been requested by Anna from Knivshults Anna. Anna is a knitter/sewer/crocheter and teacher from the Swedish countryside. Doesn’t that just sound lovely? She only started blogged in January, but already she has some wonderful posts about her plans for 2012. I know I’ll be checking back to see how progress is going on her briar rose jumper.
Today’s pattern is a fair isle glove pattern for ladies that are really quite delightful:
Click the following link to download a free copy of this pattern as a pdf: Fair Isle Sports Gloves.
I’m really happy that Anna asked for this pattern to be posted because these gloves really are wonderful.
The main color used is green, with accents of yellow, red, and blue. (The white area is yellow, the X’s within the yellow area is blue, and the acorn-looking shapes are knit in yellow and blue, and the red is the zig-zag border). To make heads or tails of what I just said about the colors, there is a handy chart in the pdf that shows which color goes where on the pattern. If I were to make these I think I’d make the main color red, and have accents of white, yellow and blue.
The tension for these gloves is 10 stitches per inch using a fingering weight yarn. I’m guessing you’d want to use a US size 1 needle to start your gauge swatch to see if you need to increase or decrease the needle size to get the correct tension for these gloves.
The construction of the gloves is quite new to me. Granted I’ve only knit 1 pair of gloves before, so this may not be new to a season knitter who’s made gloves before. But in this pattern, each side of the glove is knit flat and then seamed together at the end. The gloves I’ve made were knit in the round, and the fingers themselves were also knit in the round (by picking up stitches). The issue with knitting the fingers in the round is there is a lot of seaming to do along with trying to close the gaps between fingers. I’d like to try out this alternate construction technique to see if it’s easier or more difficult than working in the round. Anyone care to comment about either of these methods: flat vs. in the round with regards to gloves?
Today’s post is short and sweet since there’s not much more to add about these gloves.
I’m not sure what pattern I’ll be posting up next week but if anyone has a particular era or pattern type you’d like to see, make sure you drop me a line in the comments. I’m quite happy to look through my knitting magazines at any point. Really… It’s no bother… :)