The Sir Gar series

27 February 2014

The completed set

These are the little group that have been designed around the Sir Gar theme. One reflects the beaches, one the mountains and one the countryside and its wild flowers. Here they are:

All three 'Sir Gar' gloves

All three ‘Sir Gar’ gloves

CEFN GWLAD gloves

18 February 2014

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Each finger different

10 February 2014

MYNYDD gloves

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The mynydd gloves again.

The mynydd gloves just having the ends darned in. These are my favourite pair ever!

30 January 2014

Designing

I’ve been playing with images and colours for the third in the set and thought that this pair would evoke the summer countryside in the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire. I have been planning to use several colours which is a break from the usual two. However, coming back to the table where the sketch book and yarns are, along with the ones being knitted and completed already, I think I might go back to plan A and use only two colours.
Green and ?? white? Pale yellow? Blue?

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Lots of coloured pencils and scraps of yarn as I start to plan out the third pair in this series.

27 January 2014

Mynydd gloves

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Alternate rows of 5 and 1 sts and 3 and 3 make this pyramid pattern on the palms.

27 January 2014

Most of the way up to the thumb on rh and cuff and name on left.image

23 January 2014

Have finished the cuffs using my new Additurbos. Very pleased so far.image

20 January 2014

I decided to get started on another pair in the group of three that I’m designing and knitting at the mo … so these are inspired by the beautiful mountains of South Wales, so they are Mynydd gloves for now, mynydd being Welsh for mountain.

They are knit in vintage yarn from the Knitting and Crochet Guild, and I had a green and brown lined up for them.

Vintage 3 ply yarns

Vintage 3 ply yarns

I then tried a tiny bit in these yarns and really didn’t think it did what I thought it should .. so I went back to the pictures, and memories and tried a dark navy blue with the brown to evoke the mountain sides as they are caught by the light. I tried these two colours and think it works much better.  You can see it in the tiny swatch here:

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And here are the yarns with some of the pics that gave me the idea for putting brown and navy together. I have now started knitting the cuffs and I think they look good.

I also treated myself to some Addi Turbos, 4 actually, in 2.25mm, 60 cm long. Perfect.

6 thoughts on “The Sir Gar series

  1. I found your website via the amazing TomofHolland website and love it. Beautiful and interesting work. I am teaching myself to knit gloves and am only at the basic stage as yet but obsessed with it. Is it possible to work finger gussets on flat knitted gloves on two needles by the way? It’s always a weak point in my knitting and I’d like to learn how to do it properly and neaten up my knits. Many thanks.

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    • Dear Penny, Thanks for getting in touch.
      I have only ever hand knitted gloves in the round and have not, before your question, considered the issue of finger gussets when knitting flat …. it must be possible as a seam could lie at the edge of the gusset and be shaped … but I do suggest that you have a go at knitting in the round. There are several ways to do this – double pointed needles, 2 circulars, one circular using magic loop etc. There is plenty on the internet on this – I very much like Very Pink Knits videos which are clear and useful. Let me know how you get on!
      Best wishes,

      Angharad

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      • Dear Angharad, many thanks for the suggestions and reply. Knitting in the round will be something to explore but as yet I’m still struggling to knit one tidy pair of gloves on two needles. The latest mittens( no fingers) I finished this morning are nice but the sewing up on the long side seam makes them look rather lumpy. Looking forward to your future posts. fantastic site.

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      • Dear Penny,

        It is actually much easier to get a good tidy result with circular knitting than with flat knitting. Have a look on You Tube or Very Pink Knits for ideas for neater seams – the neatest of all is called mattress stitch and is invisible if done correctly!

        All the best,
        Angharad

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  2. Dear Angharad, thank you for the return reply. Lots to learn I can see but not had much luck with mattress stitch on small projects. Best wishes , Penny

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