New Duke pattern being knitted

I’ve been working on an exhibition about Sanquhar gloves (will tell more when it’s further on) and realised that I have only knitted one pair of Duke gloves. I wanted to explore the construction further and test the various written instructions about a year ago and got them all together:

The People’s Friend version (2, The Scottish Knitting Book and the Sanquhar Knitting book) from the mid 1950s

The Patons & Baldwins version, again from the mid 50s

and the SWRI version, I think from the 60s.

Then there’s the charted one from a Japanese web site.

They are all slightly different from each other – for instance the P & B pattern specifies 2 ply wool while the others say 3 ply and some have the thumb set at the start of the round (P & B) while some (People’s Friend) have it in the middle.

Here’s what I’ve done so far: and it’s only going to be one glove!

P1000885The pattern is a copy of the one that I have had in my personal collection for many years but we also have it in the collection of the KCG.

Patons & Baldwins Duke glove

Patons & Baldwins Duke glove

It’s coming out very small – vintage 2 ply pure wool and 1.5mm (old 15/16uk needles) mean that it is barely adult size. Were people’s hands smaller 50 years ago?