Gloves for Linda

I’ve been knitting these since the end of last month and they are coming on really well. So well that I haven’t had time to blog about them although I have put them on Ravelry.

The colours are a good contrast which makes them instantly easier than the previous pair, in which the greens and blues were so cloes I had to wait for daylight to be able to knit. I also didn’t have enough of any two colours and had to change several times which I usually don’t mind. However, on this pair, the changes didn’t seem to sit well with the design and it made me wonder about the wisdom of sticking to stash yarns when the amount of yarn in a pair is so little compared to the time spent knitting them. Add to that, that there are some wonderful yarns available such as Marion Foale’s 3 ply pure wool  which is shown on the web site.

Anyway, back to the current pair. Tried and tested Regia 3ply, a sock wool but totally suitable for gloves, and what is used and sold in Sanquhar, an endorsement I think, and knitted on 2.25mm circular needles. These are Knit Pro wooden ones, my preference over the metal Addi turbos, the tips of which I find too blunt for picking up stitches and correcting mistakes (always plenty of that going on). Perhaps I need the Addi lace, but I’m not spending any more on needles now, especially as I have several boxes of dpns lying unused.

The patterns on this pair are Faroese inspired using the same sketch book sources as the pair for Stan:

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The Faroes page in my sketchbook

I’m using some motifs almost directly, such as the large zig-zag but these patterns are interesting as they mostly use 5 stitch floats which is one more than I am generally used to using. Elizabeth Zimmerman generated her patterns with a maximum of a 4 stitch float. I catch in the middle of the 5 stitch float and like the tiny suggestion of texture that that can give to the fabric. These patterns are wonderfully easy to knit though, the zig-zag being various permutations of 3 and 5s and therefore quite easy to work.

Almost forget to put in some pics of the knitting:

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The cuffs with initials and dateP1010303

Up to the thumbs, back of handsP1010305

Up to the thumbs, palms facing up.

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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?