Thursday, 26 September 2013

Fair Isle and Fingerless


I have been knitting gloves this week. There seem to be so many patterns around for fingerless gloves and wristwarmers. Is it because we all need our fingers more these days? Tapping our PIN numbers in or texting while we are on the go. The reason I love them is they are so handy when your are out in the cold and taking photographs.

I found this pattern in a book in my local library, called Mollie Makes Christmas. It was full of lots of seasonal craft ideas, not just knitting. They are a pretty easy Fair Isle, as you never have more than two colours on each row.


This pair caused me some stress, as I thought I was going to run out of the brown wool. I didn't, but I spent much of the second glove thinking how I might have to adjust the pattern or unravel the first glove.


My daughter then said she would like a pair. So for her gloves I did alter the pattern a little. Her hands are smaller than mine, so I shortened the gloves. I missed off the garter stitch at the end, which was probably a mistake, as you can see they curl up a bit. I also reduced the colours, from seven on my gloves to just four, as I thought it would look a bit nicer. And less ends to run in! You will also see that I knitted the thumb in stocking stitch, as she said she would prefer this, and I think it does look nicer. 


The palm of the gloves is knitted in double rib.

Fair Isle Gloves Can Be Cool!


51 comments:

  1. Oh wow, those are some fabulous gloves!

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  2. LOVE those mitts and the colors you picked. I do love colorwork!

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  3. They look great. I love them both. The colors work so well together.

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  4. They are gorgeous. I love the look of fair isle but I'm a bit too chicken to try. Maybe one day.
    Rosie xx

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  5. I love the colours. Both pairs look wonderful.

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  6. Your mitts have me wanting to get back to some colorwork. Great project.

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  7. These are fab, you picked great colours .
    Clare x

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  8. I'm a little intimidated by the thumb part.... I'm hoping I get brave enough to try because my daughters really want some of these. I'd like to start out with a solid color even though I love the fair aisle. I may have to see if my library has this book. Thanks for sharing at Get Crafty Friday! ~ Mama Ging

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  9. I think I prefer the SS thumb as well. I absolutely adore these, the colours are so fresh and I'm jealous of your daughter!

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  10. I like the thumb mod.....and I agree that less ends to weave in can only be a good thing. Both pair look great.

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  11. They look really good, I think the stockinette stitch looks better for the thumb too but it certainly doesn't detract from the brown pair

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  12. Very, very nice. I've been thinking of fingerless mitts and now I'm thinking of making fair-isle mitts.

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  13. I love the comment at the end- 'fair isle gloves can be cool'! LOL. Both sets of gloves look fab. I'm actually drooling over the second pair.

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  14. They are lovely, you are invited to share this with Show Your Stuff:

    http://www.treasuresmadefromyarn.com/2013/09/show-your-stuff_26.html

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  15. Those are very fun and I like the stockinette thumb better too. :-)

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  16. I just love your creations, they are wonderful. Congratulations!

    Laura

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  17. They're lovely, and as a knitting ignoramous I got all excited as I do know the difference between garter and stocking stich (thank you grandma) so understood what I was looking at with the thumbs!
    Fair Isle looks so lovely, but also so difficult!

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  18. Super knits, my hands feel warmer just looking at those lovely gloves.

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  19. They are lovely, great colour combinations. Hope you have a good week.

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  20. They are just great, love your colour choices too. I have that
    MollieMakes Christmas craft book and remember them being in ther, thanks for reminding me xox Penny

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  21. Sounds like a good book - I like the magazine already.

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  22. Love these, especially the brown ones. Another project to add to the to do list :)

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  23. I wish I could knit like that! They look great!

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  24. These look cosy, they're a great idea when out and about, I hate having to continually taking my gloves on and off so these would make a great alternative. :)

    Jan x

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  25. Love these. You are so clever. Fair Isle is not at all easy. I fear that I would get everything into a right tangle.

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  26. Beautiful:) I'm off the library tomorrow, hopeful for the book!! I really must make a start on knitting some otherwise the cold weather will arrive before I am ready!!

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  27. These are wonderful! And really great colour combos as well. I love working fair isle patterns but am terrified of DPN's! I made a pair of mittens a couple of years ago but just made them on straight needles and sewed up the seams - ET would be proud of them, they seem to come to such a point, but they keep my hands warm! I might look up the pattern, thanks for sharing x

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    1. I should have mentioned, but no DPNs or knitting in the round. These are just knitted with 2 needles, and there is a seam up the side.

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  28. I admire your knitting skills. These gloves turned our beautiful and the color combinations really are nice. I made a pair of crocheted fingerless gloves for my little grandson but they are not as fancy as your pattern. Very nice!

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  29. Beautiful gloves and I love the colours, I much prefer the thumb in stocking stitch also, gives a much smarter finish in my opinion x

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  30. so impressed by your knitting skills, fab results! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  31. They are really lovely, I hope they keep you both warm in the coming months.

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  32. that's a really good point about people needing their fingers more now, i hadn't thought of that!

    your gloves are soooo gorgeous and really cosy looking too. I especially like the ones you adapted for your daughter - i have little hands so they would be about perfect for me i think! :)

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  33. i knit myself so can appreciate how lovely these are :D

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  34. Such great patterns and colours. Love them.

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  35. They're lovely. I wish I could get the hang of knitting with two colours. I always end up pulling the yarn too tight xx

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  36. Your fingerless gloves are fabulous!!!

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  37. These are stunning! I'm off to find the pattern!

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  38. Wow, your mitts look impressive. You work wonders with you needles and yarn. Love the result!

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  39. I saw these on Ginny's Yarn Along and they immediately caught my eye. Just gorgeous!

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  40. They look so warm and cosy - nice work :)

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  41. These are so pretty! I am trying to gear myself up for my first Fair Isle project one of these days... lovely!

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  42. these look really good - I love that you can just whip these kind of things up - amazing! :o)

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  43. OO, they are lovely! I'm just getting back into knitting after a 15-year break (my dear old grannie would have been chuffed to know her efforts didn't go to waste). I'm a long way off complex knitting like this thought - K1, P1 is about my limit for the time being.

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  44. Gorgeous mitts. Your colours are perfect.
    Enjoy warm hands.

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  45. I love the gloves you made! Especially those for yourself.

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