The one thing Chip asked for before Xmas was a pair of fingerless gloves. So we did some research, found a pattern that used a worsted weight yarn, picked out the yarn (Madelinetosh Vintage in Van Dyke Brown) and then he waited – because it was still before Xmas and I had to knit all those hats and mittens for the family Xmas presents.
On Xmas Eve I finally was able to start Chip’s gloves. I happily went to the family Xmas Eve celebration with my little project bag in hand and sat with the family, knitting away on Chip’s new gloves. I did the same on Xmas Day at our house.
But something was wrong. They looked too big. So I tried them on him after I had finished the thumb gusset and yup, they were too big, so I ripped them out and got back on the computer and started looking again.
This time I found a pattern called The Wristers by Louie Allen (free pattern on Ravelry). This pattern provides the full instructions to make these gloves in the Large size with a short set of adjustments you can make for the small and medium sizes. Luckily another knitter, Camille (millamelli on Ravelry), had written out the pattern to make the pattern in the small size in her project notes when she made this pattern, which were just wonderful. She had it all worked out in advance and all I had to do was follow her notes. Thank you Camille.
So I have been working on these gloves for the past few days and finally finished them tonight. I am pretty happy with them. The pattern calls for some fair isle border work which I left out because the yarn itself has such a high contrast varigation that I did not think I could work out a fair isle border that would look good with it.
Chip is happy with them, which is really all that matters.
We did hand out all the hats I made at the Xmas Eve celebration with the family. Kathryn liked her Piggy Mitts.
Kaitlyn loved her Fish Hat and her wrapping bag.
Jake and Davey liked their hats, though Davey has a skinnier head than anticipated.
But tonight we are moving onto our next Holiday – New Years Day. My boys are all ready to party with their sparkling pink lemonade and sparkling apple cider.
I am starting a new hat for Chip.
Wishing you all a Happy (and productive) New Year.