Monday Project Report – Chip’s Fingerless Gloves

Chip's new fingerless gloves

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.

fingerless gloves back view

fingerless gloves palm

fingerless gloves two hands

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.

Kathryn with her Piggy Mitts

Kaitlyn loved her Fish Hat and her wrapping bag.

Kaitlyn wearing her Fish Hat with her wrapping jean bag

Jake and Davey liked their hats, though Davey has a skinnier head than anticipated.

Jake in his Xmas hat

Davey in his Xmas hatCindy also continued the family tradition of getting all the kids new PJs for Xmas Eve, which they all changed into for the annual Xmas picture in front of the tree.

all the cousins in their Xmas PJsWow – they are all getting sooooo big.

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.

the boys on New Years Eve

I am starting a new hat for Chip.  😀

Wishing you all a Happy (and productive) New Year.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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10 Responses to Monday Project Report – Chip’s Fingerless Gloves

  1. Ooooh. MadTosh. Lucky duck. That’s some sweet yarn. And you knit fast!

    • Shelly R. says:

      I got it while trolling Jimmy Bean’s Wool Watcher sales until they had some discontinued colorways of Madelinetosh going up. I think that, because of the high contrast, it was not a popular colorway so I lucked out. Chip seems to be drawn to yarns with high contrast varigation – like the yarn he picked out for his socks that the dogs later ate (sigh). But I love their dyeing. My sister and I have been trying to work out how they do the glazing to create that almost black outlining of color in their yarns. They call it glazing. Another dyer told me it was done in a series of cold water dips in a dark grey. Not sure if I can replicate in natural dyes. I did try with an indigo in a logwood dip and initially it was great – but it did not hold up through the rinsing process. I don’t really knit that fast – I just try to be persistent so I have something for the Monday Progress Report. The blog helps keep me pushing myself to complete tasks – and Chip loves the cooking we do to keep up with the Food on Friday posts. 😀

  2. paulineos says:

    Those gloves look great, and Fairisle really would not have worked!

  3. Shelly R. says:

    Thank you!! And as soon as I finish writing this I am signing up to follow your blog. I was just flipping through it and I love it. Your lace work is phenomenal. I am humbled that you found my page.

  4. amanda says:

    Marvelous fingerless gloves! One year I made ’em for everyone in the family (5 pair), and we love them. We wear them way more than regular gloves.

    • Shelly R. says:

      I like having them to work in the office. I can still type at the computer even when I am cold (which is common in an old drafty victorian). I have to make some for the boys – but first they need more snowball making mittens. Their insulated gloves are just too bulky. 😀

  5. Danielle says:

    I loved seeing everyone in their gifts! And that yarn for Chip’s mittens is beautiful!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Gotta love Madelinetosh and how they dye their yarns. I have two skeins left that I think are going to go into a pair of socks for Chip. Thuja is a Knitty pattern for men’s socks using a worsted weight yarn that I think might work. But if the dogs eat these, I will never knit him another pair of socks again!

  6. Cindy says:

    I love seeing everyone in their new hats and new pj’s. After you left Christmas Eve we were all taking about how much we really like our new hats. Mine looks great with the scarf you made me last year! Thanks so much, we’re glad you keep knitting! Kaitlyn loves showing off her dead fish hat and she doesn’t even like wearing hats so that was the perfect gift now I don’t have to nag her so much!!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Oh, I am so glad you guys liked them – though Davey and Dave may have to trade since Davey’s blocked to a larger head than he has. 😀 I didn’t block Dave’s so it should be able to fit Davey’s head better. We all knew that the dead fish hat would fit with her sense of humor. Who wouldn’t want to wear a dead fish on their head. I just hope that the yarns don’t irritate her scalp – I picked the softest ones I had. The white/beige is Eco Duo. Now I am knitting the horns and ears onto the Toothless Dragon hat – Danielle wants it for Emmet – though I’m not sure his head will be small enough – but we can try. And Chip is getting a hat too – he’s been very patient waiting until the Xmas presents were done. The kids are growing so fast. I can’t get over how big they are. Thank you Cindy – you always put on a wonderful Xmas holiday for the family.

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