Thursday, January 18, 2007

Lace fingerless office gloves for the people

Here's a pattern! If you find any errors or have any questions about it, just let me know.

Snowflake Lace Office Gloves

Lace fingerless gloves, office style!

Needed:
1 ball (196 yds) King Color Baby, fingering weight stretch merino wool
Set of double pointed needles, size 1
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Stitch markers

Sizing:
Stretches to fit all hands up to an 8" wrist circumference

Stitches:
Snowflake lace (instructions and chart here)
CORRECTION! the PDF of Snowflake Lace Socks in which this chart was published is now available for download via this link.

Work cuff
CO 40 st, join and work K1, P1 ribbing for about 1 inch. The cuff you're knitting will seem alarmingly small, but don't worry. It's stretchy. Decrease 1 stitch and divide stitches over 3 needles. Work in Snowflake lace pattern with one repeat per needle until cuff measures 3.5 inches total length. End with an even (knit) row.

Shape thumb gusset
Row 1 (pattern round), increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and back of the first stitch (40 stitches). Place marker after the created stitch. Continue round in pattern.
Row 2, knit all stitches.
Row 3, increase 1 st by knitting in the front and back of the first stitch. You should now have 15 stitches on your first needle -- two plain knit stitches before the marker, and 13 pattern stitches. You're going to use these two knit stitches to form the thumb of your glove.
Row 4, knit all stitches.
Row 5, when you come back to the two knit stitches, increase by knitting into the front and back of both stitches. Now you'll have four knit stitches and 13 pattern stitches on your first needle.
Continue to increase by 2 stitches on every other round by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch of the marked group until you have 17 knit stitches before the marker (56 st. total).

Work even until thumb gusset measures 3 inches. Knit the thumb stitches, then slip these stitches to a stitch marker or waste yarn. Work the rest of the round in pattern, reconnect pattern stitches above the thumb gusset, and continue in pattern 1 more inch.

Work fingers
Right glove: Divide stitches evenly onto two needles (19 on one, 20 on the other) so the thumb is positioned on the right side of the hand, slightly forward.

Little finger: Move 9 stitches farthest from the thumb to a separate needle (take 4 from the front, 5 from the back). Place remaining stitches on waste yarn. Knit 9, CO 5, join. Knit in the round to desired length. Bind off loosely.

Slip all stitches from waste yarn back to needles, pick up 4 stitches from base of little finger, and continue in lace pattern for an additional .25 inch. Then work ring finger as follows.

Ring finger: Keep 5 stitches from both the front and back of glove on needles on either side of little finger. Slip all other stitches to waste yarn. K14, CO 4. Join and work in round to desired length. BO.

Middle finger: Slip 5 held stitches from front and back of glove onto needles. K5, pick up 5, k5, CO 5. Join and work in round to desired length. BO.

Pointer finger: Slip remaining 10 stitches to needles. Pick up 6, K10. Work in round to desired length. BO.

Thumb: Slip 17 stitches from waste yarn or holder onto needles. Work in round to desired length. BO.

Left glove: Work as for right glove until you are ready to knit the fingers. Divide stitches evenly onto two needles (19 on one, 20 on the other) so the thumb is positioned on the LEFT side of the hand. Knit fingers in the same way as outlined above, beginning with the little finger.

Eee! Now we both have gloves!

19 comments:

Sachi said...

You're my hero.

NOTDADAD said...

as a recipient of a pair of these gloves, I can attest to their functionality and stylish looks; a cache not normally ascribed to knitted gloves.
4 PURL RATING:Knit Genius Magazine

I hasten to add that these gloves were done in a manly brown color befitting any Marine stationed in a tundra bivouac.

TK said...

Your knitting is in a whole different league, nay stratosphere, than mine. That pattern makes me break out in a cold sweat. However, I love these gloves. And my birthday is in June. Plenty of time. I'm just saying. ;-)

Anonymous said...

These gloves are one of my favorite projects of yours, and I must say, that French manicure sets them off!

Lyss said...

I just found this link on Ravelry . . . these are gorgeous, and are now in my queue! Here's what I'm wondering . . . any idea how this would be adjusted for a less-stretchy yarn?

Thanks for the pattern, I can't wait to start!

Anonymous said...

the link to the Snowflake Lace Chart is broken. Where can I find it? I'd love to make the gloves.

Chris OBrien said...

Oh darn it. It was on Magknits, which is now defunct. I'll try and get in touch with the designer and see if I can repost her chart.

Anonymous said...

I made these for my aunt, and they were fabulous! They worked out great. Thanks very much!

Chris OBrien said...

I'm so glad! Thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

a friend of mine requested these gloves, and I have tried and tried to do the pattern per written sox instructions that are linked + cast on number of 40 for gloves. I have lost count of how many times I have frogged this sucker. Must have severe mental block... I do lace stitches all the time, usually not a problem for me. I hate to give up, but I think I'm also actually going to burn the yarn I've used, because it's obviously cursed. :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this pattern! It's been hard to find "fingerless" gloves that actually have, well, fingers; but not the WHOLE finger! So, thanks for these. I've got some lovely bamboo yarn that's just a bit heavier than this pattern asks for: how can I best adjust? should I knit a sample swatch and adjust the gauge that way? I've not done gloves of any sort b4. I'm just a sock, faire isle, intasia grrl, who's new to lace as well. suggestions??

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Wonderful, thanks a lot it was pretty easy to follow your instructions.

Anonymous said...

Been searching for a pattern like this. Can't wait to knit them! Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know 2 things,
1. The needles to use are a 1, is that metric?
2. The yarn, what ply would that be.

I'm from South Africa

KyleAnn said...

This pattern is absolutely gorgeous, but I can't find the recommended yarn anywhere. :-( What would be a good substitute? ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Can't wait to make this pattern!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful... can hardly wait to try these....thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris I love this pattern. I'm now making my fourth pair. All the girls and women in my family have requested me to knit them a pair, and they look great in variegated sock yarn. I work from home and they're great on cold days when I'm the computer. Phyl xx

Fiona Johnston said...

Hey Chris, this pattern is lovely, and I'm trying to make it for my girlfriend's birthday, but I can't seem to figure out the initial rib stitching on the DPNs. Because of it being in the round, when I pull my yarn to the back to knit the third stitch, it crosses over my needle and makes an extra 'stitch', and continues to do so on every other stitch. It's very frustrating, and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Please help!! I've only knitted in the round a couple of times before, so part or all of the problem could be my relative inexperience.

KyleAnn said...

When you pull the yarn back, make sure it goes between the needles and not over the needles. Hope this helps