Ill Knit by Moonlight

Further to last weeks post, the pattern for these fingerless gloves, “Ill Knit by Moonlight”, is now available. When I misheard the title of the movie “Ill met by moonlight” on late night TV, then a couple of weeks later read the obituary of one of the real life players in this WWII event, I knew this had to be the name of my next design. Perfect for your next undercover assignment.

They are nice warm fingerless gloves with an all over, small textured twist stitch pattern. The yarn used is a beautiful soft and warm Merino, Alpaca, Silk blend, Heirloom Silk Touch. The gloves are knitted in the round and have a thumb gusset. A stitch chart is included.

Ill Met by Moonlight Fingerless Gloves

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Heirloom Silk Touch 8ply or any other DK/8 ply yarn

Gauge: 24 sts = 4 inches in Twist Squares Stitch

Needle Size: 4mm

Meterage: 199 m (218 yards )

This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.50

I think I can… I think I can…

I’m limping along, step by step, to the end of these gloves.  There’s nothing particularly difficult about them.  Once I’d worked out how to do fingers, the second glove should have been a cinch.  Maybe I’ve got second glove syndrome.  Or it could have been the school holidays.  I can’t think of a really good excuse, so what the hell, I’ll get there in the end.

The gloves are currently blocking, and hopefully will be dry enough to weave in the ends in the next couple of days.

I can hear True Grit (the old one) in the background which is slightly distracting.  It’s hard to ignore John Wayne.

While I’m waiting, I’ll be preparing a test swatch for another magazine submission.  My previous success has emboldened me to have another go.  This time I thought I’d try some fingerless mitts.  Might as well push my luck on the whole mitts/gloves thing.

Edward Scissorhands?

Am I making my very own Edward Scissorhands?  No, but this is very much what it looks like, I have discovered, when one knits gloves.  Even more so, when you have a half completed finger with three double pointed needles in it.  It’s a fascinating process.  This glove is now complete, though not yet photographed as such.  It’s taken quite a lot of glove pattern study, and quiet thinking and calculating time to work out how to do the fingers.  But it all makes sense when it’s broken down.

These gloves may seem quite long, but that’s how they should be, according to the teenagers in my life.

Legs are now warm!

The leg warmers are now complete.  I’ve decided not to publish this design, as it bears a remarkable similarity to a pattern my daughter found, to use as inspiration for these.  Even the colours used are similar.
She’s finding that they slip down a little, so I’ll probably put some hat elastic through the top of them.  I don’t think they slip too much, but it won’t hurt to do this anyway.

My next project is a pair of fingerless gloves for the other daughter.  She wants quite long gloves, and why not?  A nice smooth yarn was requested, and so I’d decided to go for Heirloom Celone, only to find that it seems to have dropped of the face of the earth.  I’ve found another Heirloom yarn, which seems even softer.
It’s Heirloom Silk Touch which is exactly the same blend of fibres – 85% Merino, 10% Alpaca and 5% Silk – but not a crepe yarn as the Celone was.  I bought this at Mooroolbark Wool

Having already done a pair of fingerless mitts, I thought I had the whold Thumb Gusset thing down, but after three attempts at all the calculations, and still ending up with an unexpected number of stitches, I’m beginning to wonder.  Hopefully, all will be fine by my next posting.