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October 16, 2005

Initial Disappointment

Over the weekend, with much enthusiasm and anticipation, I pulled out my pattern and yarn poised to knit my first glove.  Thoughts of 2 circular needles knitting tiny finger tubes were dancing in my head.  So, compassionate reader, you can imagine my disappointment when the phrase -- "join into a round, being careful not to twist" -- was no where to be seen.  Hello?  Don't tell me these gloves are not  knit in the round?  But alas it's true, the gloves are knit flat with lots of seaming -- nona was disappointed.

But wait a minute!  This doesn't sound like the nona I know -- so meek and sheep-like.  Since when do I follow a pattern?  Since when do I shy away from knitting experiments?  Since when do I dwell on the negative side of things?  Pull yourself together girl and regroup.  And regroup I did.  My first glove project -- did you notice that I used the word "first" -- is going to be a glove experiment.  I'll knit the first glove following the pattern like a good girl and then will knit the second glove in the round.  Let's just see which way works best.

I've finished the first glove -- worked flat with lots of seams.  Not too bad.  It was easy to work and the seams were not terrible.  The thumb and each finger were worked in turn, each being seamed before moving on to the next finger.  The major disadvantage I see so far is the bulk of the seams -- especially for the fingers.  Here are a few pictures of the process:

The body of the glove, replete with thumb gusset

Thumb knit and seamed.  On to the fingers

Finished Glove

October 16, 2005 in Knit Along - Peaceful Palms, Project - Gloves | Permalink


That was fast! :-)

Count me in for the glove-along, if that's ok! I have to rip my poor glove out tonight, but it will rise again. :-)

Posted by: Beth S. | Oct 17, 2005 9:45:58 AM

Those are very cute and colorful! I'm glad you were able to find a knit-in-the-round solution!

Posted by: grumperina | Oct 17, 2005 10:26:23 AM

Lookin' good, Nona! If you have the Latvian Dreams book, there's a fantastic glove pattern in there - custom made, everything from the top down, so it should fit... "like a glove."

Posted by: June | Oct 17, 2005 10:50:58 AM

I'm voting for the in-the-round glove. It just has to be easier and far more comfortable in the end.

Posted by: Kathy | Oct 17, 2005 1:49:12 PM

You rock! You're going to love the glove in the round. (Then you'll have to learn I-cord fingers;0)

Posted by: margene | Oct 17, 2005 1:51:25 PM

I can't wait to see the glove in the round! You're going to be done with both gloves before I've finished casting on. And I-cord fingers sound like lots of fun! :)

Posted by: springy | Oct 17, 2005 2:17:27 PM

Fabulous looking glove, Nona.
I'm sorry, but I am just going to have to join in too. I can't resist!
I will send an email later if needed.

Posted by: Kira | Oct 17, 2005 2:21:00 PM

WAIT A SECOND: I-cord fingers? It all makes sense! Suddenly glove-knitting is possible again!

Actually, I gave up on gloves when I tried to cable on flexible size 3's (or 2's? I forget) with Miracle yarn. And maybe the way glove fingertips always wear out had something to do with it, maybe. But still, I'm going to try it if only for the i-cord fingers!

Posted by: Daphne | Oct 17, 2005 2:31:38 PM

Any suggestions for glove or mitten patterns?

Posted by: Zarah | Oct 17, 2005 2:42:42 PM

nona here -- Margene's comment about i-cord glove fingers took my breath away! Amazing idea! After a quick google of "icord glove fingers" I came upon Meg Swansen's book -- Handknitting with Meg Swansen -- which includes a pattern for gloves with icord fingers. Meg also offers a video on these gloves found at School House Press. You better believe that I ordered the book and intend to make a pair of gloves with icord fingers!

Posted by: nona | Oct 17, 2005 2:56:41 PM

Good job, nona! The colours are so cute together!
I haven't started yet but I have chosen a pattern, yarn and the recipient already. Most probably will wait for the Socktoberfest socks to be finished. BTW, I found a lot of free patterns for gloves and mittens here:

Posted by: Agnes | Oct 17, 2005 4:04:43 PM

Wowee gozalie (phrase borrowed from my 5 year old son to express great surprise) you knitted your glove already while I am still pondeing what pattern to use! And your first glove too! Love how every finger is a different colour.

Posted by: erin | Oct 17, 2005 4:53:19 PM

Well they're darn cute! But I did think of the bulk as woon as you mentioned seeming. I bet your version will be much better :)

I'm hoping to start my project very soon. I'm thinking I'll try the Natalya gauntlets that are passing around. But we shall see!

Posted by: Vicki | Oct 17, 2005 8:30:09 PM

Pretty colours, love it. Can't wait to see the came out of your experiment ;) knitting in round always sounds like better option to me.

Posted by: Yuvee | Oct 18, 2005 3:20:00 AM

Awesome looking glove!

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 19, 2005 5:31:12 AM

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