I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the holidays this year. 2016 has been a tough one for nearly everyone I know. So to start celebrating the holiday season I’m doing free shipping on my Etsy (US orders only). Just use coupon code THANKFUL2016 at checkout.
So I’m doing a giveaway on my instagram. You don’t have to follow my blog or my instagram to enter! This giveaway is open to everyone. For more details, check out my instagram post here.
The prize is the hat pictured above. It’s one of my favorite designs. The twists and turns of the cables makes knitting more magical I think. I have a few of them for sale on my Etsy.
I’m working on a few knitting tutorials. I will be posting those soon! 🙂
Ok, I’ll admit it. This isn’t MY pattern per se. I have, however, made some alterations to the original that I think improve it by quite a lot. If you follow the pattern exactly as written, you come out with long, big gloves. I’ve changed it to where the gloves fit closer to the hand and the wrist section is shorter. Original is here. My alterations are as follows:
- This is a vintage pattern, so it’s using old needles sizes. You just need size 2 double points, not size 12.
- Cast on 44 stitches, not 48.(I divide them with 10 stitches on first needle, 12 on next, 10 and then 12 again. This makes knitting the ribbing easier.)
- Make the ribbing(Knit 2 purl 2) only 10 rounds. Not 30.
- Sock yarn is great for this pattern. I have tried many brands that all work great with these adjustments, but I recommend a yarn that is 90% wool and 10% nylon.
Let me know if you found my alterations helpful, and feel free to share your results. I love seeing what others create.
I may make a post soon with tips about working with double point needles. A lot of creative people I know have told me that they are intimidated about knitting on double point needles, and I understand that all too well, but double points are actually pretty easy to work with and are not as scary as they look.
If you’re not feeling like putting the time into making some fingerless gloves for yourself, you can always just buy the ones I have in my etsy. 🙂 I usually have one or two pairs stuffed in there somewhere.
Happy knitting ya’ll!