Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Mittens or gloves? Why not have both.
Here's a pair of gloves I've knitted for my sister, fingerless gloves which have a mitten cover. They're so useful when you're out and about as you don't need to keep taking them off when you need a bit of grip to pick things up or take things out of your bag or wallet, simply flip back the mitten cover and voila, fingertips at the ready. There's even a lovely sparkly button to hold back the mitten cover if you want it held out of the way.
They're knitted with Sirdar Escape DK yarn, which is self patterning, and has such vivid colours. It's also really soft and as it's a bit on the chunky side, it makes the gloves very cosy and warm. I used a Sirdar pattern for these gloves but had to make a few adjustments. When knitted up according to the pattern for a ladies glove, it turned out rather small (and yes I did knit a tension square), so I used the pattern for a man's glove (I guess we must have man sized hands!) made the cuff a little longer and knitted a complete thumb rather than leaving it fingerless.
Think I might knit a pair for myself one day, first I have to finish a pair of long wrist warmers.......