Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cigar Gloves



Pattern: Cigar Gloves free pattern from Knitty.com
Designer: Keri Cadd
Materials: Knit Picks City Tweed DK
Amount: (1) 50g ball Orca' plus a tiny bit more to finish the pinky and thumb
Needles: US4 bamboo DPNs
Cost: $3.99/ball
Size: Small -changed length for medium
Start Date: Nov. 10, 2009
Finish Date: Dec. 20, 2009

These knit up pretty quickly, specially compared to the fingerless mittens I finished a little while ago that are double sided. I just didn't get around to finishing them until last night. I made these for a Christmas gift so I don't have any pictures of them on male hands for which they are meant. My husband kept eyeing them and wanting to try them on --and he does not get excited about knitwear by any means-- but I didn't want him to model them because his hands are much to big and I made these a small size for my brother.


If you stick to the instructions for the small size, then you should be able to knit these just from one ball of the KP City Tweed DK. I did run into a little confusion with the stitch count at one point, I'm not sure if it's a typo for the small size instructions or some weird thing I did wrong. In the Thumb Gusset section, I ended up with 54 instead of 52 stitches. I was too lazy to investigate, so I just worked around it and ended up with the right amounts for each finger.

Once again, I really liked this tweed yarn for these gloves. The 55% Merino wool, 25% superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed combination makes them nice and soft and the little tweed specs gives the plain stockinette stitch a little more interest. The partially fingerless thing definitely seem to give them a man appeal, if my husband is any indication, and he doesn't smoke cigars.


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