Newfie Gloves

I really enjoy making Newfie Mittens.  But recently I was wondering if there was a corresponding glove pattern.

I searched several different places but was unable to find one. So I had to come up with one on my own.

I am posting here what I did to accomplish this project so that you can also make them if you wish.

Newfie gloves

 

 

Newfie Gloves
Please if you have never knit gloves before, try a simpler pattern before doing this one.  This pattern assumes that you have experience knitting gloves.
Supplies:
Fingering yarn in 2 different colors, i.e. verigated and solid, contrasting each other
US 2 (2.75mm) double pointed needles
Stitches:
k = knit
s = slip
p = purl
Increase stitches:
kfb = knit into the front and then the back of the designated stitch
m1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle.  Knit through the back of this new stitch
p1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle. Purl through the front of this new stitch
Pattern:
Pattern 1: *k4, s2*,  repeat to end of row
Pattern 2: k1, s2, *k4, s2*, repeat to last 3 stitches, k3
Instructions:
With varigated yarn, cast on 64 stitches.  Join and k2 p2 until cuff measures 3 inches, increasing 2 stitches in last round (66 stitches).
Attach solid color yarn and work 5 rounds of Pattern 1.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
With solid color yarn work 5 rounds of Pattern 2.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
Thumb gusset (worked on round 1 of pattern 1 in example below):
Now comes a tricky part. With solid color yarn, m1 inc, k1, m1 inc. Place marker at this point.  (3 thumb gusset stitches before marker)
kfb into next stitch so that you will have the same number of stitches you had before beginning the thumb gusset (66 stiches not counting any of the thumb gusset stitches)
Alternate Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (5 rounds each) and at the same time increase the thumb gusset every third round until you have 17 stitches before the marker.
Example:
Pattern 1
round 1  increase thumb gusset as described above (3 stitches)
round 2
round 3
round 4 increase thumb gusset m1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker (5 stitches)
round 5
Purl one round with varigated yarn, including gusset stitches
p1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker, with varigated.  Continue purling to end of round.
Just remember that if you have to increase the gusset on a knit round (solid color yarn) you will  m1 inc and if it is on a purl round, you will p1 inc.
Once you have 17 stitches before the marker, work 2 round, then slip them to waste yarn or ribbon.
Continue  in pattern until you have completed a total of 10 patterns or desired length to fingers.
Break verigated yarn leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Beginning with index finger pick up 16 stitches and cast on 2.  Divide on three needles and knit until yarn is just one round above fingertip.
Decrease in this manner:  K1, K2tog around.
K2tog around.  Cut yarn and thread through loops and secure.
Continue in this manner:
Middle finger: 18 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (20), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from index finger.
Ring finger: 16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (18), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from Middle finger.
Pinky:  16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches from Ring finger.
Knit all fingers as you did for index finger.
Thumb: 17 stitches + 3 stitches at hand part of glove.  Knit as for index finger and finsh off accordingly.
Repeat for 2nd glove.

 

Everyone Should Knit Socks

When I am at a loss as to what to knit next, I usually end up casting on socks. They are usually easy and make a great carry along project.

Sometimes they are my “in-between” project. If I get bored with a larger project, I can always work on the socks. And before you can say, Snap, Crackle, Pop, I have a new pair of socks to wear.

Maybe all you knitters out there who have not yet made socks, should give it a go.

socks 1a

Classic Mittens

There is a free pattern on Ravelry, Classic Mittens No. 615. You can make mittens for all family members with this one pattern. You have a choice of using double pointed needles or two needles.

It is a quick easy pattern.  I, of course, always make some modifications to the patterns.  That’s just me.  I can’t leave well enough alone, LOL!

Here are pics of what I have done so far.

VT 3 cms 1 CMGB 1 cm 4A

I AM A YARN ADDICT !

There, I’ve admitted it.  I just can’t pass up a good deal on yarn…. or a good color…..or a great fluffiness…..or a silky feeling yarn …..or a wool yarn…..

Well, you get the picture.  I have more yarn than I could ever use in a lifetime.  I need to downsize it.  Will I ever do that????  Probably, not.  I like to look at it, I like the way it feels, I like to think of all the possibilities it represents.

I’ve had some yarns for years and eventually I use it to create something great.  Sometimes the yarn tells me what it wants to be and sometimes I try to force it to be something it is not.  Then I end up with something gawd awwwfullll  UGLY!

Some yarn is just clown barf.  It doesn’t matter what you try to make, it still looks like a clown barfed it up 3 times over.

And sometimes you come across some yarn that is just perfect for a certain thing you want to knit/crochet.  It doesn’t belong in any other pattern or plan you have but just that one thing.

I found some Vanna’s Tapestry yarn.  It is perfect for mittens.  It even looks good as a scarf or socks, but it is definitely great for mittens.

VT 3

This would look awful in a sweater (at least to me).

Then there is this yarn, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.  I’ve tried it in other patterns…mehhh…did not look good. But as this shawl, it looks great.

SR 3

Then there is this yarn, Knit Picks Chroma Worsted.  It is great in this shawl. Tried it in a sweater and frogged it.  Not good in a sweater.

mss 3 a

Anyway, I guess I will always be a yarn addict.  I just love it!  It makes me happy.

My Swallowtail Lace Shawl

I found this free pattern on Ravelry and it looked interesting.  Enough changes are in the pattern to keep it from becoming boring.

It does require one to pay attention to what you are doing.  It is not mindless knitting by any stretch of the imagination.   I did read many of the notes left by others and the one complaint, if you will, were the nupps.  I found them not to be a problem, but I attributed that to my ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular needles.  The points are very sharp on these needles which allows you to make the nupps without much difficulty.  I also created the nupps and then knitted them together through the back loop before continuing on with the row.  It was just easier for me to do it that way, than to purl 5 stitches together on the wrong side row.  But there are several YouTube videos on how to execute a nupp.

For this project I used Chroma Worsted in New Leaf and size US 9 needles.

mss 1 a

mss 4 a

mss 3 a

ETA:  I would suggest using a lifeline through out the knitting of this shawl as it is a royal pain in the ass to tink back when you make a mistake.  And, believe me, you will make a mistake, everyone does.  It is so much easier to frog back to a certain point (the lifeline)  than it is to tink back a row or two to correct a mistake.

Planning for Cold Weather

When you tell folks you live in Florida, they think beaches and constant sunshine.  They don’t think about rainy days, thunder, lightening or even cold weather.

Yes, in the northern part of Florida, we have cold weather.  It’s a different kind of cold, though.  It’s damp and seeps into your bones.  The chill just never goes away.

Anyway, I am preparing for that cold weather when I walk my dog this winter.  I made a wool hat, wool mittens and wool cowl.  I may make my dog a sweater or maybe just get a sweatshirt from the Goodwill and “adjust” it to fit her.

B 1a This photo shows the completed mittens and the hat in progress.

B 2a And this shows the cowl, hat and mittens completed; all made with wool.

These should help with the cold and chill this winter.

ETA:  OMG!  How could I forget!?!?!?!  For those of you who knit, this Baa-ble Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry.  I used the graph to add the sheep to the mittens and the cowl.  The mittens are basic mittens (c/o of 40 sts; US 4 needles) and the cowl uses the same number of stitches as the hat, after the increase (120 sts); only it is knit on larger needles (US 9).

Idle Hands and All That…….

My hands are definitely not idle.  I am always doing some crafty thing.  If I don’t keep my hands busy, they tend to want to shovel food into my mouth and my mouth never refuses. So I must keep them busy doing other things, cooking, cleaning, sewing, knitting, crocheting….something.

My latest crafty thing is this shawl.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.

GS 2

Here is the link if you want to make this shawl yourself:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lalas-simple-shawl