Smocked Fingerless Gloves
Smocked Fingerless Gloves were designed for my sister Kathleen. She leaves for work very early in the morning, often before 5:00 am. As a visiting Hemodialysis RN, she is out in the early morning hours braving the cold quite often. One evening while chatting on the phone, Katie (our nickname for her) mentioned how cold her hands get while driving. She stated she wears gloves but they can feel slippery on the steering wheel, so she often chooses not to wear gloves at all.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and design her a fabulously warm pair of fingerless gloves. Wanting to help her hold tight to the steering wheel, I chose a skein of red yarn, red being her favorite color, I went to work designing her a pair of fingerless gloves. Katie celebrates her birthday at the end of January and as luck would have it I completed her gloves just a few weeks before her birthday.
Color can make or break a design. When I originally posted Kathleen’s Smocked Fingerless Gloves pattern online I must admit I was expecting a huge rush of sales. I really like this particular pattern. Not only is the stitch pattern gorgeous but it just pops in red! But…sadly for a couple months I only heard crickets regarding my recent fabulous, in my opinion, fingerless gloves knitting pattern. I just couldn’t figure out why no one saw the beauty of the gloves as I did.
One afternoon while chatting with a friend online it all came clear to me. She is a professional photographer and brought it to my attention that the color red is a very hard color to photograph and bring out the real beauty of the color. I must admit I thought that was weird but took a second look at my photos. By George, she was right! The red, smocked fingerless gloves looked drab and unclear.
I then decided to choose a lighter color that plays with the camera better. Using a lovely lavender color I knitted another pair of fingerless gloves. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes…The very day I uploaded the new gloves in the new color my pattern was flying off the proverbial shelves. To this day Smocked Fingerless Gloves remain in the top three pattern designs for sales. Not to tute my own horn, but it’s also one of the top pattern sales at my LYS.
Materials I used:
Cascade 220/Superwash; 100% Superwash Wool. 220yrds/200m/100g/3.5oz.
Color: #840/Iris – 1 skein.
2 size US6 (4mm) 16″ (40cm) circular needles.
Stitch markers: 2.
Stich holder: 1 (or scrap yarn).
Gauge: 22sts/4″ worked in k2, p2 rib slightly stretched.
♥Finally, Smocked Fingerless Gloves and Diagnol stitch Fingerless Gloves run neck and neck for sales. If you’re lovin’ this fabulous pair I have no doubt you will want the “Diagonal stitch Fingerless Gloves” pattern as well.
♥♥As are all my knitting patterns; this pattern has been test knit twice and both professionally copy and tech edited for accuracy.
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