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It got rejected by Knitty, but I like it anyway.

I wrote up this pattern in, oh, I don't know, May? and just now got around to putting the finishing touches on it.  The text version can be found here, a PDF is available on Ravelry.com. 

Ailbhe

by Caitlin Christine

            Thinkbabynames.com says that the girl’s name Ailbhe “is of Irish origin, and its meaning is ‘white, noble, bright,’” a very apt description of these gloves.  I had wanted a sleek fitted pair of long fingerless gloves, but without the hassle of lots of shaping between wrist and elbow, and so ribbing was the first thing that came to mind.  It’s easy to do, and the stretchiness instantly fits a variety of sizes, however, plain ribbing in and of itself is a bit boring.  But when the ribbing travels across your hand in an elegant asymmetrical sweep, it’s much more interesting. 

            These mitts also sprang from my love of one skein wonders and instant gratification – the short version used only about eighty yards of yarn and was completed in only two days, while the longer version took just over two hundred yards and was done in a week.  The only difficulty comes from the sheer number of different cable techniques used, some only once every pattern repeat, but none are complicated on their own.

            I love these gloves for the simple fact that I also love t-shirts, and I live in Fargo, where t-shirts aren’t possible for much more than the months of full summer, especially since I get cold easily.  These gloves eat up the expanse of bare arm left by t-shirts, keeping me nice and warm without retreating to the comfort of my jacket just yet.  I fear thee not, gusty North Dakota wind, with Ailbhe on my arms!

 

SIZE

Short [Long]

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Cuff Circumference (Unstretched): 6 inches

Cuff Circumference (Fully Stretched): 10 inches

Length: 6 [14] inches

 

MATERIALS

[Short] Patons Silk Bamboo [70% bamboo, 30% silk; 102 yd/93 m per 65g skein]; color: Saphire; 1 skein
[Long] Cascade 220 Wool [100% Peruvian highland wool; 220 yd/201 m per 100g skein]; color: White; 1  skein

 

1 set(s) US #6/4.0mm double-point needles (or circulars for preferred knitting in the round method)

 

Cable needle

Tapestry needle

Approx. 12 inches smooth waste yarn

 

GAUGE

22 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

 

PATTERN NOTES

1/1 RC: sl 1 to cn, hold to back, k1; k1 from cn

1/1 LC: sl 1 to cn, hold to front, k1; k1 from cn

1/1 RPC: sl 1 to cn, hold to back, k1; p1 from cn

1/1 LPC: sl 1 to cn, hold to front, p1; k1 from cn

2/1 RC: sl 1 to cn, hold to back, k2; k1 from cn

2/1 LC: sl 2 to cn, hold to front, k1; k2 from cn

2/1 RPC: sl 1 to cn, hold to back, k2; p1 from cn

2/1 LPC: sl 2 to cn, hold to front, p1; k2 from cn

2x2 rib: *k2, p2* repeat from * to end of round

 

PATTERN

Right Hand

Cast on 44 stitches, join, and work 10 rounds 2x2 rib before beginning pattern.

 

Round 1: 1/1 RPC, p1, *2/1 RPC, p1* twice, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p2, k22, p2

Rounds 2, 4, 6, and 8: Work all stitches as presented, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purled stitches

Round 3: P2, *2/1 RPC, p1* twice, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p4, k22, p2

Round 5: *P1, 2/1 RPC* three times, k2, 2/1 LPC, p3, k22, p2

Round 7: *2/1 RPC, p1* three times, k2, p1, 2/1 LPC, p2, k22, p2

 

Repeat rounds 1-8 3[11] times before thumb.

 

Next Round: Follow established Round 1 until last 23 stitches.  Then, using waste yarn, knit 6 stitches, replace the six stitches on the left needle, and knit again with working yarn.  Continue in pattern until end of round.

 

Work rounds 2-8 once more after thumb.

 

Knit 4 rounds 2x2 rib, bind off loosely.

 

Thumb

Carefully remove the waste yarn, picking up the live stitches that result, 6 below the opening and 5 above it.  Attach yarn, knit 6 bottom stitches, pick up 2 stitches in gap, knit 5 top stitches, and pick up 2 stitches in the gap, 15 stitches total.

 

Knit 7 rounds.  Bind off loosely.

 

 

Left Hand

Cast on 44 stitches, join, and work 10 rounds 2x2 rib before beginning pattern.

 

Round 1: 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, p1, *2/1 LPC, p1* twice, 1/1 LPC, p2, k22, p2

Rounds 2, 4, 6, and 8: Work all stitches as presented, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purled stitches

Round 3: P2, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p1, *2/1 LPC, p1* twice, p3, k22, p2

Round 5: P1, 2/1 RPC, k2, *2/1 LPC, p1* three times, p2, k22, p2

Round 7: 2/1 PRC, p1, k2, p1, *2/1 LPC, p1* three times, p1, k22, p2

 

Repeat rounds 1-8 3[11] times before thumb.

 

Next Round: Follow established Round 1 until last 9 stitches.  Then, using waste yarn, knit 6 stitches, replace the 6 stitches just knit on the left needle, and knit over them with working yarn.  Continue in pattern until end of round.

 

Work rounds 2-8 once more after thumb.

 

Knit 4 rounds 2x2 rib, bind off loosely.

 

Work thumb as for Right Hand.

 

 

FINISHING

Weave in all ends.  Block lightly if desired.  Wear with warmth and joy. 



Comments

fingerless

There is something wrong with your comment section. I hope you get this. I would have accepted your pattern. It is cool. I will definitely use it.
kaykatrn@yahoo.com
I think they are lovely and I am saving this pattern to maker later when I'm not so pressed for time
I loove these (the long ones particularly), I wish I knew how to cable. I'd learn it and try it just to make these but I don't have a cable needle. =( Great job with these!

Alternate Cable Needles

You don't need a special cable needle to do cables. I've used an extra needle, a double pointed needle, a pencil, and even a paperclip to hold the stitches that are moving around. Cable needles are convenient, but not necessary.

Thumb sounds tricky!

I'm going to try these and I'm an experienced knitter who's done lots of fancy patterns, but never gloves. That thumb description worries me a little. Tell me it will all make sense when I get to that step :)
Heeeelp. The total number of stitches in the odd-numbered rounds doesn't add up to 44, so what do I do with the rest of the stitches in that round? Or do I just start the next sequence as soon as I've finished a "round" (essentially shifting the start point for the pattern on each odd-numbered row)?
Never mind--I figured it out. The asterisk means repeat, which I'm familiar with, but it threw me to have the "twice" or "three times" only after the p1 and I wasn't repeating the preceding LPC or whatever. If you put the full repeated stitch sequence in parentheses to group it, I think that's more standard notation. I've sat here counting out loud and the stitches do all add up :)

very confuseing

I love these gloves. But like Barbchamberlain commented on the pattern repeat thats where I also got stumped I took my stitches out three times.Shes right about the astrisk the way its written is that you repeat the 2/1 RPC,P1. Not 1/1 RPC,P1.I didnt get past this yet but I was reading the whole pattern and it seems that the left glove pattern is a little different from the right one. But like I said I just read it I havnt started it yet.Ill let you know my outcome. Thank you.

Re: very confuseing

I am so sorry I read this pattern and even copied it down I got half way through the gloves and realized I was doing round 1 totally wrong first I had the glove inside out so I didnt see the right side as I was going along, second I was repeating the 1/1 rpc and the2/1rpc twice. and third I left out the p1 after the 1/1l lc. Wander why my count wasnt comeing out right. I dont know why I was having such a hard time with it its really simple. So if any one got misled by my post I'm so sorry the pattern is totally right. thank you