Monday, October 1, 2007
Felted Fingerless Gloves
Patterns for fingerless gloves that are meant to be felted are not very numerous. However, there are some instances in which someone’s hands need protection from serious cold but they still need finger dexterity.
My daughter plays in her high school marching band at all the home football games. We live in Minnesota and the football games can be quite chilly. Enter felted fingerless gloves for maximum wind and cold protection that still enable her to play her instrument.
I drew up this pattern to knit gloves in a large size with needles too large for the yarn so I could felt the gloves down to my daughter’s hand size.
I used Kraemer Vintage 2006 Limited Edition DK weight Alpaca and size US 7 needles. This yarn was so soft and cushy I think I may just have to try this yarn in a non-felted fingerless glove too.
In the photo I show both gloves, the one on the left is in its prefelted state and the one on the right is felted. I felted the glove manually, without a washing machine. I feel manually felting gives me the best control over the resulting size.
I like them. I may have to make myself a pair for early spring/late fall yard-work. And I just may have to make a few more pairs for coaches' gifts....