On the Needles: Fair Isle Fingerless Gloves

Last weekend I went up to Boston to visit my sister, Lucinda, who is also a craft blogger.  We attempted a tour of the Harpoon Brewery, but it was sold out – argh! But, it was such a lovely day, so we decided to walk around Cambridge and Harvard Square.

The draw in Cambridge though was Lucinda’s favorite yarn and fabric store, Gather Here. It’s kind of like Boston’s answer to Purl Soho in New York. Well Gather Here had such a great selection of specialty yarns, that I was inspired to impulse buy some yarn.

About a month ago, I stumbled upon on a free Fair Isle fingerless glove pattern on Blue Sky Alpaca’s website. It can get pretty chilly in my office at work, so fingerless gloves would come in handy (ha ha!). After much debate about the color combination, I chose a light bark-colored wool from Cascade Yarns as the main color of the gloves and a beautiful turquoise and white wool for the Fair Isle pattern.

That night we stayed in to knit and catch up on Downton Abbey online. I have to say I was a little nervous about knitting a Fair Isle pattern – this is my first project. It’s also my first glove project! But, the pattern seemed pretty straightforward and not too complicated. The pattern was labeled “advanced beginner” so it had to be doable!

Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) dancing

After 3 episodes, I had completed about 75% of the first glove. Woo-hoo! OK, and that’s saying a lot because there was a lot of drama going on at Downton. (Um, Matthew felt a tingle? Hee hee!)

Also, the pattern had very clear instructions – I highly recommend it to anyone who it trying Fair Isle for the first time. I also realized that I had been knitting increases totally wrong all this time!

Since last weekend, I completed the left glove and blocked it. I also started the right glove last night while catching up on Shameless and Being Human on the DVR. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able finish the project so I can bring in my new gloves to work on Monday!

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12 Responses to On the Needles: Fair Isle Fingerless Gloves

  1. Sarah Adie says:

    Those gloves look awesome! I can’t believe that’s the first time you’ve tried Fair Isle. I’ve only just picked up my needles again after that class I went on and have improved a little, but I don’t think I’m ready to give a proper project a go just yet. Practice first, I think! Do you know a good place on the web to go for beginner patterns? My plan is to knit a Fair Isle Christmas jumper in time for Christmas!

    • Thanks Sarah! Have you checked out Ravelry yet? They have oodles of free patterns on their site and you can search by level of experience. Also Knitty has some really great beginner patterns as well. Good luck!!

  2. Lucinda says:

    They look fantastic!! You got really far in your knitting since you were here last week, go you!

    • Thank you! It helped sitting in one place and focusing on it last weekend! Kind of lost some steam this week…And thank you for your good tips and showing me how to increase on the right and left!

  3. Lish Dorset says:

    These are beautiful!

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  6. Muireann says:

    I’ve wanted to try Fair Isle knitting for a long time, and I was thinking of knitting some gloves, so this is perfect. Thank you very much!!

  7. Claudia says:

    Están absolutamente hermosos, me enamoré y esa combinación de colores es mi favorita…Te felicito te quedaron preciosos!!

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