Our ongoing virtual knitting class continues. The new skills we will be learning in the process of completing this project is the Purl Stitch…and consequently the Stockinette Stitch. Purling is a skill actually. And doing the knit stitch across the row on the front, and then purling all the stitches on the back or wrong side…is what creates the stockinette stitch. If you see in the picture, we combine the bumpy garter stitch we learned in the last project (knitting both right and wrong sides) and the flatter stockinette stitch. I hope this might cement in your minds the difference between Garter stitch and Stockinette stitch as you have fun knitting your fingerless gloves.
In this first video, I provide instructions on how to do the Purl Stitch. And I also share some farm news about new lambs, and plans and progress for an opportunity for visiting the farm. We will be offering private camping and fishing on the farm. We have been clearing a lovely area for a private fishing spot, and clearing woodland paths to go from the campsite to the Shepherd’s Pond. And of course Clearing and mowing Shepherd’s Meadow for the campsite.
Later video will add instructions on the actual glove construction. (Check back in about 1 week!) But you are welcomed to get started. The pattern is further below.
Easy Fingerless Gloves Pattern
Materials needed: 200 yards of worsted weight wool.
We used Hilltop Shetland Worsted, in natural Sterling, grown on the backs of our Shetland Sheep
1 pair of size 8 needles. (You can also use size 7 needles for a tighter fabric.)
Tapestry needle for seaming.
Begin by Casting On 32 Stitches. Work Garter Stitch for 4 rows (knitting all stitches on all 4 rows.
Row 5: Knit all stitches
Row 6: Purl 8 stitches, knit 8 stitches, purl remaining stitches.
Rows 7-10 Knit all stitches (the 2nd ridge.)
Row 11: Knit all stitches
Row 12: Repeat row 6.
Rows 13-34: Repeat rows 11 and 12 eleven times. Work more repeats if you want longer gloves.
Next 4 rows: Knit all rows.
Bind Off loosely.
Beginning at top of glove and using mattress stitch, seam down 2 inches. Cinch off and weave in end. Seam from bottom up with mattress stitch stopping 2.5 inches from the seam ending at top leaving a hole for the thumb.
Repeat for 2nd glove, except change Row 6 to: Purl 16 stitches, knit 8 stitches, purl remaining 8 stitches.