These decorative colourwork gloves are guaranteed to keep your hands cosy!
Stranded colourwork gloves
SOFT, WARM and colourful, these gloves will be entertaining to knit. They feature a stranded colourwork pattern inspired by Scandinavian forests, and Latvian braids around the wrists worked in the same colours. The cuffs have a picot edging and folded hem for a neat finish. Caroline Birkett’s design is knitted in Wensleydale Gems, a pure wool from West Yorkshire Spinners that comes in 20 lustrous, jewel-like colours.
GLOVE (work both the same) CUFF
Using 3.25mm DPNs and yarn A, cast on 48 sts. Pm and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Work 3 rounds in st st (K every round). Next round: (Yo, K2tog) to end of round. Work 4 rounds in st st. Next round: Fold up hemmed edge to the WS of the piece and knit every st together with the corresponding stitch in the cast-on round. Work 3 rounds in st st.
Set-up round: (K1 in yarn B, K1 in yarn C) to end. Next round: With both yarns in front, *P1 in yarn B, bring yarn C underneath yarn B, twisting them and P1 in yarn C. Bring yarn B underneath yarn C up, twisting them; rep from * to end. Next round: *P1 yarn B, bring yarn C over yarn B, twisting them, P1 in yarn B, bring yarn C over yarn B, twisting them; rep from * to end. In yarn A, work 4 rounds in st st. On the final round place a marker before and after stitch 25.
Change to 4mm needles. Using yarns B and C, work Rounds 1 to 27 of Chart, increasing for thumb in rounds 7-23 as indicated. 66 sts. Round 28: Work to mrk, remove mrk, place next 19 sts onto a holder, work to end. 47 sts. Round 29: Work to sts on holder, cast on 1 st in yarn B using the backwards loop method, work to end. 48 sts. Continue working from Chart to end of Round 31.
Change to 3.25mm needles. Using yarn B only, cont as foll: Next round: K6, put 36 sts on stitch holder, cast on 1 st over gap using the backwards loop method, rejoin, K5. 12 sts. Arrange evenly on DPNs. Knit until finger length is 6cm or length to fit hand. Decrease round: K2tog to end. 6 sts. Break yarn and thread through rem sts.
Change to 4mm needles. Place 37 held sts onto needles. Join by picking up and knitting 3 st along cast-on edge of little finger in yarn C. 40 sts. Work 4 rounds as set by last 4 rows of Chart, then work 1 round in yarn B.
Change to 3.25mm needles. Place first 7 sts and last 7 sts of round on dpns. Place remaining 26 sts on a holder. Using yarn B only, cont as foll: Next round: K7 to gap, cast on 2 sts over gap using the backwards loop method, K7. 16 sts. Arrange evenly on DPNs. Knit until finger length is approx. 7cm. Decrease round: K2tog to end. 8 sts. Break yarn and thread through rem sts.
The Nordic-style colourwork is paired with Latvian braids