Liz Corke Knit Design
A little later than planned, what with colds, flu and baby bronchiolitis, Christmas and visiting family, here is my latest pattern! Brighde is the Goddess of Spring and Summer – legend has it the Beira locks her up during the winter, and when she’s free we have spring and summer again! These gloves have been so long in the making – the left hand glove was knit last year while I was pregnant, and the photo shoot was done with my (at the time) five month old baby boy. Now he’s nearly seven months old and this is around the time that I knit the first glove last year! I’m lucky my gauge hadn’t changed.
I really love these gloves. I knew when I was reading the legends behind Beira that I would have to make a complimentary pattern for Brighde – in green for the spring. The main cable on these gloves is mirrored on each hand – something that I only remembered 20 rounds into the cable on the second glove, so I had pull my cable out and start over – oops!
The photoshoot for the gloves was a lot of fun. We went to the forest near our home where I grew up, and it was my baby’s first walk there. We had a a great time showing him trees and leaves, and he made sure the whole thing didn’t take too long by complaining whenever he felt we’d been in one place long enough. The hardest part was trying to choose the photos for the pattern pages – He’s so cute that I had a hard time limiting the photos with him in!
If you buy Brighde before 11.59pm on the 5th January, you’ll get an automatic 25% off the price on Ravelry/my website. On Loveknitting (see below) the price is lower to reflect the discount.
Due to new rules brought in by the EU all digital sales to customers in the EU must pay VAT to customers own country. Because of this new law, I will be selling patterns from Ravelry to EU members through the Loveknitting site. Your patterns will still be added to the Ravelry library and everything else should be fairly easy – you can still pay using paypal, or you can choose to use a credit card on the Loveknitting site. This won’t apply to those outside of the EU or to those in the UK as I don’t yet come close to the UK VAT threshold. My patterns are currently awaiting approval on the Loveknitting site and will hopefully be available in the next couple of days. For a much better explaination of what’s happening, check here!
This is my first fingerless glove pattern, just in time for winter. My inspiration for this one is a Scottish Goddess, The Cailleach, also known as Beira. She had a lot of roles, but the chief of them was as the Goddess of Winter, which she ruled over from her throne at the top of Ben Nevis. So, how better to stave off the winter cold than by keeping your hands warm? The cables are a traditional Bavarian pattern, but they also remind me of the celtic cables found throughout Scotland dating back centuries.
The cables have been designed to merge seamlessly into the ribbing on the cuffs at each end of the glove, and the cable pattern on the back of the hand is matched by the cable below and above the thumb. The thumb cable splits to make way for the thumb gusset with half the cable pattern up each side of the thumb. It merges back together again at the top of the thumb. This is my favourite feature of these gloves, I really love how it’s turned out!
Because the gloves are so stretchy, thanks to the twisted rib, these gloves will fit most women – my hands are a tiny bit under 6.75″ and my mum’s hands are 7.5″ around the knuckles and these gloves fit both of us comfortably! If you do want to adjust them for bigger or smaller hands, that’s really easy too – just add or subtract a few pairs of stitches to the palm and back of the hand.
One more special thing I love about these mitts is the cast on. The Alternating Cast On is so amazingly stretchy I recommend it for all gloves, hats, sock, cuffs, and anything else that needs a stretchy cast on. If you want to try it out, you can find the photo-tutorial here! The pattern is already up on Ravelry, Craftsy and here on my website, and it’s waiting for approval on Patternfish so it should be up within a couple of days. For the first few days (until 11.59 pm UK time on the 4th) you can get 50% off if you buy it from Ravelry or my website, so don’t wait too long!
For a change I’m knitting things I can show you, because I’m not knitting my own designs. I’m doing research just now. My next design (aiming for it to be ready in October/November) will be fingerless mitts/gloves, so I’m practicing by knitting other peoples patterns and getting a feel for what I like – that’s why there’s just one glove for each pattern, I might or might not knit the second one later!
I started off biased towards fingering weight gloves, and I’m still biased towards them I think. I have small hands and thicker yarn weights make my hands too bulky and make me feel clumsy. However, I started by knitting another New Era. If you’ve stuck with my blog over the last year and a bit you’ll know that I knit one of these before, then knit a second with the wrong needle and ended up with a glove I couldn’t squeeze my hand in to. I’m not sure where that pair has ended up, so I made a new one. I really love the stretch you get with the twisted rib, I’m hoping if my design is stretchy enough it can fit most women without me needing to grade it!
Second up was the Chilworth Mittens pattern. I really love the off centre cable on this one. Cables are just about my favourite design features for mitts and gloves – as I’m making these for winter, lace just won’t do! I also think I prefer the stockinette palm over the twisted rib one, but I may be influenced by the yarn weight too – more experimentation is needed! The purl stitches on either side of the cable also give this glove a lot more stretch than I was expecting.
Third is the Quilted Lattice Mitts. I really love the stitch pattern on these, but I had my doubts from the start about the number of stitches I was being told to cast on with my fingering weight yarn and 2.25mm needles! As I expected the glove is pretty tight! However I didn’t check my gauge and I think the main difference is in the yarns – mine seems much thinner. While I could have started again and added in a couple of repeats to make the glove bigger, I decided just to continue as I was since my aim isn’t wearable gloves it’s to try out different patterns. I’m hoping that blocking might loosen them up enough too. One thing that makes this pattern interesting is the way the thumb gusset is handled – instead of always increasing at the outside of the gusset, this pattern always increases along the central stitch of the gusset. I haven’t got far enough yet to decide whether I prefer this or the other method but I feel this might make for a neater edge around the gusset.
There’s two more on my list to make. His and Her’s Gloves is the most important of these, since last winter I might have promised to make a pair for my husband! I’ve dug the yarn back out of my stash so I’m ready to start these soon. I’m going to be making them as fingerless gloves for him, with the fingered bits only going as far as the first knuckle.The other is Translated. I really love the twisted stitch cables on these – so much infact that I was inspired to buy three books of German twisted stitch patterns, that I’m really hoping will arrive in the post very soon. The other interesting thing about these is the textured palm and thumb. I’ll be using them to help me decide if I prefer a textured, ribbed or plain palm on my own gloves.
So I’m busy trying different things, working out what I like and don’t like, mixing it all up, and you’ll see what I come up with in a few months time! One thing I can tell you though, is that I’ll definately be including instructions for making them either fingerless mitts, or gloves as I think some people prefer each style. I also need to work on my technique for picking up stitches neatly for the top of the tumb gussets, and if I can persuade my husband to help me with the photos, I’ll have a photo tutorial soon for the best stretchy cast on I’ve found. I’ve been using it on all these gloves and I love it!
The idea behind year of projects is to make a list of patterns, like all the patterns in a book, or a selection from many places, like Ravelry, and to work through those
patterns in the course of a year. It’s about setting a goal and working towards it. Really though, there are no rules. Lists can (and have) changed and for myself at least, the adventure is more about seeing what I create by the end of a year of yarn crafting, and as a result my list is slightly all over the place! I have goals and targets (and I’ve already completed some) but some change frequently. This week I decided instead of making scarves as Christmas presents (when I suddenly realised I have no idea if anyone has wool allergies or sensitivities and if my sisters-in-law are anything like my husband, they will, and the fact that the first scarf took me a month) I’ve taken the scarves off my list and they’re getting clutch/make up bags instead. My list though is about to go through another huge change because I’ve learnt to knit (or knook) with my crochet hook and I’m loving it. So of course, I need to make room for some small knitting projects too.
I’m aiming to start blogging more this week, and put up a post everyday or so if I can manage it, so since my life isn’t very exciting, I’ve come up with a loose schedule of things to blog. Monday is for new things – hooks, yarn, patterns, books, whatever I have that’s new. Since I got a load of new things last week, I’m set for a little while for Mondays! Tuesdays I’m not sure about. I’ll see if I can come up with something this week. Wednesdays and Fridays are of course for WIP Wednesdays and FO Fridays. Thursday is going to be for knooking, at least for the the first few weeks. Hopefully my blog will be more interesting than just three posts a week.
So what have I been doing this week? I’ve been working on adapting the Skaði Fingerless Gloves to fit my hands in fingering weight yarn with a 3mm hook. It’s pretty slow going I have to say, and I haven’t made much progress since Wednesday, but I’m determined to complete them. I love the way the bamboo yarn feels so soft and smooth, I think it’s rapidly becoming my favourite fibre! It’s a bit of a shame that the colour runs are so short, but as the rows build up I’m enjoying seeing the random patterns they form.
I’ve also been working on my first knitting project, Hearts on Her Sleeve Arm Warmers. I’m four rows away from the thumb split on the left glove and it’s going really well. I had a minor breakthrough last night when I suddenly realised how to read the cabling symbols on the chart and stopped needed to check them all the time! The ribbing is great for getting a good fit and I’m really happy with how it’s been going so far. There’s definitely going to be more knitting projects in my future. The top photo is how it looks as I’m working on it, inside out, and this photo is obviously the right way round. I have to resist the temptation to keep turning it around as I’m working on it to see how it’s doing.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls
- Ziggy Lace Scarf
- Lacey Crochet Scarf <- Finished
- Iris Crocheted Shawl <- Finished
- Recuerdos de Infancia
- Urban Shells <- Finished
- Elise Shawl <- Finished
- Broomstick Lace Scarf <- Started
- Blue Lagoon
- Angel Crochet Scarf
- Chester the Dog
- Fawn 2.0
- Tilly the Panda
- Little Bear
- Sheldon Turtle
- Realistic Octopus <- Finished (and awesome!)
- Finola the Fox
- Amigurumi Penguin
- Tote Bag <- Finished
- Cap Sleeved Top
- Ginny Cowl
- Realta Blanket <- In progress
- Polo Neck Bag <- In progress
- Skaði Fingerless Gloves <- In progress
- Hearts on Her Sleeve Fingerless Gloves <- In progress
- Clutch/Make Up Bags x 6 <- based on this idea and I’ll be choosing stitches from my new Handbook of Crochet Stitches book
This has been a long post this week! Well done if you got to the bottom and have a great crafty week everyone!
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