Leftovers

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The leftover yarn from my sister’s scarf was bugging me. I couldn’t do much with it til my sister had tried on the scarf and decided whether she liked it or not, so I took it up to my folks with me when we all went to stay after Christmas. Once the scarf had received the appropriate seal of approval, I decided that the leftovers were destined to be a matching pair of fingerless gloves.

I’ve never knitted a pair of gloves before, but I figured after socks, how hard can it be? I divided the yarn carefully in half and set to. I wanted to incorporate the cable design from the scarf, but on my first attempt, I ran out of yarn just after reaching the thumb hole placement. My second attempt was done in simple stockinette and got a little further up the fingers, but didn’t leave me with enough to create the thumb. Back to square one!

My solution was to raid my mum’s yarn stash (I don’t think she’s knitted for years!) in search of a complimentary colour. She came up trumps with some chunky Robin Picasso in a pinky red colour which went beautifully with the Marble Chunky.

So, here’s the third and final version.

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I desperately tried to cast on two at a time in the round, but utterly failed, so had to do them separately. There must be a good tutorial for doing so out there somewhere – anyone got a recommendation? I think they ended up being a pretty good match though, aside from the colour variation in the Marble.

The thumb hole was a new technique for me, but I managed it with the help of this lovely little thumb trick. I picked up a couple of extra stitches to make sure there were no holes and it worked beautifully!

After sewing all the ends in, I had just enough yarn to crochet a couple of flowers to go on the backs of the gloves, but I ran out of time to sew them on, so I left it for my sister to choose whether to do so or not. All in all, I was very pleased with how they turned out, and pleased to have used up all of the yarn. I think my sister likes them, so I hope she wears them. If not I may just have to steal them back from her!

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