Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week Twenty-Nine: Slippery Fish

Original intended release date: July 17, 2010. See explanatory post.

I have been trying to figure out this skein of gorgeous blue-and-green silk for going on two years now. Some yarns are prettier in the skein, I think. First I made a scarf out of it, and then a shawl, and both were subsequently frogged. They just didn't look right. But then, thanks to the poll (still a few days left to vote!), I started thinking about mitts again, and about that misfit silk.

These are definitely spring-to-autumn mitts, so if you don't use silk, some sort of linen or cotton blend is probably the way to go. (I'm not saying you couldn't use wool, just that it wouldn't be my first choice.) The pattern is intended to break up some of the pooling that happens with variegated yarns, but I think it would look nice in a solid color, too.

Slippery Fish Fingerless Gloves

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Slippery Fish are fingerless gloves worked in the round from the bottom up. A pattern of slipped stitches and lace makes a herringbone motif that is intended to mitigate the pooling effect of variegated yarn.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 110 yards of a dk-weight silk or other warm-weather-appropriate yarn for best results. (Pictured: Artyarns Regal Silk in 132 – DK, 1 skein / 50g / 163 yards, 100% silk)

Supplies:
  • 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 32 sts / 40 rows in pattern stitch

Finished Measurements: Finished gloves will measure approximately 6 inches in circumference and 6.5 inches in length when laid flat; the amount of stretch will depend on the yarn used. Cuff length may be adjusted by doing more or fewer repeats of Rounds 4-5; hand length may be adjusted by doing more or fewer repeats of Rounds 52-53.

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