I have been so busy stocking my Etsy shop lately that I have had to put the gloves I am knitting for myself on the shelf for a while. I lost my mittens earlier this winter and instead of buying a new pair I thought that I would knit a pair of mittens myself, using up some leftover wool from my stash. Then halfway through the project I changed my mind and the pattern into finger gloves instead because I thought it would be a good idea to try something new. The whole project ended up taking a lot longer than expected and I had to drop it for a while.
Every morning when I walked out in the cold wind (there is always a cold wind where I live), I thought about my nice, warm, aran weight 100% british wool gloves lying on their shelf almost finished. On particularly cold mornings I was very tempted to wear them with three fingers and one thumb still missing and loose ends dangling in the wind.
Finally, last week I picked up my gloves again and started knitting. And look! My gloves are finished for me to wear. Just in time for spring!
I have used Jarol Pure Brittish Wool Aran in Shade 01. The label recommends 5mm needles, but I used 3.5mm double pointed needles for a tight knit with less visible needle changes. I can’t really share a pattern because I have made them up from several different basic mitten and glove patterns. But I can warmly recommend Kelley’s mitten class from knitpicks (even though these are gloves). Her videos have helped me many times.
Well, my gloves are far from perfect, but they are only for me, so it doesn’t matter. After all, I made them myself and that is what makes them special.