Friday, March 14, 2008
Free pattern Friday : Frothy Gothy Wristwarmers
just for April:
Edited to add:
I'm adding some notes at the end of the pattern to allow you to customise to different yarns, lengths, gauges etc.
Frothy Gothy Wristwarmers
based on my Garter lace Mittens
1 x 50 gram ball of any DK [ 8 ply or sport ] yarn that will yield a gauge of 22 stitches to 4" over stocking/stockinette stitch. Exact gauge isn't hugely important but close is good!
1 pair 4mm / US size 5 /UK size 8 needles
Cast on 32 stitches for a short pair - you can make them longer by casting on more. Try 42 or even 52
Row1: k to last 4 stitches, YO, k2tog,YO,k2
Rows 2 -9 Repeat row 1 [ stitch count will increase by 1 stitch per row ]
Row 10: cast off [ bind off] 5 stitches, k to last 4 stitches, YO, k2tog, YO, k2
Row 11: repeat row 10
this establishes the pattern - repeat rows 2 - 11
Repeat from** to ** until you have 5 points on each side of the garter stitch strip or number necessary to fit around wrist ending with row 10
Cast off/ bind off instead of doing row 11.
Seam long edge leaving 2 inches unseamed. This allows the lace to splay out over the back of your hand.
this one hasn't been test knitted yet - so let me know if you pick up any errors.
Because these are constructed side to side , and only the last 4 stitches of each row affect the pattern, you can change the number of stitches to suit yourself, making the gauntlet longer or shorter.
Just work out the length you want them to finish and multiply by the gauge that you are getting PER INCH in your desired yarn.
If you think about what is happening, you are adding 2 stitches [ the YOs ] in each row but only decreasing once, so the stitch count goes up by 1 in each row and you get a pair of lacy holes. I'm putting 5 sets of these offset lace holes at each end, so therefore there is a corresponding pair of 'cast off 5' - one at each end - before starting again. If you look at my Garter Lace Mittens, it's basically the same pattern but with 4 pairs of holes, adding 4 to the stitch count and therefore requiring 'cast off 4'.
Most of you won't need, or want, to know how this stuff works but it's here in case you do.
and of course:
this pattern is copyright 2008 S.Iacuone for personal and charity use only.
For any other use please contact me.
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