Gloves on the Needles

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I haven’t done as much knitting lately as I would like to… life and arthritic hands getting in the way. Since November, though, I have been working on a pair of gloves for my father based on the World War II pattern provided by the American Red Cross for knitters to provide gloves for soldiers serving ‘over there’.

I had to use the ‘wayback machine’ to find the pattern, as the Red Cross no longer keeps it on their site, but there is a link to it here (let me know if the link stops working, and I will email the pdf I have to you).

U.S. World War I poster: “Our boys need sox – knit your bit American Red Cross.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think this pattern is an almost perfect introduction to glove knitting (which is a lot like sock knitting, except fiddlier). I will probably post pattern corrections when I’m done, as I found a problem on my right hand glove and have yet to determine (because I haven’t finished the left glove) whether it was user error or pattern error.

If you have never worn hand knitted wool gloves, you’re missing out. Your hands stay warm, and feel wonderful. I’ve been tempted to spin some unscoured wool to make a pair for myself with the lanolin still in the wool. I can just imagine how those would feel. The problem with this idea is that spinning (at least with a spindle) is hell on my arthritis and therefore very slow going for me (and I’m not very good at it, either).

Also, knitting fingers isn’t nearly as difficult as you’d think it would be. Really. You just go around and around in tiny little circles, tie off the thread, reattach it to the next finger, and keep going. Easy peasy. I guess I’ve never understood the point of fingerless gloves for outside wear.

And pardon me now. I’m in the process of giving the (left) middle finger to the world.


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