Wherein Tim gets new gloves
Posted by Andi on January 25, 2014
In my attempt to be frugal, especially where knitting is concerned, I’m making a concerted effort to use patterns I already own and yarn from my stash where possible. Sure, there are tons of free patterns out there, but I own so many already that I want to use what I have where I can. That’s not to say I will not buy a new pattern or new yarn. I mean, I’m not going to use just any fingering weight yarn for any sock pattern. I want the yarn and pattern to match well. However, I’m just trying to see if I can find that perfect match up with items I already have.
So when Tim wore a ton of holes into the gloves I made him a few years back, I started searching my pattern library for a pattern for men’s gloves. Once I found a few, I searched my stash to see if I had any yarn that would work well with the various patterns I found. Here’s what I came up with.
I bought this yarn last year when Frances and I went to The Fold instead of Greencastle because of flooding. I bought this yarn with Tim in mind. He loves bright blue. I figured I would make him a pair of socks out of this yarn, but when I found a glove pattern that used fingering weight yarn I figured this would be as good of a use for this yarn as any.
One thing I didn’t particularly like about this pattern is that it used fingering weight yarn, but the main part of the glove is knit with a size 3 needle. The resulting fabric isn’t very dense, and when the glove stretches a bit on the hand it can be drafty. The last pair of gloves I made for Tim were made out of worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, making a thick and non-drafty fabric. However, these gloves aren’t Tim’s primary source of warmth. Tim wears a thin glove for dexterity. These new gloves will be worn over the thin gloves for a bit of extra warmth. Since that’s the case, these work out great. But if he didn’t have a layer under them, they would let too much cold air in.
He seems to really like them, and likes the fact that most of the blue part of the yarn is the same color as the Tardis. Overall, success!!