How Fetching!

Another quick FO for me:

fetching
lefty fetching

Once again, these are not for me (I am wondering when I last finished something for myself now). I really like them though — I’ve never been a fan of gauntlets or fingerless gloves, but I can actually see myself wearing something like this.

fetching detail
mmm picot

Pattern:

Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath, published at Knitty

Yarn:

Stashbuster! Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in #611 (brick red) and #004 (navy) (leftovers from the Quil-ghan).

Needles:

Clover bamboo dpns, US6

Started-Finished:

23 Aug 2006 – 26 Aug 2006

Modifications:

My first modification was changing the picot bind-off. The pattern specifies to bind off a few stitches normally, then cast on one stitch using the cable cast-on. I could not get this to look right, so I said to heck with it and went back to what I know: crochet. I bound off using a slip-stitch, and I chained three stitches where I wanted the picots. I think it turned out well — I initially tried just chaining one stitch, but it wasn’t enough picot for me, so I went back to my standard doily picot which may be too much for some people. I like it, though, and it doesn’t flare out as much as the people in the knitalong were complaining that the standard knit bind-off does.

When I worked the thumb, I did some stitch twisting for the extra stitches I picked up in order to avoid holes. Some of the people in the knitalong are having hole problems, so I went with my own experience on picking up extra stitches and ignored the pattern here. I’m happy with how the thumbs look on my version.

Finally, the big modification that I didn’t want to make… I finished the first glove, bound off, weighed it, and then weighed my leftover yarn. Close, but should be enough. I wove in the ends and had one monochrome brick red glove completed. I started the second. Right around when I was at the thumb I realized that there was no way I was going to have enough yarn.

As I finished up as much as I could with the red, I decided that I would undo the woven-in ends and the picot bind-off at the top of the first glove and just finish both gloves off with some cashmerino I had in stash. I considered doing the thumb in navy as well, but decided against it. I picked up the navy yarn and worked the last 4 rounds in navy as well as the bind-off. I then set the glove aside — without a thumb.

Then I went back to the first glove and had a bitch of a time picking out the end I had woven in. I ripped the first glove back to the same place I had picked up the navy yarn on the second glove, and I held that yarn in reserve for the thumb on the other glove (confused yet?). I picked up the navy yarn, worked 4 rounds, bound off using slip-stitch crochet with picots.

Finally, I went back to the other glove and worked the thumb with the red yarn I had removed from the bound-off edge of the first glove I finished. I wove the ends in, and voilà. Another finished project that will be popped in the mail this week!

I did enjoy the pattern and it was very simple. However, if you make these and use DB Cashmerino Aran (the yarn specified in the pattern) — keep a very good eye on the yarn you have left, plan on contrasting yarn, or buy a second ball!


I found some purple tweed Kathmandu Aran in stash that my friend DeAnna sent me for my birthday a year or two ago — I’m considering making a pair in that yarn for me!

6 Comments so far

  1. sara on August 26th, 2006

    very fetching indeed!

  2. Andrea on August 26th, 2006

    Lovely! I actually really like the effect the navy edging gives. :)

  3. Kristina on August 26th, 2006

    They look great! I think I like the two colors together better than I would the red alone.

  4. Lolly on August 27th, 2006

    Thanks for the tips! I was planning to make some of these for quickie holiday presents… I will buy extra.

    Yours look great! I think it looks great with the contrast color addition ;)

  5. Dawn on August 29th, 2006

    They look fantastic!! you did a great job. Sounds like you had as much drama with yours as I did with mine. I love the crochet picot edging–Brilliant! Totally agree about the amount of yarn required. Way to scarry with one ball. I say go for it with a pair all your own.

  6. Dipsy D on August 31st, 2006

    That’s one very beautiful version of the “Fetching”-gloves – great work!