Creative Friday - handspun hat and fingerless gloves

This week I've been creating some warm woollens for the 10yo. She is going off to camp soon and needed to check a beanie off her list. Some fingerless gloves also seemed the order of the day. Using handspun wool makes my heart sing and it was a joy to knit these couple of items in soft merino.

Combine this with the speedy continental knitting method and magic loop knitting, I was left wanting more!





Linking up with Linda today at Natural Suburbia.

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Easy fingerless gloves for 10yo - 8-10 ply yarn, 4mm circular knitting needles.
Cast on 28sts and join in round. Knit in rib until desired length to thumb. Cast off seven stitches, continuing in pattern. The following round, cast on 7sts over the previous cast off sts. Knit until glove reaches  knuckles and cast off loosely.

Hat was knitted top down using figure 8 cast on, adjusting stitches to suit head measurement along the way.

Comments

  1. Is this the Hulk revisited? I love all things green whether it's the Hulk, Shrek or someone else. How clever you are to turn a raw material into a beautiful, useful, final product and I'm sure your daughter will enjoy showing it off on camp.
    I did learn how to knit using the continental method many years ago and must give it another go some time. But it's very hard to change when you've knitted the same old way on and off for 40 years!
    Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. No, I wish I could say it was The Hulk, serendipity! It's actually some merino top that I bought (she chose) while down in town over the holidays. She was smitten with the shades of green, which is not unlike The Hulk itself now that you mention it. ;) I can totally understand getting into your own knitting style, I suppose I was lucky, I hadn't been knitting all that long and had just picked up bad habits so it was a good thing the change came when it did! :)

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  2. Christine, your handspun is gorgeous! The hat and fingerless gloves are so beautiful, thank you very much for sharing your patterns. I love knitting with the magic loop technique, it completely changed my knitting. Thank you for linking up to Creative Friday:)

    Yesterday, my girls and I tried your rosemary hair rinse, first we washed our hair with our homemade soap and then tried the rinse, well, it was just wonderful! We love it, our hair is so soft and shiny.

    Many thanks Christine:)
    Warmly
    Linda

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    1. Oh, it's so wonderful to hear you like the hair rinse, Linda! I still enjoy using it and really like adding a teaspoon of honey to the bottle - it seems to add extra shine on my hair. Enjoy. I had great fun linking up - thanks for offering the opportunity to do so! Christine xx

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  3. That yarn looks luscious!! Lucky little girl :)

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  4. beautiful handspun. It really made fantastic finished projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Ohhhh I absolutely love them! I am really trying hard not to envy your handspun and knitting skills. I have some Jersey Wooly and Angora wool set aside to spin, and I haven't done it yet (it's the drop spindle's fault, I swear!), but I would LOVE to dye it and crochet something lovely from it.

    Just beautiful!

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    1. Thankyou, quinn..it would help if she could locate one of the gloves prior to going to camp - it seems she will be sporting 80's fashion if it doesn't turn up! ;)

      You are welcome, Natalie, it was very satisfying.

      Ahh! A drop spindle, Kristi! I did my first spinning on a drop spindle so take my hat off to you. I think 'starting' a new project is the biggest hurdle of all. x

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  6. Beautiful handspun and dyed. Such a lovely clour and it has knitted up so beautifully.

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  7. Ohhhh - Now I want one too! I cant knit to save my life (I cant do maths or read music either and I reckon they are all related) So I am deeply envious of you talent just to whip up a quick beanie and a pair of gloves!!!!!
    Pretty cool photos too!
    - Kara

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  8. your hand spun wool looks great knit. Looks like she will be cozy on her trip

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    1. Thanks Kate - I was lucky with this one, it was already dyed when I purchased the fibre ;)

      Hmmm, I don't know, Kara - Maths was never my strong subject but knitting patterns seem to eventually sink in. Your very kind, thankyou! :)

      I hope so, Karen! :)

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  9. You are so clever , Christine. I knit vicariously through you .... apart from the odd blanket square . So inspiring, loved the gloves!

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  10. Love the colour, green is such an uplifting colour to wear. Beautiful knits.

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  11. That is just gorgeous! A lovely colour too.

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  12. Just lovely Christine, beautiful wool and colours. I have yet to try the continental method of knitting, I have your link for it on my pinterest board to try, what do you mean by magic loop knitting - is that using circular needles or is it something else? Thanks, Deb

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    1. And I milk goats vicariously through YOU, Kim. ;) And YOU are very inspiring, so a big thankYoU to YOU!! :)

      Thanks, Racheal.. green seems to be the flavour of the month here, it's kind of nice. :)

      Thanks, Lisa, the colours are what attracted her to the fibre. It was purchased already dyed.

      Yes Deb - magic loop is done with circulars, although the knitting doesn't need to 'fit' the entire length of the cable. The excess cable is pulled through the stitches to create a smaller 'loop' within the circulars. It sounds confusing I know but I'm sure youtube could explain it a whole lot better than me. ;)

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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