Thursday, July 26, 2012

Queen Anne's Little Lace Gloves

 I was looking to make a pair of fingerless gloves that would cover a lot of ground without using up too much yarn, and happened to have a Queen Anne's Lace Scarf lying right next to me. I wrapped it about my hand, examined it closely, then jotted down this pattern. It took a little bit of trial and error to get it just right, and I tried to add a lace trim over the wrist, but after several rounds of failure, I realized the gloves looked best with no trim at all.

I've found the best way to go up and down in size, is to go up and down in hook size. Making this glove with an H hook was too big for my hands, but trying it again with a G made it just right. Using a ruler, my hand is about 3 inches across. If yours is bigger, then an H or I hook might be better for you.

With a G hook, 1st motif's diameter was 2.5 inches.
With an H hook, 1st motif's diameter was 3 inches.

For the first four motifs, we follow the Queen Anne's Lace pattern exactly. That is:

1st motif:
ch 6, sl st to join.
ch 3, 13 more dc into the ring, do not join, turn.
sc into the first 2 dc, *ch4, sc into next 2 dc (Picot made), repeat from * to the end (Which includes a sc into the beginning chain). ch 6, turn

2nd motif:
sl st into the first picot, ch3, turn.
13 dc into the ch6 loop. Sl st to the sc on the end of the 1st motif, ch1, turn.
sc into the first 2 dc, *ch4, sc into next 2 dc, repeat from * to end. ch6, turn.

3rd motif:
sl st into first picot, ch3, turn.
13 dc into the ch6 loop. sl st into the nearest free picot, ch1, turn.
sc into first 2 dc, *ch4, sc into next 2 dc, repeat from * to end. sl st into nearest free picot, ch6, turn.

Repeat instructions for the 3rd motif for the 4th, and to begin the 5th. On the 5th motif's outer most row (The sc and ch4 picots) do this, instead:

After 3 picots have been made, the 4th picot will be ch 2, sc in 1st motif’s 2nd picot, ch 2, sc into 5th motif as normal. That will be the 4th picot. On the 5th picot, ch 2, sc in 1st motif’s 1st picot, ch2, sc in fifth motif as normal. Continue to end, then continue on into 6th motif as per Queen Anne's Lace instructions (ch6, 14 dc in loop, etc).

On the sixth motif’s outer most row, after 4 picots have been made, the 5th picot will be ch 2, sc in 2nd motif’s closest picot, ch 2, continue on 6th motif as normal to the end. Slip stitch into the fifth motif’s closest picot, as you would in the normal pattern (It is already connected to another picot, as well). Finish off, weave in end.

For second glove, follow the same pattern, then fold it inside-out.

I do not have fancy charting software, so I drew a chart as best I can, and color-coded the picots that should be connected at the end. I hope it helps this make sense!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Floating Bell Sleeves

Silly me, I just had to knit myself the Season 12 Tom Baker scarf from Doctor Who, and only after I was done did I realize I had nothing to wear it with. I don't wear brown, I don't wear mustard, I live in Florida... What am I going to do with an extremely long brown and mustard scarf?

Why, make a costume as an excuse, of course. The only other character I could think of who wore an extremely long scarf was Rikku from FFX. Conveniently, FFX-2 explained her outfit away as proper Thief wear, so it was relatively easy to substitute the Doctor's scarf instead. Shortly thereafter I made a Doctor-themed headband and adapted Doctor-themed sleeves, too.

This is the pattern for the sleeves. I left them in garter stitch to match the scarf, but feel free to mess with it all you like. This is more of a basic guide than a true pattern and I welcome you to edit it to suite your needs.

The yarn I used was Vanna's Choice and I knit with a size 9 pair of circs, but I'm a loose knitter, I think. Without stretching, these wrap around my arm and leave only a 1-1.5 inch gap for the lacing. If the gap is too large or small for your liking, add or remove stitches to change the size.

At row 32, the sleeve reached from my upper arm to my elbow. If you are taller or shorter than me, add more or decrease the rows before you start the increasing rows.

Cast on 35.
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Knit across
Row 3: K1, yo, k2tog, K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, yo, K1
Rows 4-8: Knit across

Repeat rows 1-8 3 more times.
The pattern should make a solid row, a hole row, 2 solid rows, repeat for a total of 4 sets, 16 garter rows, 32 rows. Then we allow it to increase.

Row 33: Knit across
Row 34: Knit across
Row 35: K1, yo, K to last stitch, yo, K1
Row 36-40: Knit across
Repeat Rows 33-40 until you reach row 108, or your own desired length.
Bind off, weave in ends.

To finish, you can use a bulky yarn or a ribbon to lace the sleeves. I used a lucet and the beige Vanna's Choice to make a cord for mine (Google Lucet, if you don't know).

To help keep them on my arms, I cut a strip of fabric and hand-sewed it into the top of the sleeves, and when I wore them, I used fashion tape to adhere them in place.

Good luck and have fun!