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It’s almost time to dash back – back to work, back to school, back from the cottage. When the time comes, you’ll be glad that today’s offering was Raspberry Dash: Easy Fingerless Driving Gloves. You can take back your summer memories and these colorful little glove-lets, too! Brightly colored and quick to knit, these nifty knits feature an easy mesh stitch back and sweet button closure. They’re ribbed top and bottom and have a fully fashioned thumb gusset. Worked in plump and vibrant Koigu KPM, they’re as satisfying to make as they are to wear. You’ll love them when the first fall nip creeps into the air!
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Until we meet again, here’s today’s pattern, Raspberry Dash. I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there. Happy Knitting!
Easy fingerless driving gloves with button closure
YARN:Koigu KPM (100% Merino Wool 50 g/175 yd) 1 skein Dye Code 2125
NEEDLES: 2.75mm circular needle with minimum 40” cable for magic loop or 2.75mm double pointed needles
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, one distinctive for BOR, 2.50mm crochet hook for button loop, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, two 3/8″ buttons
GAUGE: 30-32 sts and 48 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZE: (after blocking)
- Ladies Small: 6“ in circumference (fits 7” hand circumference)
- Ladies Medium: 6-1/2” in circumference (fits 7-1/2“ hand circumference)
- Ladies Large: 7” in circumference (fits 8“ hand circumference)
- Mitts are worked in the round from the cuff upward using your preferred method of working in the round.
- Pattern is written for magic loop method but can easily be worked on multiple double pointed needles.
- Stitch pattern is presented in written form.
- Row 1: k1 *yo, sl 1 knit-wise wyib, k2, pass slipped st over both knitted sts* repeat from * to end of needle
- Row 2 & 4: Purl
- Row 3: *sl 1 knit-wise wyib, k2, pass slipped st over both knitted sts, yo* repeat from * to last st on needle, end k1.
M1R: (Make 1 right-leaning) Pick up running strand between stitches from back to front; knit through the front loop
M1L: (Make 1 left-leaning) Pick up running strand between stitches from front to back; knit through the back loop
ELASTIC BIND-OFF: K2, *insert left needle into front of both sts on the right needle from left to right and knit the two sts together throught the back loops, k1* Repeat.
Using the Long-Tail Method, CO 45 (48, 51). [For a video tutorial on the Long Tail Cast On, CLICK HERE] Beginning with a WS row, work 5 rows Stockinette St, then 7 rows k1, p1 ribbing.
Right Glove: On last row, join for working in the round, placing 25 sts on Needle 1 for back of hand and remaining 20 (23, 26) sts on Needle 2 for palm. The split in the edging will mark BOR.
Left Glove: On last row, join for working in the round, placing 25 sts on Needle 2 for back of hand and remaining 20 (23, 26) sts on Needle 1 for palm. The split in the edging will mark BOR.
Right Glove: Work in Netting Stitch across Ndl 1. On Ndl 2, place removable thumb markers before and after the 5th st, leaving 1 st between the two markers. Knit to end of Ndl 2. On next and every following 3rd rnd, work Thumb Inc Rnd as follows:
- Thumb Inc Rnd: On Ndl 2, knit to first marker, SM, M1L, k to next marker, M1R, SM, k to end of rnd. (2 sts inc)
Continue increasing in this manner, keeping Ndl 1 in Netting Stitch, until there are 21 sts between the thumb markers, then work 2 rnds even, keeping Ndl 1 in pattern st as established.
On the next rnd, work in pattern across Ndl1, k to first marker, place next 21 sts on waste yarn for thumb, removing markers as you encounter them. Cast on 3 sts over the gap using backward loop method, k to end of rnd.
Left Glove: On Ndl 1, place removable thumb markers before and after the 19th st leaving 1 st between the two markers. Knit to end of Ndl 1. Work Netting Stitch across Ndl 2. On next and every following 3rd rnd, work Thumb Inc Rnd as follows:
- Thumb Inc Rnd: On Ndl 1, knit to first marker, SM, M1L, k to next marker, M1R, SM, k to end of Ndl (2 sts inc)
Continue increasing in this manner, keeping Ndl 2 in Netting Stitch, until there are 21 sts between the thumb markers, then work 2 rnds even while continuing to work Ndl 2 in pattern.
On the next rnd, k to first marker, place next 21 sts on waste yarn for thumb, removing markers as you encounter them. Cast on 3 sts over the gap using backward loop method, k to end of Ndl 1. Work Netting Stitch across Ndl 2 to end of rnd.
HAND: Continue working as established, keeping the top of the hand in Netting Stitch and the palm in Stockinette st until hand measures 1-1/2” from sts cast on over thumb (or desired length less ¾” for top edge finishing).
Finish the hand by working 7 rnds in k1, p1 ribbing. Bind off by working the Standard Bind Off over the palm sts and the Elastic Bind Off over the top of the hand.
- Place 21 sts from waste yarn onto three dpn’s. Join yarn. (This is BOR)
- With a fourth dpn, pick up and knit 5 sts at base of hand (this includes the 3 cast on sts plus 1 st on either side).
- K to 1 st before BOR. Knit this last st together with the first st on the next needle. K until 1 st remains on this needle. Knit this remaining st together with the first st on the next needle. (24 sts in round).
- Knit 5 rnds even.
- Finish the thumb by working 6 rnds in K1, p1 rib. Bind off using the Standard method.
Create button loop by joining yarn at the top of the ribbed portion of the Cuff. Chain 6. End off and fasten to bottom of ribbed portion. Weave in ends. Wet block to dimensions.
CLICK HERE for Standard Abbreviations
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