Scottish Fair Isle Workshops
Scottish Sanquhar Gloves, 12-18 hours
Level: Intermediate to advanced (must be proficient with dp needles)
The intricately patterned gloves from 19th century Scotland are a joy and a challenge to knit. Full of small geometric patterns and tiny gussets around the fingers and thumb, they are made on double-pointed needles. Explore the many pattern options of both the ribbing and glove body and discuss designing possibilities while knitting a full-sized glove. Learn about yarn dominance and how to manage two yarns at a time, in three different knitting styles as well as reading your knitting, rather than a pattern to create these marvelous gloves.
Needles: One set of five 7" (or shorter) long dp needles, US sizes 0, 1, or 2
(2.0, 2.5, 2.75mm), whichever size yields a gauge of 9-11 sts/ inch in two color st st, and is comfortable for you to work with. (My hand is medium sized and I worked my glove at 11 sts/inch. If you have a larger hand, you may wish to work the pattern at 9 sts/inch or choose a larger motif.) Please also bring an extra set each of dpn one size larger and one size smaller than the size you will use for your gloves, just in case you find you need to make gauge adjustments.
Yarns: 1.75 oz- 2 oz. balls /240-262 yards (~50 g./ 240 m) each of two colors
(Main Color- MC, and Contrast Color- CC) of plain- textured, solid colored
fingering weight yarn, such as 3 or 4 ply sock yarn. (You may need 2 balls of each color for a pair.)
Some appropriate yarns:
Dale Baby Ull
Fach Haltbar 4 fädig
Brown Sheep Wildfoote
Knit Picks sock yarn
Knit Picks Palette
Jamieson and Smith Jumper weight yarn
Jamieson and Smith shawl weight
3 ply or 4 ply Cherry Tree Hill super sock
Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply
Many space-dyed sock yarns are notappropriate as they will cause the motifs to
blur. Solid colored yarns are best.
Extras: St. markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart,
tapestry needle, scraps of contrast color yarn, tape measure.
Homework is required (see below).
Cast on 44 sts and work a gauge swatch in the round with your two yarns. Work the following pattern for 2" with needle size #0, then 2" with #1, then 2" with #2.
Block with steam, then measure the gauge: _______________________sts/ inch
Now measure your wrist: ___________________inches.
If necessary, adjust this number to be certain the total number of sts is divisible by 4 for the ribbing repeat.
Cast on sts in MC (darker) yarn. Join CC (lighter) yarn and work ribbing for 1.5" (or desired length) in one of the following patterns of corrugated ribbing. (Patterns 1 & 2 are one-color ribbings):
Pat 1 Pat 2 Pat 3 Pat 4 Pat 5
Then knit 2 rounds in MC. Leave on needles. In class another 7/8" will be knitted for the cuff in a different motif. Email me if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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