Sheep Sanquhar Gloves Pattern


Sanquhar gloves (pronounced “sanker”) have captivated the Scottish, and non-Scottish like since the 1850s.  These gloves have a static architecture, meaning one cannot adjust the size by adding or subtracting a stitch here or there without disrupting the pattern and layout.  Therefore, the thickness of the yarn and the size of needles used determines the size of the gloves.  However, within those confines, I find it such fun to come up with new motifs to insert in the little squares.

These gloves traditionally consist of corrugated ribbing (where the purl ribs are a different color form the knit ribs), a section above the ribbing made os Salt and Pepper motif (alternating stitches of color) where a date and/or initials may be included.  Then the hand is worked, consisting of the motifs and the thumb gusset. The fingers are all three-sided, with tiny gussets between some of them, called fourchettes.  The fingers and thumb end in pyramids.



Designer John Crane created these adorable motifs.  You can see his other work on Ravelry, as John CraneStudio.


• Needles: One set of five 7” long (or shorter) dp needles in the size needed to obtain the gauge for your hand circumference (explained on page 2 of the patter


For Child’s Medium and Large: Brooklyn Tweed Vale, 13/4 oz.(50 g)/ 450 yards (411 m):  1 skein each of two contrasting colors.

For Adult Sizes: Brooklyn Tweed Peerie, 13/4 oz.(50 g) /210 yards (192 m): 1 skein each of two contrasting colors.

Alternate yarns: Lace or fingering sock yarns for smaller sizes, heavier fingering/ light sport weight for the larger sizes.

Notions: St markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart, tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holder, tape measure.