I’m so pleased to finally be working on a new version of the opera gloves pattern. I know lots of people have found the pattern to be a bit frustrating, including me. So I’m re-writing the pattern so that it’s a bit simpler and hopefully a lot easier to understand. What’s more exciting though is that I’m taking photos of the trickier bits and doing it as a guide to making them from any guage yarn and in any size you like. It’s taking a little while because there is so little daylight at the moment. Basically today the sun didn’t come out at all – I think it may have been scared of the wind, I was. I’m seriously considering eating lots in the hope that if I weigh more I won’t blow away. It’s now just after 4pm and I’m about to close the curtains. So hopefully tomorrow I can finish up the second of this pair while taking pictures. The poor glove has been sitting waiting for me to do the increases since Monday. There’s also a very real possibility that I’ll run out of yarn – this is how much I was left with from the first ball:
I think that means they were meant to be though. Just cross your fingers that there isn’t less yarn in the second ball. I also need to do some clearer illustrations than these, which I’m really looking forward too. It’s been a long time since I drew anything.
Thinking about illustrating this pattern / guide / thingymagig got me wanting to buy a graphics tablet again. So I have a bit of motivation now to make stuff for the etsy shop and to get some more patterns together so that I can buy one. I made these to sell, and to try some variations on the basic pattern. But then they were so perfect for my friend Anna, and her birthday was a couple of weeks ago so I had to give them to her. She got so excited that it was completely worth it even if they won’t help me buy that graphics tablet.
I did a picot bind off on these ones, I love how that looks.
While I’m on the subject of these gloves, Danamade this great lacy variation and she’s very kindly shared the pattern on her blog.
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
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