Maybe it's cool, but not so much so to warrant a full pair of gloves or mittens. Or maybe you really like to have your fingers free so you can walk the dog, drive the car, or get your ID out for the doorman. Or maybe you just feel your hands need a new accessory. Heck, these could even go over a pair of gloves to add style to an otherwise boring necessity of winter. Whatever your reason, these nearly gloves can make a fun addition to your wardrobe. I've done mine up in a yarn called Ziti, that is thick and stretchy with just enough texture to give them a little interest without overwhelming the simple lace pattern on top. The ribbing underneath ensures a "one size fits most" construction.
Ziti: 14 Stitches x 18 rows =4"
1 ball of ziti in color of choice
2 Stitch markers
2 x 2 ribbing
Knit 2 together (K2tog)
Yarn over (YO)
Pass over (psso)
Lace Pattern (worked over 11 stitches):
Row 1: K1, yo, k2tog, k5, k2tog, yo, k1
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: Purl
Row 3: K2, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k2
Row 5: K3, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k3
Row 7: K4, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4
Row 9: K3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k3
Row 11: K2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k2
Row 13: K1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k1
Row 15: K2tog, yo, k7, yo, k2tog
Picot Bind off:
*CO 2, BO4* repeat to end
BO remaining St, cut yarn and pull through look to finish.
Work 3 rows of K2 P2 ribbing to end (there's an odd number of stitches so you'll have one extra which is fine)
You should now have the one odd stitch as your first stitch.
Place stitch markers between first and second stitch of this row, and after the 12th stitch. This marks the start and end of the lace panel for the front.
K1, Work row 1 of Lace pattern, continue with ribbing from previous rows to end.
Working in the manner of the previous row, knit until you have completed the entire 16 row lace pattern twice. See schematic for clarification.
Once you have completed the lace pattern twice, work Picot Bind off, cut tail and weave in.
Worked as Left Glove with Lace and Ribbing panels in reversed locations.
From picot edge, sew down 1" with invisible seam.
Leave 1.75" open then sew remaining seam to end.
One note on working with Ziti, it's a very sturdy yarn and is a pleasure to knit but be very careful when weaving in the ends that you do not split the yarn with your tapestry needle. This can cause the yarn to split and your work to unravel, which will make for a bad day. Try using a plastic tapestry needle which is less likely to pierce the yarn and more likely to simply push the yarn aside, which is what you really want to be doing.
This pattern was submitted by Marnie MacLean and cannot be reproduced without expressed written consent.
Patterns may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Copyright Marnie MacLean 2004
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By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.