on Jan 23rd, 2010Magenta Nereid Gauntlets (aka Fingerless Gloves)-3 Modifications

Lion's Brand Organic Merino Nereid Gauntlet

I wanted to make a pair of fingerless gloves/gauntlets this winter. To this end, I bought one skein of magenta organic merino at the Lion Brand Studio. It’s a limited edition yarn targeted at fancy yarn snobs with limited budgets. The $8.00 a ball yarn contains 300 yarns and can be used for a wide variety of projects. While I’m concerned about how the yarn will wear as a pair of fingerless gloves, the project is relatively inexpensive for quick-to-make, one season accessory.

After perusing Ravelery, I discovered that there were many, many  options for knitting a pair of fingerless gloves. I  prefer to call them gauntlets because it congers the image of a romantic medieval knight kissing my hand.

I quickly fell for the Nereid Fingerless Gloves which are based on Cookie A’s Pomatomus Sock pattern from Knitty. I liked the lacy fish scale lace pattern.

While the organic merino’s label calls for a size 6 needle, after several swatches, I found that I needed to use size 1 doublepoints to get the pattern to work. In addition, after several rows of knitting, I needed to restart the project by eliminating one pattern repeat or the gloves would have been way too big.

Here are my modifications:

  1. Small size less one pattern repeat (12 stitches)
  2. One less set of rows to make the gauntlets slightly beyond wrist length. They fit under a jacket without any gaps.
  3. Reduced the thumb stitches by 2 to keep the thumb tight enough.

I love the gauntlets. If I were to make them again, I would make the portion above the thumb shorter since it gets in my way when I work. I made these fingerless gloves specifically to knit on the subway.

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

One Response to “Magenta Nereid Gauntlets (aka Fingerless Gloves)-3 Modifications”

  1. Andrea M.on 15 Feb 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Hello,

    I am a beginner knitter, I was wondering if you had the entire pattern for this piece instead of all the various ones you have tagged. Do you remember exactly how you did this glove?

    Thanks,

    Andrea

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