2017 Knit-A-Long

Santa Cruz Knitting Guild

2017 Knit Along

Fingerless Gloves

This year’s Knit-Along will be a little different than in the past. We will be knitting four pairs of fingerless gloves and you will be able to choose three of those pairs. The fourth, and first one that we knit, will be one that we will knit. It is so flexible that we will learn several knitting techniques to start you on your way.

Why Fingerless Gloves?

  1. They are fast
  2. Use up leftover stash
  3. Portable
  4. We get exposed to many knitting techniques
  5. We get a head start on Christmas presents
  6. Knit things for the fair
  7. Knit gloves for the Homeless Garden Project Holiday Store and other charities
  8. Knit them over a period of time, yet since they are short projects, we get a sense of accomplishment

Outline of the Knit Along

  1. Begins in February
  2. First Project is Camp Out Fingerless Mitts
  3. After that one, knit any three or more other different patterns you wish, remembering that the idea is to challenge yourself to learn new techniques.
  4. Ideas on where to look
    1. Check out bundles in Ravelry’s Fingerless Gloves Fanatics Group for patterns.
      1. There are 30 Bundles of different styles
      2. There are over 2,200 patterns in these bundles from simple to difficult, including crochet
    2. Use the leg design on a sock pattern
    3. Make up your own pattern
    4. Find some in books
    5. Use this year’s Program and Workshop topics in your gloves
    6. Need inspiration? Select categories put together by the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics Annual Challenge (see chart on next page) – Choose one from each column. How many can you check off?
  5. Ideally knit one pair per quarter or one pair per month
  6. Ends in November

First Project

Camp Out Fingerless Mitts

  • The first fingerless mitts are worked in two directions.
  • The hand portion is provisionally cast on and worked flat in garter stitch.
  • The two ends are joined using a 3-needle bind off.
  • Stitches are then picked up and the thumb is worked.
  • The rest of the glove is worked in rounds.
  • The pattern has directions for aran, worsted and sport weight yarns (bulky, worsted, sock).
  • You may use either double points or magic loop.

Where do I get help?

  1. Knit meet-ups on last Friday of the month
  2. Call another member and get together
  3. You-tube
  4. Knitty
  5. Ask for help in a meeting
  6. Library books
  7. Attend the workshop in April
  8. Attend the retreat in September
  9. For beginners, please sign up for a class at my house
    1. Choose your needles – DP or magic loop (24”)
    2. Learn helpful techniques

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