Photo copyright to Cheryl Niamath, published at Knitty.com
Hey, KUTD-ers! Happy Wednesday, and welcome back to the Knitting Under the Desk Blog. If this is your first visit to the site, let me introduce you to what we do here. The Knitting Under the Desk Blog posts twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays to share with you completely FREE knitting patterns that are small enough and/or simple enough that they can be knit easily under your desk at work or school. Oftentimes the patterns are related to the season or current holidays and are meant to inspire you with gift ideas. The patterns are posted on Mondays to give you a new project idea at the start of every work week, and Wednesdays to help get you through to the weekend.
Today’s KUTD-able pattern suggestion is Fetching, a fingerless gloves pattern, by Cheryl Niamath. This beautiful yet simple pair of fingerless gloves is classically elegant with a little cable work and ribbing, and was published in the Summer 2006 issue of Knitty. The pair can be easily knit up over the weekend but have enough flair to keep you far from bored in the process.
To make a pair of Fetching for yourself or a loved one, you’ll want to pick up a skein or two of something soft and lovely like Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (as recommended by the author and used in the project photo.) which is approximately 98yd per 50g ball. The pattern mentions in a few places that a lot of knitters can get away with completing a pair of Fetching with one skein, however, it’s also been reported that in order to do so you’ll need to unravel your test swatch. If you are worried about having enough yarn, just grab a second ball. You can always make a second pair if you don’t end up using it! You’ll also need some US size 6 needles (circular or DPN, whichever your “in the round” preference is), a stitch marker, a cable needle, a tapestry needle, and a length of some contrasting scrap yarn.
What I love most about Fetching is how simple it is. And yet, so pretty and useful. I think a pair of these would make a great gift for my sister-in-law this Christmas, who wants to have warm hands, but also needs the use of her fingers. And with it taking only one ball of yarn, it’s also an economical gift that will be well received. As the pattern says, you can get the yarn on a Friday, and by Sunday you’ve got a finished pair of fingerless gloves to wear to work on Monday. You’ll love it!
Have a wonderful rest of your week and a great weekend! Hope you enjoyed today’s KUTD-able pattern suggestion :)