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LIBRA GLAMOUR OPEN MITTS & HALF FINGER GLOVES PATTERN

I decided to make these gloves after I scooped some Lana Gross Mille Merino Chunky yarn which I absolutely loved the feel of, it is not too soft nor too rough and it was just crying out to be knitted into some gloves. I thought that some half finger gloves for use in my self propel wheelchair would be ideal made up in this gorgeous yarn.

Then after I made them with half fingers, I decided I really wanted a pair for everyday use around the house or just doing anything where my hands suffer from stiffening up with cold and muscle tightness due to some nerve damage I am currently living with. The Open Mitts are ideal for regular use where you dont want anything close around your fingers and keep your wrists and hand joints nicely warm without being too hot.

Both pairs are ideal for the Autumn and the name for these gorgeous gloves and open mitts was decided by my twelve year old daughter Angelica who was also born in October, the Libra month. Angelica has named them Libra Glamour because she is a Libra star sign and because she wanted to decorate them with some pretty beads for me from her collection to make them extra special and glamorous.

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have enjoyed designing both pairs and testing the pattern to make a third pair.

Everything in this pattern is held with the copyright registered to me: "Helen Jacobs-Grant ©2008" and must not be reproduced or copied without my express permission. This pattern is intended for personal use only and you may print the pattern out for your own use but please do not pass it on without asking me first.

If you would like to contact me, please send an email to:
myheartexposed@me.com

Helen x
Blog : http://myheartexposed.co.uk
Ravelry ID : myheartexposed

Please read the pattern through properly before trying to make these gloves or mitts as it will make more sense to you while you are working through the instructions. Details for finishing up for Half Finger Gloves, Full Finger Gloves, Open Mitts and Reinforced Gloves are all at the end of the pattern.

Materials
Lana Gross Mille Chunky in Olive Green and Creme Caramel
or you can use any other Chunky type yarn
I have used only one strand of yarn throughout the pattern
hook
small round blue KK loom
tapestry sewing needle
pearl or glass beads for decoration (optional)

For reinforced gloves for use in a wheelchair, two pieces of suede backed leather approx 5 inches square

Stitches:
crochet cast on
crochet bind off
knit stitch
purl stitch
garter stitch - one garter stitch row is made up of one row knit stitch and one row purl stitch
move 1 - move the stitch loop from one peg to the net peg

Wrist and Hand Section
Cast on all 24 pegs using the crochet cast on method

garter stitch two rows
change colour

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"K2, move 1 loop to next peg, wrap empty peg, first knit off the top loop on the next peg, then knit the two loops together as one on the same peg" repeat from *to* to end of row
next row - knit every stitch
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repeat from *** to *** 25 times

Hand with thumb section
use variation to pattern for left and right hand

left hand variation
follow from * to * till last four stitches remaining

working back the way you arrived at the last four stitches, crochet cast on three stitches above the stitches already on the three pegs.

Ignore the bottom loops on the first three pegs and knit the seven stitches

Crochet cast on three stitches at the end of the row of seven stitches being sure to ignore the bottom loops on the three pegs.

You now have a row of ten stitches, the three on each side of the four in the middle have loops below them, just ignore them and working with the top loops only knit the ten stitches for eight rows. Change colour and complete two garter stitch rows. Bind off your row of ten stitches which make up the thumb piece.

rejoin yarn to the stitch on peg 20 and work back to peg 1 a knit stitch row

"K2, move 1 loop to next peg, wrap empty peg, first knit off the top loop on the next peg, then knit the two loops together as one on the same peg" repeat from *to* to end of row, crochet cast on four stitches, lift bottom loop over top loop on peg 1 so that there are only one stitch on each peg all the way round.

next row - knit every stitch

Right Hand variation
"K2, move 1 loop to next peg, wrap empty peg, first knit off the top loop on the next peg, then knit the two loops together as one on the same peg" repeat from *to* to end of row.

crochet cast on three stitches above the stitches on the last three pegs of the row you just completed.

knit the three cast on stitches and the first four stitches on pegs 1 - 4 then cast on three stitches on next three pegs above the stitches already on pegs 5, 6 and 7.

You now have a row of ten stitches, the three on each side of the four in the middle have loops below them, just ignore them and working with the top loops only knit the ten stitches for eight rows. Change colour and complete two garter stitch rows. Bind off your row of ten stitches which make up the thumb piece.

rejoin yarn to the stitch on peg 5 and work all the way round to peg 24 a knit stitch row

crochet cast on five stitches from pegs 1 - 5, lift bottom loop over top one on peg 5 so that there is only one stitch left on peg 5.

Work from peg 4 back to peg 1 in knit stitch so that the working yarn is at the beginning of the round for the next row.

Hand section
stitch pattern reminder:
***
"K2, move 1 loop to next peg, wrap empty peg, first knit off the top loop on the next peg, then knit the two loops together as one on the same peg" repeat from *to* to end of row
next row - knit every stitch
***
repeat rows from *** to *** three times

change colour
complete two garter stitch rows

change colour
knit 6 rows

change colour
garter stitch for 1 row

bind off.

For Open Mitts leave like they are without adding the fingers, jut follow the finishing up instructions at the bottom of the finger pattern. For Half Finger gloves add fingers as below:

8 Finger Pieces
Middle Finger - make 2
cast on 8 stitches
knit stitch for 14 rows,
change colour
garter stitch for two rows
bind off

Index Finger - make 2
cast on 8 stitches
knit stitch for 10 rows,
change colour
garter stitch for two rows
bind off

Ring Finger - make 2
cast on 8 stitches
knit stitch for 10 rows,
change colour
garter stitch for two rows
bind off

Little Finger - make 2
cast on 7 stitches
knit stitch for 8 rows,
change colour
garter stitch for two rows
bind off

With right sides facing sew each finger piece together along the side using the yarn tail. Turn back the right way, weave in ends and leave to one side.

Finishing Off
Open Mitts
turn glove inside out and weave in all the ends.
Sew up thumb seam.
Decorate with beads across the hand in between your green garter stitch rows.

Half Finger Gloves
turn glove inside out and weave in all the ends.
Sew up thumb seam.
Fold each finger piece in half and sew up the side seam.
Sew the bottom sides of the fingers together so you have four fingers in a neat row.
Attach fingers row to the back of the green garter stitch rows on both sides of the hand.
Turn glove back the right way and decorate with beads across the hand in between your green garter stitch rows.

For Full Finger Gloves

Add four extra rows to each finger piece and bind off using the gather method. Fold finger piece in half, sew up the side seam then gather the top of each finger piece. Secure in ends and continue the pattern for finishing off for the half finger gloves.

For the thumb piece, cast on the same amount of stitches as pattern dictates, knit 20 rows instead of 8, DO NOT bind off, just join and continue knitting in the round following the pattern for the rest of the hand. The thumb piece at the end will be already folded in half and you will have to sew up a seam on each side of the thumb.

Wheelchair Use
Reinforced Thumb and Palm areas

Sew one piece of leather inside the base of the thumb and palm are of each hand to reinforce the gloves for use with self propel wheelchairs. You could sew the leather to the outside of the glove by cutting it into a neat oval shape first and sewing across the palm towards the base of the thumb and in between the thumb piece and hand. This also provides extra grip for the hands.

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Comments:
[User Picture]From: cassandramalfoy
2008-10-24 09:08 am (UTC)

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That is so cool! :D
I hope you'll post pics of your finished work! :D
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-24 09:32 am (UTC)

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Thanks Cass :)

Just sewing the beads on the last open mitt now and will post pictures later today :)

Glad you like these and hope you will make some, I love the stitch combination it just looks so textured without being a cable stitch plus it is so easy to do as well :)

Have fun this weekend, I was thinking about you last night but didnt see you online for a chat. Stay safe and have lots of fun wont you.

Looking forward to hearing all the details when you get back ok

pics too :)

Huge hugs

H xx
[User Picture]From: cassandramalfoy
2008-10-24 11:26 am (UTC)

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Welcome Helen. :)

Cool.
I'll be sure to check them out later when I'm home after my trip.

Hmm...maybe I'll try it sometime when I buy yarn for it later. :D

Thanks. I'll be sure to stay safe and have fun.
Oh I'll be taking extra batteries with my digital camera. ;D

[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-27 12:13 pm (UTC)

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thanks Cass, I am glad you got back safely and am looking forward to seeing your pics :)

Huge hugs

H xx
From: uggyknits
2008-10-24 02:14 pm (UTC)

They are just divine

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Hi Helen
Hope you don't mind i have saved the pattern on my pc as i don't have the loom free to try the pattern yet. I am so going to make these. You are so right i just read the pattern from start to finish and wow so simple. Keep up the good work hun.

Big Hug's Justine :o)
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-27 12:18 pm (UTC)

Re: They are just divine

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Excellent news Justine, cant wait to see your gloves all knitted up :)

Dont forget to send me your pattern again with the new bits filled in and the photograph so I can make it into a pdf for you then add it to the group.

Can you do this before Wed please because Saturday or Sunday it will go on the group's front page as a feature project :)

H xx
[User Picture]From: icewyche
2008-10-24 03:27 pm (UTC)

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Neat! I'll have to try these!
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-27 12:20 pm (UTC)

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excellent, looking forward to seeing them made by you :) Can you let me know when you do them please so I can see ? Going to add you as a friend, if that is not ok please let me know so I can remove you afterwards. I totally will understand and not take offence if you would rather not add each other, no worries just let me know ok :)

Helen x
[User Picture]From: icewyche
2008-10-27 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Oh, friend away - I love making new friends! It may be a while before I get to the gloves since I'm up to my eyeballs in other projects, but they're definitely on my "must-do" list.
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-27 11:33 pm (UTC)

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Thanks :)) you add too, I will be adding more and more patterns in November and December mind you I am no pattern writer but I do my best so please let me know if I do them in a way you understand or dont understand as I usually am used to just writing things out for my 12 year old daughter to understand.

My to do list is growing by the day as well. My husband's hat has been left all day since this morning as we have been making the Christmas Bells as part of the loom class group projects starting yesterday.

So many lovely things to make and do so little time, I am sure you are familiar with that LOL

Hugs

Helen x
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[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-10-27 11:29 pm (UTC)

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HI yes, they are working out brilliantly for the wheelchair fro grip and to stop your hands from the freezing cold winds and cold metal of the wheel too. I love them and will make more pairs. I bought some Lana Grossa Bingo to make the next pair in pale blue. Not sure how clean they will stay or for how long but I just loved the colour so wanted to buy it :)

I will add you when I have finished typing this message to you, thank you and lovely to meet you :)

We have been doing the Knifty Christmas bells all day long since just after 10pm last night as the Loom Class started yesterday. I thought it would be a great project for my children and I was right, they loved it. Going to add the photographs in a bit. How are you getting on with yours?

Hugs

Helen x
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[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-11-02 01:00 pm (UTC)

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Hiya just wondering how you are getting on with your Christmas decorations projects ?

H x
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[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-11-03 12:55 pm (UTC)

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oh no I am so sorry to hear this news.

Please know that you are in my thoughts ok and I am sending you lots of healing vibes and hugs

((((((((((((( hugs ))))))))))))

H xx
[User Picture]From: maypanic
2008-10-31 04:16 pm (UTC)

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I'm saving this to my memories because I definitely want to try when my blue loom is free again! It'll be a while yet though, because I'm participating in the knit-a-long at who_knits and of course the Doctor Who scarf is around 20 feet long.

I think I'm still a bit confused about the fingers. Hopefully it will make more sense as I do it. Eight stitches wide? Ok. I'm really looking forward to these! Will have to sew leather on the palm, I walk with a cane and knit gloves slide off the handle.
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-11-02 01:53 pm (UTC)

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can you send me a link for the who_knits group I dont know about that one yet and would love to join for Ivan and me?

the fingers are just tubes made separately then sewn together and sewn into the hand. Simple as :) I am sure you will get the hang of it. Just let me know if you need any help. My email address is myheartexposed at me dot com

I use the google email address for group messages for the knifty knitter looms yahoo group I moderate so it tends to get swamped a lot.

I am adding you as a friend so feel free to do the same if you like :)

Helen xx
[User Picture]From: maypanic
2008-11-02 03:22 pm (UTC)

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http://community.livejournal.com/who_knits/

Also great fun for fans is http://community.livejournal.com/crafty_tardis/

While who knits is just knit and crochet (and completely taken up with the knit-a-long right now), crafty tardis is all kinds of crafts. Silly fun.

Thanks for the offer of help, I think I was just too tired and brain-fogged looking at it the first time. Very clever way to make fingers, but I've never seen it anywhere else!

Friending back, I love new friends with similar interests! Just be warned, mine is meant to be mostly a geeky fandom journal... although real life has been creeping in more of late.
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2008-11-02 03:30 pm (UTC)

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LOL I have a lot of geeky fandom friends on my friends list, you must check out some of them, one in particular hugh_casey posts really cool pictures and runs Philcon as well. I am a closet sci fi fan LOL :)

Thanks for the links, will check em out later

H xx
[User Picture]From: Lori Bradley
2011-11-07 01:52 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much for sharing this! I never dreamed something so beautiful could be made on the knifty knitter. My daughter and I have been making mitts on the loom for almost 2 years just leaving an opening for the thumb. My thumb gets cold this way and I've been trying to figure out how to make a thumb. You saved me so much work and your mitts are so much prettier. You're a very talented lady.
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2011-11-15 10:27 pm (UTC)

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thank you so very much Lori, have you finished your mitts yet? cant wait to see them :)
From: Gary Gill
2012-02-01 12:36 am (UTC)

Love the mits! Knitting a pair right now. Need your help

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Hello. I love these mits!! I have one started and I am now to the point of making the thumb. Can you please explain further how to do the thumb/fingers? I've made it to your instructions where you say 'Left hand variation, follow from * to * till last four stitches remaining. Done that. Next you say to 'working back the way you arrived at the last four stitches, Done, that. Then you say,'crochet cast on three stitches above the stitches already on the three pegs'. This is where I am lost. Can you please offer some assistance???

Thank you so much for a lovely pattern!! Hope to hear from you soon!
Sincerely,
Mandy~
[User Picture]From: neat_and_pretty
2012-02-01 01:42 am (UTC)

Re: Love the mits! Knitting a pair right now. Need your help

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thanks Mandy email me myheartexposed at me dot com and I'll send you a photo of what the thumb row looks like :)