Friday, 25 May 2012

Cragside Gloves and Hat

Cragside Gloves by Helena Callum.

My Cragside Gloves pattern, which was originally published in Knit Now magazine, Issue 9, June 2012, is now (13 November 2012) available to purchase as a pdf download. Just click on the Buy Now button.

The pdf version includes instructions for full-fingered gloves that were not published in the magazine, and also includes written, as well as charted, instructions. However, the hat is not included in the pdf release - a single issue of the magazine can be obtained, via the publisher's website.

This set was inspired by the National Trust gardens at Cragside in Northumberland, one of my favourite haunts. The gardens include an area with the splendid name Temperate Ferneries, where ferns grow among specially placed boulders. The name could also be applied to the hat and gloves – they carry a lace fern pattern and are lightweight and suited to temperate climes.

The gloves are worked from cuff to fingers and the hat from brim to crown. The lace pattern adds a gentle curve to the edge of each item.

Hat: Small, Medium and Large to fit head circumferences 51, 56 and 60 cm.
Gloves: Small/Medium and Medium/Large to fit hand circumferences 17-19 or 19.5-21 cm

Hat: 30 sts and 38 rows to 10 × 10 cm (4 × 4 in) in stocking stitch (stockinette stitch)
Gloves: 31 sts and 40 rows to 10 × 10 cm (4 × 4 in) in stocking stitch (stockinette stitch)

For the half-fingered gloves: Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock (399m per 100g skein; 100% wool) – 1 skein in Laurel
For the full-fingered gloves: Shilasdair Luxury Blend 4ply, 20% cashmere/ 40% angora/ 40% lambswool, 200 m / 220 yd, 50 g ball. Forest Green: 1 (2) balls

Other 4-ply weight, luxury-blend or wool rich yarns should also work well

  • 3 mm (US 2.5), 40 cm/16 in long circular needle and dpns for hat; 2.75 mm (US 2) dpns for gloves, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers

The photos that were taken for the magazine version are gorgeous:
Cragside Gloves and Hat, published in Knit Now magazine, June 2012. Photo by Tim Bradley for Practical Publishing

And here's a closer look:
Cragside Gloves, published in Knit Now magazine, June 2012.

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Post last edited 15 November 2012 to add new purchase information

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