Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Lightweight Lolita


Lightweight Lolita is another simple fingerless glove pattern, with matching cowl. There's something so appealing to me about the simplicity of eyelet lace, especially when combined with elegant garter ridges on a stocking stitch background. I've used a lofty angora yarn (reclaimed, of course!) in delicate baby pink, and added black ribbons for a slightly gothic lolita effect.

The prototypes are up for sale in my Etsy shop!

Both pieces are knitted flat, at quite a loose gauge, and then seamed up with mattress stitch. Here's a nice tutorial for the nervous seamers among you! It's a relatively easy pattern; you will need to know how to knit, purl, make decreases and yarn overs - and of course seam up. Perfect for those of you moving on from dishcloths and scarves.

Mitts

 

Materials: 
90m DK yarn - preferably something light with a halo
3.25mm needles (I'm a loose knitter so you may need to go up a size or two)
Darning needle

Gauge: 25sts = 4" in stocking stitch

Directions:
C/O 40sts, leaving a long tail for seaming.
Knit until you have 3 garter ridges.
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Eyelet row: *YO, k2tog* (RS)
Knit 3 rows of stocking stitch.
Repeat eyelet row.
Knit 3 rows of stocking stitch.
Repeat eyelet row, but replace the first and last k2tog with k3tog. 38sts.
Knit 2 rows of stocking stitch.
Knit 1 row (WS).
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Repeat eyelet row.
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Knit 1 row (WS).

Continue to knit in stocking stitch until the piece measures 3.5", or until it reaches just below your knuckles (using the fourth eyelet round as a guide at the narrowest part of your wrist). End on a knit row.
Knit 1 row (WS).
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Repeat eyelet round.
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.

Knit 5 rows - you should be just one row short of 3 garter bumps, ending with a RS row.
Bind off on the WS in knit stitch, leaving a long-ish tail for seaming up.

Now, thread your darning needle with the bottom tail and seam it up, in mattress stitch, for approximately 4", or until you're at a comfortable point for your thumb hole. Secured the yarn, then with the other tail seam from the top to just below the single garter ridge, or until your thumb fits comfortably.

Then make another one!

Cowl  


Materials:
170m DK yarn, held double - preferably something light with a halo.
5.5mm needles (I'm a loose knitter so you may need to go up a size or two)
Darning needle

Gauge: 15sts = 4" in stocking stitch

Directions:
The instructions for the cowl are identical to the gloves, except that the yarn is held double throughout, and there is no decrease. You will also want to adjust the length of the central stocking stitch section according to the length of your neck - mine measured about 2.25" and I have quite a long neck.

To seam up, using your top tail, seam up to the start of the eyelet section. That's it!


If you so wish, add some ribbons or coloured elastic at the wrists and top of the neck to cinch them in and hold them up. And because it looks pretty.

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