Tuesday, January 10, 2012

FO: Urban Necessity Gloves

Finally!!! I finished these on Dec. 30 and wrapped them up to give to my dad on New Year's Eve ... just in time for the warmest winter Northern California has had in a while. But it felt great to get these done, nevertheless.

Pattern Specs

Pattern: Urban Necessity Gloves
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool, gray (8401)
Needles: US 6 dpns
Started: September 19, 2008
Finished: December 30, 2011
Total Time: way too long
Cost: ~ $15-20

My only modification was leaving out the design on the mitten cap. I used a long tail cast-on for the ribbing on both the wrists and mitten cap, to make sure they were stretchy and strong.

For some reason, the mitten cap ribbing on the right mitten (which I knit second) has a purl row, unlike the other mitten. Eh,whatever. At that point I could smell the finish line and wasn't going to rip back because of something like that.

My dad tried them on and they fit really well, but I cringed the whole time as he stuffed his hands into them and pulled the mitten caps on and off ... it's difficult not to treat your knits like your children and accept the fact that gifted knits belong to someone else and you have no control over how they're treated.

I hope my dad gets a lot of use out of these guys ... they were a long time coming!

Next up? A Cambridge Watchcap for my wonderful, tolerant boyfriend. Not knitting anything with appendages sound really, really appealing.