>recipe for fingerless forest nymph gloves
by christine liu

adapted from mikado gloves and leaf doodad from nicky epstein

size: to fit christine’s short, thick piano hands

MATERIALS
jo sharp silkroad ultra, [85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 60yd/55m per 50g skein]; color: elm; 1 skein

1 set US #10.5 double-point needles

GAUGE
something around 13.5 sts and 16 rows = 4″, round up or down, be wild

LEAF PATTERN (via nicky epstein via vogue knitting 2004)

[coming soon… pattern is at my work!]

PATTERN [for right glove]

CO 32 sts on dpns.

do 12 rnds of [k2, p2] rib.

arrange stitches so you have 1st needle with 10 sts, 2nd needle with 13 sts, and 2nd needle with 9sts.

for the next 15 rnds, do purls on the 1st needle, leaf pattern on the 2nd, and purls on the 3rd needle. WHILE DOING THIS, decrease 1 stitch every 3 rnds. you should end up with 27 sts.

purl all sts for next 3 rnds, decreasing 1 st at end of each round — 24 sts.

purl sts for next 2 rnds, increasing 1 st at end of each round — 26 sts.

continue purling until you finish stitches on the ‘leaf’ needle.

thumb gusset:
First Rnd: p1, inc one st by pfb (purl front and back of stitch), inc one st by pfb in next st, work to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: p1, inc one st by pfb in next st, p2, inc one st by pfb in next st, work to end of rnd.
Continue increasing in this manner at thumb gusset until there are 10 sts of gusset, not including outer purl sts.
Next Rnd: p2, thread the 10 sts of the gusset onto a scrap piece of yarn and tie loosely (these sts will be worked later), work to end of rnd.

with remaining sts (the finger part) do k2 p2 rib for 3 rnds, and then BO loosely in rib.

get those needles back on the thumb gusset and divide onto 3 dpns. do k2 p2 rib in the round for 3 rnds, and then BO loosely in rib.

repeat for left glove, except place the thumb gusset in the logical place.

FINISHING
weave your ends to your heart’s content.

and so you have it. ta-da!

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