I had a week to come up with a quick hand made gift – I decided on fingerless mitts with a stripe of hairpin lace down the center to make them a bit more interesting.
I’d already started spinning some finger weight wool (I’m slowly trying to get through the 9kgs of Ryeland and Gritstone I had cleaned over the winter) and thought that maybe it would be possible to use with my new Knitmaster Zippy De-luxe.
After a little 10×10 sample I found it worked a dream, and with a small adjustment to the tension I was away.
I used 58sts x 75 rows per glove on a tension of 10 for the first 6 rows and then continued on tension 7 for the remainder. This gave me mitts measuring 16cm in length and a circumference of approx 18cm.
The hairpin lace was worked on a narrow width with 30 loops each side for each glove using a 3.25mm crochet hook.