Project Inspiration: Chevron Gauntlets
Fingerless gloves are a popular project year-round. They're versatile and low-fuss accessories that anyone can appreciate- especially when they're made with love using gorgeous yarns.
Our own Harry Wells just finished designing a fingerless mitts pattern he named the Chevron Gauntlets, and they're so perfect for the season. He knit the design up in both Soft Linen and Silk Blend, and they're both excellent choices that result in lightweight but warm mitts. Soft Linen by Classic Elite is a linen, wool, and baby alpaca blend that breathes easily and softens with time. The wool and alpaca gives bounce and a touchable halo to the linen which creates an incredible drape and adds durability. Silk Blend by Manos Del Uruguay is a hand dyed, single ply, silk and wool blend. The Silk Blend has more body and warmth than the Soft Linen, as well as a lustrous sheen from the silk. Despite being a single ply, the Silk Blend works up with clear stitch definition that won't subtract from the Chevron Gauntlet's textural design.
The Chevron Gauntlet PDF is available to purchase HERE, but we will happily send you a hard copy of the pattern for FREE with your purchase of Soft Linen or Silk Blend. You only need 1 skein of either yarn to complete the mitts! Simply mention the Gauntlets in the 'special instructions' as you checkout.
One of my favorite tidbits about the Chevron Gauntlets is that Harry wrote out the instructions so that you have the option of choosing between the broken rib edge, or a lovely picot hem. The broken rib edge is much more casual, and turns the gauntlets into a great unisex design that anyone can rock. The picot hem (which is actually done by a cool technique that doesn't involve a picot cast on or bindoff) gives the mitts a much more feminine and elegant style. You can see in the image that the mitt knit with the blue Soft Linen has the picot hem, and the mitt knit with the purple Silk Blend is simply the broken rib edge.
The broken rib stitch pattern hugs the wrist, and top edge around the fingers, and the fabulous chevron design is on both sides of the hand as well as the thumb gusset. I've found that thumb gussets can intimidate knitters who have little experience with mitts, but they're worth learning because they make a huge difference in how well the mitts fit your hands comfortably. If you're going to spend the time and money on a project, you want it to look and feel professional, right? They aren't difficult, if you have experience with double pointed needles and increasing stitches, you can do this!
Since this is just a 1-skein design regardless if you use the Soft Linen or Silk Blend, this project will keep you under a $15 budget. The Soft Linen is only $9.50 a skein, and the Silk blend is only $14.50! As I mentioned before, the pattern will be FREE with your yarn purchase.... however if you had a different DK weight yarn in mind, you can help yourself to purchasing and downloading the pattern PDF here.
The sample Chevron Gauntlets in my photos used the Soft Linen color Tropical Sea and the Silk Blend colorway Plum. But I happen to think that the Soft Linen Smokey Rose and the Silk Blend Juniper would be gorgeous choices. What do you think? Are there any other colorways that are calling to you?