Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Friday, 4 April 2014

This might seem odd......

I have just finished knitting a scarf and fingerless gloves for myself.  This must seem an extremely odd thing to do just as spring is peeping over the horizon.  But there is a good reason.  I occasionally volunteer as a steward in an open air theatre.  The season runs rather optimistically from April to October, so there are still lots of cold days ahead.  The theatre supplies warm coats for the stewards, but there are not enough for everyone who has to stand out in the elements.  The rest of us have to cram as many layers as possible under little cotton tabards.

The dress code for stewards is black, black and more black.  I had a lot of black dk yarn and decided to be a bit more prepared this year.  My requirements are very exact.  My fingers need to be free to take people's tickets and money.  My neck needs to be warm but the scarf needs to be as unobtrusive as possible.  The "Doctor Who" look would not be appreciated by the managers at the theatre.  Both items were very easy to knit.  I made up the patterns as follows:

dk yarn and size 4mm knitting needles
cast on 32 stitches
rows 1-11: K2, P2 rib
row 12: [K1, P1] to end
row 13: [P1, K1] to end
repeat rows 12 and 13 until row 44 has been completed
rows 45-50: K2, P2 rib
cast off ribwise on size 5mm knitting needles
sew side seams of gloves, leaving a hole for the thumbs.

I have smallish hands and these fit perfectly.  For larger or smaller gloves, increase or decrease the number of stitches by multiples of 4.  The length of the ribbing and the main part of the glove can also be adjusted to suit.

dk yarn and size 4mm knitting needles
cast on 29 stitches (or any odd number of stitches)
row 1: [K1, P1] to end
row 2: K1, [K1, P1]  to last 2 stitches, K2

So, basically this scarf is knitted in K1, P1 rib, but every row starts and ends with a knit stitch.  This produces a scarf that sits flat without curling and has an interesting little "pip" at the end of every row.

29 stitches are enough to make a scarf 4" wide which sounds very narrow, but is in fact wide enough for my purposes.  I was aiming for a scarf that was long enough to fold in half, wrap it around the neck and fasten by pushing the ends through the loop.  I will be able to tuck the ends neatly inside the tabard we have to wear and the scarf should stay in place without constant adjustment.

I could have searched high and low for a plain black scarf measuring 70" x 4".   But for minimal cost I have produced something that is exactly what I need.  I used less than 200g of yarn for the gloves and scarf.  It came either in a bargain job lot or as a generous donation...I can't quite remember.  This is the perfect example of when knitting becomes a time and money saving hobby.

 Last year, the start of the open air theatre season was freezing cold.  Hopefully, this year will be different.  If I don't need gloves and a scarf, I will be very happy.  If I do, then my hands and neck will be warm as toast.  "Lead on, Macduff" as Shakespeare (never) said......a famous misquote, but it sounds good!


  1. What a brilliant idea Una!
    I hope you are well.
    I'm sure your followers will love to have a go at these.
    It's nice of you to pop over to the Blog. Our Blankets are arriving
    again now and keeping me busy!
    Love and best wishes From Suex

  2. Lovely Una, they should keep you nice and warm, we still need both up North it's blinking freezing. :)

  3. This is a great idea! Hey, I'm planning to crochet some winter things for myself this summer because I just got a new winter coat at the end of the season and I want to be ready to wear it all as soon as it gets cold again!

  4. I love how simple these are to do. Especially the fingerless gloves. I will have to give them a try. Thanks.

  5. Brilliant plan to stay warm! There is almost nothing worse that having to be cold for prolonged periods of time.

  6. A great solution! I'll bet you get lots of comments about your fingerless gloves when you take the tickets ;) Stay warm! Wendy x

  7. Una what a clever lady you are - these are just perfect. The sun has been shining here and it is has been freezing here so I have not put any scarves or gloves away as yet, it is far too cold. Your makes are just lovely, glamorous yet very serviceable. Have a lovely week. Big hugs


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