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Open Carriage Gloves

Knitting
October 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
181 - 362 yards (166 - 331 m)
small (medium, large)

The Open Carriage Gloves were inspired by the simple durable gloves and fingerless mittens worn by ladies of the Regency period for traveling and walking through the countryside. Perhaps Catherine Morland wore hers on her journey to Northanger Abbey or maybe Elizabeth Bennet had a pair for traveling through Derbyshire. During that time period, it was important that the traveling mitts be very plain and sturdy to withstand the climate and activity.

This design includes features similar to those of traveling gloves. They have a slightly longer cuff extending to the mid-forearm to account for varied sleeve length and ward off the outside chill while riding in an open carriage. A small eyelet diamond pattern is featured near the cuff and across the knuckles to add a feminine touch. They also appear unadorned in an earth-tone color making them just as wearable with a feminine floral print dress from early 19th century England as with jeans and a t-shirt from 21st century America.

Finished Size
6 2/3 (7 ⅓, 8 ⅓)” hand circumference and 10” long.

Yarn
Quince & Co., Chickadee (100% American wool; 181 yd 166 m/50 g): gingerbread, 1 (2, 2) skeins.

Needles
size 3 (3.25 mm) and size 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed (dpn)
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
stitch markers
waste yarn or stitch holder
tapestry needle
scissors

Gauge
24 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles
34 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in k1, p1 rib st on smaller needles.