Cape Point Fingerless Gloves by Sally Cameron

Cape Point Fingerless Gloves

Knitting
October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch with 3.25mm needle: 32 stitches and 44 rows over 10cm/4” blocked.
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
232 yards (212 m)
XSmall (child), Adult S, M, L & XL
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This pattern has been Tech Edited by Sue Cameron and Martha Jane McLellan and has been test knitted



Story:
My love of Cape Point was sparked by Andre, the photographer for this pattern and my book. He is
a landscape photographer and seeing this beautiful outcrop of mountain, at the south westerly tip of the Cape Peninsula through his eyes and his lens left a lasting impression on me. Strangely, my favourite place is not the point itself, but a little known bench located just after you enter the Cape Point Reserve.

The bench is easy to miss, especially if you rush straight for the Point, following all the other tourists. It is so easy to be in such a rush to get to the end that we miss the moment. For those who do stop, many will just see a bench and move on but for me it is special. There are different places on earth that speak to each of us, to which we feel a special connection. You know when you have found a place like this, no one has to say anything. You can just feel it in your heart and you are more for having had this experience. The bench—alone, waiting, resting, peaceful. Sometimes just knowing that a place of calm exists is enough, even when we are not there. We know it is there and we can always go back.


PATTERN INFO

Description
These fingerless gloves are knitted in the round using magic loop, DPNs or two circular needles. They have a generous ribbed cuff and the chevron pattern. The gusseted thumb is set slightly to the inside of the hand to match the normal anatomical position of the thumb. Optional short rows can be worked across the hand to lengthen the fingerless gloves across the 3 taller fingers but not across the little finger.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
A chevron makes a big visual impact but is actually very easy to knit. The gusset for the thumb might require a little more experience but is not difficult.

Skills Needed:
German twisted cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease, knitting in the round, pick up stitches, backwards – e cast on, short rows (optional).

Needles
2.75mm/US 2 circular needles at least 80 cm/48“ long
3.25mm/US 3 circular needles at least 80 cm/48 “ long
Or DPNs in the correct sizes, if you prefer.

Yarn
Fingering weight/sock weight superwash Merino
I used Nurturing Fibres Super Twist Sock Wool (100g; 300m/360yd)
Main Colour: Grey 20g (63m/72yd)
Colour A: Deep Blue 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour B: Teal 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour C: White 5g (17m/18yd)
Colour D: Brown/Green 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour E: Sky Blue 10g (35m/36yd)

The chevron pattern is worked in colours that look like the transition from the ocean to the land and then to the sky. Starting with the deep blue ocean, which changes colour as it nears the land, to the white breakers against the rocks, the brown/green landmass of the point itself and then finally up into the vast African sky above. The pattern suggests specific colours and numbers of rows per colour, but feel free to improvise your own colour changes or use a self-striping yarn.

Notions
Stitch markers
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Scrap yarn

Sizes
XS (child), S, M, L, XL

Gauge
Stocking stitch with 3.25mm needle: 32 stitches and 44 rows over 10cm/4” blocked.

Please feel free to contact me with any question or queries cameronsallyjane@gmail.com