Eowyn's Riding Gauntlets by Susan Pandorf

Eowyn's Riding Gauntlets

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in twisted stitch main pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 yards (366 m)
one size (may be modified for shorter arms)
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“Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily; but it would ease my heart, if while the Sun yet shines, I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow, and the same hand drew us back.”
― Faramir

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

These elbow length fingerless gloves are knit in the round, from the hand up the arm to the bind off. This permits the knitter to decide how long to make them. Yardage estimates are for the full 7 repeats of the main pattern, which yields a mitt approximately 14 inches in length. Pattern is both charted and written - intermediate level.

Due to the nature of the pattern, I recommend using a yarn with some grab to it. The gauntlets can be done on double points or magic loop, with magic loop the preferred option - NOT SUITED FOR TWO AT A TIME. Either way, you will need double points for knitting the thumbs.

I wanted the gloves to have a “Runic” look to them; feminine, while still being utilitarian enough to wear while riding with the Rohirrim. I chose Bavarian Twisted Stitch patterns for their intricacy and beauty, while the rustic yarn and camouflage color speak to the practical nature of the horse loving people of Rohan. While you will likely never wear them into battle (or even riding) I hope they are a lovely addition to your wardrobe.

Materials: 400 yds. fingering weight yarn
Sample knit with Plucky Knitter Oxford: Faded Grandeur
Size 2 (US) double points
(and circular needle 32 inch or larger, if working with magic loop)
Your size may vary to achieve gauge
Mini stitch holder, cable needle (if needed)
Waste yarn (for provisional CO of thumbs)