Tortoise and Hare gauntlets by Kate Davies Designs

Tortoise and Hare gauntlets

June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
200 yards (183 m)
to fit adult hand (see info below)
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Tortoise and Hare Gauntlets

Aesops fable of the Tortoise and the Hare assumed a singular importance for me while learning how to manage the disabling effects of the stroke which I suffered in 2010. I originally knitted these gauntlets back then, and have re-released the pattern to celebrate the launch of my book Handywoman, in which I write about my stroke and the importance of knitting in my new creative life.

Handywoman is now available for preorder
from the KDD shop. All book preorders include a complementary download of this pattern.

Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% Wool; 30% Mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball)
A: Hirst x 2 balls
B: Horseback Brown x 1 ball
C: Hare x 1 ball
D: Bruce x 1 ball

Needles and notions
Gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
Below gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
Gauge-size dpns for working fingers.
Long gauge-size circular needle for holding finger sts.
Stitch markers. Tapestry needle.

28 sts and 34 rounds to 4 ins over colourwork pattern in the round. Gauge was achieved on 3mm needle.

To fit average adult hand, with palm circumference of 18 - 20 cm / 7 - 8 ins

Pattern notes
These long gauntlets are worked from bottom to top. After a couple of inches of rib, 3 braids are added, then the gauntlet body is worked following a colourwork chart. After thumb stitches are inserted and increased, the colourwork is completed, and four fingers worked separately.