Accompanist’s Fingerless Gloves

December 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Bad circulation and playing piano in cold weather don’t mix. As a knitter, I realized I could remedy that problem by making myself a pair of fingerless gloves. But when I couldn’t find a pattern I liked, I had two choices, give up, or design my own.
The motif on the bottom echoes a “grupetto,” a musical symbol indicating a trill or “turn.” Just like the grupetto adds flair to a line of music, cables add energy and movement to these gloves.
My main source of inspiration was the character Demyx from the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Laid-back and a bit of a slacker, he fits well with the theme: simplicity with a touch of flair. The grupettos on the cuff echo the water he summons to do his dirty work for him.

I’ve left the back of the glove blank to maintain that simplicity, but you are more than welcome to knit the Organization XIII emblem there instead (although I don’t have the pattern for it).
(The second glove and a pair in a Demyx-appropriate color scheme are forthcoming.)
The gauge for this project 6 st or 9 rows to the inch. I achieved this with KP Shadow (a laceweight yarn) on size 2 needles. (The instructions are written for one large circular needle, but you can also use DPNs or two circs). I used two colors—MC and CC—but you can use fewer (or more) at your own discretion. You will also need a tapestry needle, a cable needle, and two buttons.

*C5F means cabling 5 stitches—moving 2 in front of 3. The first and last 2 will be knit in CC.
C2F means cabling 4 stitches, holding the first 2 in front; C2B means cabling 4 with the first 2 in back.

Grupetto cable:
Row 1: Sl p1 [k2 CC] p5 [k2CC] p1 k1
Row 2: Sl k1 [p2 CC] k5 [p2 CC] k1 p1
Row 3: Sl p1 [C2F MC] p1 C2B p1 k1
Row 4: Sl k3 [p2 CC] k1 p2 k3 p1
Row 5: Sl p3 C5F p3 k1
Row 6: Sl k3 [p2 CC] k1 [p2 CC] k3 p1
Row 7: Sl p1 C2B p1 C2B p1 k1
Row 8: Sl k1 [p2 CC] k5 [p2 CC] k1 p1

The cuffs are knit separately; the body of the glove is knitted from stitches you pick up along the edge of the cuff.

Grupetto cuff (make 2):
CO 13 stitches in MC. Knit one set-up row: Sl k1 [p2 CC] k5 [p2 CC] k1 p1
Work in Grupetto Cable pattern for X repeats, or until the cuff is 1” shorter than desired length.

Buttonhole:
(Start on RS)
Sl p1 [k2 CC] p1. BO 3 st. [k2 CC] p2.
Sl k1 [p2 CC] k1. CO 1 st using cable cast-on. [p2 CC] k2.
Sl p1 [k2 CC] p5 [k2CC] p1 k1
Sl k1 [p2 CC] k5 [p2 CC] k1 p1
Bind off in MC

Glove:
The two gloves only differ in the orientation of the cuff. Lay the cuff with the buttonhole on the left. For a left-handed glove, you will pick up 36 stitches along the top edge, starting near the button; for a right-handed one, you’ll pick up 36 along the bottom edge. Knit one row, untwisting stitches as needed.
Work 5 rows (1 inch) flat in Stockinette stitch. (You should start on the WS.)

On rows 6 and 7, kfb at the beginning and end of each row. 40 st total.

On row 8 (a knit row), place a stitch marker 2 st from the start of the row and 2 st from the end. Join to knit in the round.

Thumb gusset:
Row 1: k1, m1, k1, slm, k to last 2 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k1. (42 st)
Row 2: k all stitches
Row 3: k2, m1, k1, slm, k to last 3 stitches, slm, k1, m1, 43. (44 st)
Row 4: k all stitches
Row 5: k3, m1, k1, slm, k to last 4 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k5. (46 st)
Row 6: k all stitches
Row 7: k4, m1, k1, slm, k to last 5 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k6. (48 st)
Row 8: k all stitches
Row 9: k all stitches
Row 10: k5, m1, k1, slm, k to last 6 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k7. (50 st)
Row 11: k all stitches
Row 12: k6, m1, k1, slm, k to last 7 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k8. (52 st)
Row 13: k all stitches
Row 14: k all stitches
Row 15: k7, m1, k1, slm, k to last 8 stitches, slm, k1, m1, k9. (54 st)
Row 16: k all stitches
Row 17: k all stitches
Move the first and last 7 stitches from the row onto waste yarn to be used later.

Palm; continue in St st until the full glove measures 1.5” or reaches the base of the pinky. End the St st section on the knuckles opposite the thumb.

Pinky:
Row 1: move 15 st onto waste yarn. K 10 and move the next 15 stitches onto waste yarn. (10 st)
Work these 10 stitches in st st in the round for 5 rows or until the pinky measures your desired length. Bind off leaving an extra-long tail.

Fingers:
Move the 15 body st back onto the needles and knit. Pick up and knit 3 st from the base of the pinky; this will connect the fingers and give you less trouble later for seaming. Move the next 15 st onto the needles and knit. (33 st)
Knit 2 more rows in the round.

Index finger:
Knit 6 st. Move the next 22 st onto waste yarn. Knit the remaining 6 stitches.
Work st st in the round for 6 rows or until the index finger measures your desired length. Bind off leaving an extra-long tail.

Middle finger:
Knit 5 st. Move the next 12 st onto waste yarn. Add 2 st; knit the remaining 5 stitches, then pick up 2 from the base of the index finger.
Work st st in the round for 7 rows or until the middle finger measures your desired length. Bind off leaving an extra-long tail.

Ring finger:
Knit 12 st. Pick up 2 st from the base of the middle finger.
Work st st in the round for 6 rows or until the ring finger measures your desired length. Bind off leaving an extra-long tail.

Thumb:
Knit 14 st. Pick up 2 st from the body of the glove.
Work st st in the round for 7 rows or until the pinky measures your desired length. Bind off leaving an extra-long tail.

Weave in your ends. With the longer tails, sew together any holes that formed at the base of the fingers or thumb.

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2 Comments

  1. Ashly Darcus said,

    Interesting clarification. I prefer to make out the print Martha

  2. Ellen said,

    I’ve been hunting and hunting for gloves for my daughter.. She has specified fingerless, but not the mitts type, the type with short fingers. And she is sort of anti-feminine, doesn’t care for anything lacy or filigree-ish. But I can’t bear to knit anything completely plain. So I was thinking, maybe I’ll make up a plain pattern with some sort of a musical motif, perhaps the bass clef sign? (She plays the cello and is learning to play the guitar and the bass guitar.) Or something sideways on the cuff, like a gansey type pattern? And then I find your lovely design, which fits the bill perfectly.

    Thank you for reading my mind! They fill the bill and are quite lovely to boot! That’s a great combination. Simple, elegant, lovely — and musical.

    Thanks again.

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