Monday, January 7, 2013


Meet Char, the third pattern from Woodsmoke & Ash: Knits for Men.

Photo Copyright Sean Rangel 2012
Char is a classic-looking glove designed for maximum durability.  One of my challenges in designing for men is to keep the knitting interesting and the design purposeful while still maintaining the clean, un-embelished look that men so often prefer to actually wear.  I think these gloves fit the bill perfectly.  

Photo Copyright Sean Rangel 2012
The braided rib cuff looks similar to 2x2 rib, but it's constructed in a unique way and has a subtly engaging look that's especially stretchy.  Sock yarn and a textured slip stitch pattern create a strong fabric that remains sophisticated enough for daily wear.  

The cuff pattern also draws in to keep wrists snug and warm, while the left and right hands are worked differently for the best fit possible.  The slip stitch pattern being only on the hand creates extra durability where you need it - the palm - while stockinette on the fingers allows for more dexterity and avoids any extra bulk.  

The gloves are visually attractive without being too ornamental, and the slip stitch pattern is the perfect showcase for hand-dyed yarns, so I encourage you to support a hand dyer.  As I've done for many of my patterns, I chose to knit these in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.  It's a bouncy, sturdy, and soft sock yarn that comes in an incredible range of colors.  Here are a few colors recommended by my fella: Arroyo, Equinox, Portabello, Blueberry, Bronze Age, Blacklight, Lichen, and Shady Verdant.   

Simple but engaging stitch patterns and clear instructions make this a very accessible pattern.

You can get this pattern individually or as part of the ebook or print book pre-order.  

Photo Copyright Sean Rangel 2012

Pattern Details:
Sizes & Finished Measurements
Hand Circumference: 7 (8, 9) in/18 (20.5, 23) cm

230 (265, 300) yd/210 (240, 275) m fingering weight yarn
Shown in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% Wool, 10% Nylon; 400 yd/366 m per 120g skein)
Color: #246: Sassafras; 1 skein

30 sts/40 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch
36 sts/38 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Braided Rib Pattern
32 sts/40 rows = 4 in/10cm in Pebbly Slip Stitch Pattern

Needles & Notions
* Needle sizes are recommendations only.  Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
Set of US# 2/2.75 mm double pointed needles, 32 in circular needles for magic loop, or two circular needles; use preferred small circumference circular knitting method

waste yarn
tapestry needle
place markers

small circumference circular knitting, slip stitch pattern, braided rib pattern using increases and decreases, shaping, picking up stitches

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