You still mystify and I wanna know why
Pattern: Armwarmers by Twisted Stitches
Yarn: Patons Stretch Socks (41% cotton, 39% wool, 13% nylon, 7% elastic), Plum colorway
Needles: U.S. #2 40″ Options nickel fixed circular (two-at-a-time Magic Loop style)
I was about halfway through my pair of armwarmers when, as is her wont, Cady Gray approached me.
“Mom, what are you knitting?”
“Some gloves, sweetie.”
With a hopeful but abashed look: “Are they for me?”
No, but I’ll make some for you, my darling. As soon as I’m done with these.
To modify the pattern for a child size, I measured her arm length from wrist to elbow, and her arm circumference just below elbow and at wrist. Then I measured the gauge I got on my version (same yarn, same needles). Multiplying my stitches per inch times her arm circumference at the elbow gave me my cast-on number, and the same st/in by her arm circumference at the wrist gave me the number of stitches to which I needed to decrease down. I increased the rate of decreases by one row, shortened the ribbing and straight knitting at the beginning, and knit until I reached the elbow-to-wrist measurement before beginning the thumb gusset.
Thumb and hand, I pretty much winged it.
The gloves were largely knit during my trip to Montreal for the AAR spring board meeting. I expect never to knit for a more grateful recipient — including myself. Her joy upon receiving them exceeded her useful vocabulary. “I feel — just like — a drop of love!” she exclaimed, throwing her gloved arms around me again and again.
You’re welcome, honey.