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.

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2 Comments on “You still mystify and I wanna know why”

  1. tamami Says:

    Thank you for posting such adorable pictures!

  2. That’s love! Sweet. Happy Easter!

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