I purchased this wonderful yarn on my trip to Block Island for a Knitting Retreat in 2015 and I’ve been searching for just the right pattern to knit gloves for myself. The yarn is 40% Cashmere and 60% Super Fine Merino and the color is called Summer Ocean. I finally found the ideal pattern for this yarn and the designer generously offers it as a free pattern. Here’s my Pioneer Gloves from the knitting pattern by Kelly McClure.
This is a terrific pattern. Well written and easy to knit. The thumb increases create a line along the palm of the hand and the ribbing stays in line. I finished the first one in just 3 sittings, about 4 hours in total. As you can see, the second one is already on the needles. I’m using my favorite U.S. Size 2 wooden Knit Picks 6 inch double pointed needles. They are smooth and the knitting moves along quickly. This yarn is actually DK weight and the pattern calls for fingering weight so the gloves are a little thicker than they would normally be. The results are a warm, comfortable fit on my hands.
These gloves are my new favorite. Not only will I wear them often but they hold memories of my first Knitting Retreat, beautiful Block Island, Rhode Island, and the wonderful people that I met. There’s more details about my trip in my blog post of August 16, 2015.
Have you been on a Knitting Retreat? Leave me a comment, I’m always looking for new knitting retreats to add to my travels.