Year of the CALs: Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves

I can strike one to-learn item off my list: gloves!

Ok, so they’re fingerless gloves, and I still have to tackle gloves with fingers, but I have a better idea now of what it entails.

This pattern has been on my to-do list for a while. Each year, I try to learn something new, whether it’s a new stitch, a new pattern, a new item … I saw this pattern and saved it for the future, until I saw it again chosen as a featured CAL in one of the crochet forums. Great!

This is the finished pair, complete with the beads. The cuff could be a little longer, but since I was tweaking the pattern again to account for the change in yarn weight, it’ll do for now.

Finished pair

This is the first pair that I started with. However, it was spiraling, and steam-blocking helped un-spiral it a bit. But I was also running out of the purple yarn, so I added the grey to finish it off.

I decided to continue with the cream-white pair instead. It wasn’t spiraling as much, and I knew that I had enough yarn to finish it.

Beginning of the cuff

Working on CALs reminded me again why I didn’t join or work on it the same time it was going on. I get impatient for the next part of the pattern to come out. Or I’m pressured to keep up with the pattern, because I don’t want to fall too far behind.

Full cuff done

Working on it during the holiday period probably helped with the CAL as well. It ended just before the Christmas weekend, so I had it in mind that perhaps I could gift this once finished. And so I endured waiting for the next bit of the pattern … until the week before the last part was due to come out …

I finished glove part in good time … but then I had to wait almost a week before the last part would come out. I thought about trying to construct the last part from the photos, but decided to just wait until the pattern came out.

Finished glove, before adding the beads

And by the time the last part came out, I had moved on to other things … I finished the glove after the holiday season …

And the purple pair? Well, I thought I could work on it while waiting for the last part of the pattern. This is as far as I got … Again, I think the cuff should be longer … I’m contemplating frogging it and starting over … Or just frog it and start a new pair in a new colour and yarn …

The Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves pattern by Esthermay Bentley-Goosen is available on Ravelry. Go and check it out – it really is a beautiful and well-written pattern, and you will enjoy making the gloves.

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