Chandelier Fingerless Gloves

Monday, February 15, 2010
Even people who have never seen the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” know a few basic plot points: there’s a weird guy in a mask who is in love with a singer, he plays the organ at inappropriate times, and at some point the theater’s grand chandelier falls spectacularly. These opera-ready gloves were inspired by that last bit of common knowledge.

The back of the hand has tracery lace that is reminiscent of the chandelier’s chains, while the drop lace pattern on the hand reminds one of the crystals. The gloves are knit flat and shaped from the finger loop up to the mid-arm with simple increases, then seamed up the underarm. Since there is no shaping for fingers this project will be ready for opening night even if you start it at the dress rehearsal. The dramatic statement they make is good for any diva (operatic or not!).

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Gauge: 26 stitches and 35 rows to make 4in [10cm] square in stockinette stitch.

- Approx. 0.5 skein Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye (60% superwash wool, 20% nylon, 15% silk) Pewter colorway [416yd/380m to 3.5oz/100g] OR 200yd/183m fingering weight yarn
- 1 set size US4 (3.5mm) needles
- Tapestry needle

Size: Gloves are approx 5in circumference at the wrist and 8in circumference at the midarm (12.5cm and 20cm) unworn; 10in (25cm) long from base of the finger loop to the midarm. Gloves will fit wrists of circumference 5-7.5in (12.5cm to 19cm). To adjust for smaller or larger sizes, use needles one size larger or smaller than needed for gauge.

Many thanks to my testers FaeriesandPixies, Ilythya, NanaRector, and SnookiesOz, and to my tech editor Calalily for their help with this pattern.


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