Madeleine Gloves by Rebecca Blair

Madeleine Gloves

September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2.75 mm (C)
250 - 350 yards (229 - 320 m)
S (M, L) to fit hands of 7 (8, 9)" / 18 (10.5, 23)cm circumference, measured above the thumb; shown in M.
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These sleek gloves were inspired by a pair from the 1950s, adorned with a lace cuff and lace inset detail on the back of each hand. The short split cuff is an elegant detail and an opportunity to show off a few precious small buttons, and a very narrow crocheted finish allows the lace to flow all the way to the edge of the cuff. The springy cashmere blend yarn blooms with blocking to produce a smooth stockinette fabric and stretchy lace.

Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga! (80% superwash Merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 424 yds / 387m per 113g skein); color: Rose Weevil; 1 skein
1 set US #2 /2.75mm double-point needles US size C /2.75mm crochet hook
5 removable stitch markers 6 × 1⁄4” / 6mm buttons Waste yarn Yarn needle

32 sts and 44 rounds = 4” / 10cm in St st 30 sts and 42 rows = 4” / 10cm in cuff pattern stitch (Chart 1 or Chart 3)

Knitting in the round; increases/decreases; backward loop cast on; working simple lace from chart or written instructions; picking up stitches; sewing on buttons; basic crochet stitches.

These gloves begin with split cuffs worked back and forth, which are then joined to knit in the round toward the fingers.

Charts 1 and 3 are worked back and forth; every uncharted wrong side (even-numbered) row is purled. Charts 2 and 4 are worked in the round; every uncharted even-numbered row is knitted.