Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pixie Warmers FREE Pattern

This is a perfect night. The new fingerless gloves, the Pixie Warmers, are finished and I love them! The pictures are done. The pattern is typed , the soundtrack from Vicky Cristina Barcelona is playing in the background...




I had intended the Pixie Warmers to be a Christmas present for Miss. A., but as always, I let them be claimed by the recipient ahead of schedule!
Her verdict: she loves them. Isn't that the best feeling on earth when the person you knit for loves what you made?


The gloves as I said in an earlier post were the result of an obsession with EZ and her work. They are loosely based on the February Baby Sweater, in that they combine
gull lace and garter stitch. I like the simplicity of the garter, and how it really sets off the lace. I inserted only one 7 stitch repeat of the lace, thus letting it make its full impact.

For this project, I picked one of my own SockPixie hand-dyeds,a sport weight merino in a solid colorway. I like that the coloway is a soft plum color, and does not overpower the stitches. The slight natural variation in the dyeing only adds dimension to the gloves.

I gave a lot of thought to the construction of the gloves. I wanted the garter and lace to appear understated. I did not want any heavy borders. This is why the gloves start and end with the actual gull lace and garter, and are only delicately finished by a discrete picot edging. The underside of the hands is all garter.


For the first time I created a pdf file for the pattern instead of posting the pattern directly into the body of my post. I think it really adds to the clarity of the pattern. As always, the pattern is free. Click on the thumbnail below to download the pdf file.

I hope you will enjoy the pattern. Feel free to send comments if you have questions or to give me your feedback. I will do my best to answer your questions. Enjoy your Pixie Warmers!

21 comments:

Jodi said...

Those are so cute! And the color... plum gorgeous. Thanks so much for making the pattern available, esp. for gratis.

Steph said...

These are nothing short of beautiful. I'm off to favorite them on Ravelry so I can make them when I finish up some other projects. Thank you for the time and work you put into making them available to us - and for free!

Steph said...

These are nothing short of beautiful. I'm off to favorite them on Ravelry so I can make them when I finish up some other projects. Thank you for the time and work you put into making the pattern available to us - and for free!

Knitstress Tygher said...

Um ... is it just me, or is there not a link to the pattern?

knitogether said...

Clicking on the thumbnail doesn't do anything. Or is it just me?

Thanks for this! Looking forward to accessing the pattern!

Tami said...

I LOVE these hand warmers. Just today I decided to look for a pattern now, just before bed, I see your pattern on ravelry. I clicked the icon but never was directed to the pattern.
Can't wait to start these though.

~Tami
tlb81003@normalonline.com

KelleBelle said...

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that the link on the thumbnail isn't working, but the Pixie Warmers are cute!! Would love to make them! Thanks!

Jocelyn said...

Hiya, the thumbnail does not appear to link to the PDF L(

Love the look of the gloves.

Anjali said...

The pattern is simple and lovely. Thanks so much for making it available for all of us.

Anonymous said...

Err, I am not able to download the pattern since the thumbnail is not clickable!

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for updating the link. These are just simply pretty, perfect for my girls.

Wool Winder said...

The Pixie Warmers are gorgeous, as is the photography!

Monika said...

They look lovely! Thank you for the pattern.

Kathy Sue said...

I am right there with you in loving the gull lace pattern. I will have a whole outfit soon! Also, I really appreciate the PDF. It is so much easier to download.

Fresh Tea : said...

They are lovely! Thank you very much for the pattern.

Picasso said...

These are sooooo beautiful!!! Thank you! My daughter wants to make them using your Tencel yarn, will it work? Thanks again!

SockPixie said...

Dear Picasso,

Tencel would be all right, but the yarn is a little thinner than the sport weight I used for the pattern. You could adjust by adding a few garter stitches on each side of the lace pattern according to your gauge. I hope this helps.

Caroline

Anonymous said...

beautiful pattern, thanks for posting it!

tyledras said...

Hi, I clicked on the thumbnail but all that came with it was an enlarged copy of the picture, with no pattern...

Elizabeth said...

Hi, I can't access the pattern either... the pdf file just won't load. Could you post a a new link to the pattern, pleeeease? They're gorgeous and I can't wait to knit them!

MavenKnits said...

Wow, this pattern is exactly what I have been looking for! Nice to know that it comes inspired by EZ, I've been on a bit of a kick lately myself.

Love your blog, actually, as dying has always seemed like a bit of a rabbit hole... I'm inspired :) Thank you!