Well … for a while I was certainly and undeniably and unconsolably sucked into the story captured in the Outlander novels and TV series. Now I am trying to drag myself out of a rather Outlander obsessed state.
I loved watching the beginning of the season on TV. Then I was perturbed that I had to wait until April for the rest of the story. So, I abandoned the TV and I started my way through the series of books. I am loving them.
With the new Outlander show on Starz I now have wonderful and intricate images to enhance the scenes that I etched into my brain while reading the novels. I also find myself going back to watch the shows again and again – mostly for the costume details. The costumes are amazing.
Terry has done a fantastic job of bringing the costumes together and has also shared many details of that work on her blog, http://www.terrydresbach.com. I would love a more tangible reason to embroider a stomacher. However, a stomacher seems less than useful in my current 21st century role as a mother. Therefore, rather than focus on a stomacher, I decided to scratch my Outlander itch by knitting some of the wrist warmers or fingerless gloves worn in the show. I thought these would make great gifts for some of my likewise minded friends. For the inspiration behind my fingerless glove pattern, see the image below!
My favorite wrist-warmer from the first half of season 1 has a great cabled cuff. It is a fun way to try out cables if you are not used to them. The cable is short and does not take long even if you are slow. Below you will find the fingerless glove pattern that I used to create my look-a-like wrist warmers. As I was not part of the show, I have no real knowledge of the yarn or design of the actual wrist-warmers used in the show. I designed mine based on what I saw… I picked a worsted weight yarn by Madelinetosh that is a hand dyed merino wool. I was very impressed with the softness of this yarn. I did not find it to be at all scratchy. It had a wonderful feel. I picked a color called Whiskey Barrel. It seemed appropriate. It had a bit more variation in the color and did not match the ones in the show as well as I expected, but in the end I liked it better. It has a few streaks of blue in it that are very pretty. Enjoy the pattern. I know you will enjoy the wrist-warmers.
Materials for the Outlander Inspired Fingerless Glove Pattern:
Madelinetosh – Tosh Vintage
100% superwash merino wool
worsted weight – 200 yards / 182 meters
US6 double pointed needles
gauge – 5.5 stitches per inch
Cast 17 sts onto size US6 needles or size to meet gauge.
Row 1: sl st, k1, p2, T3F, T3B, T3F, p2, k2
Row 2: p2, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3, p2
Row 3: sl st, k1, p3, C4B, p2, k2, p2, k2
Row 4: p2, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3, p2
Row 5: sl st, k1, p2, T3B, T3F, T3B, p2, k2
Row 6: p2, k3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p2
Row 7: sl st, k1, p2, k2, p2, C4F, p3, k2
Row 8: p2, k2, p24 k2, p2, k2, p2
Repeat Rows 1-8 six more times. Cast off all stitches. Do not cut yarn. Use the tail from your cast on to sew the cast-on edge to the cast-off edge. Secure yarn and weave back through the knitting. Trim excess.
Pick up 32 stitches along the cuff edge with your working yarn. This should be the edge without the slipped stitch.
Rnd 1-40: k
Rnd 41-45: *k4, p4 * repeat to end
Cast off the entire round. Cut yarn and weave back through knitting to secure and trim excess.
sl st – Slip stitch knit wise
k – Knit
p – Purl
T3F – Slip 2 stiches purlwise onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Purl 1 stitch from left needle. Knit two stitches from cable needle.
T3B- Slip 1 stitch purlwise onto cable needle and hold in back of work. Knit 2 stitches from left needle. Purl 1 stitch from cable needle.
C4B – Slip 2 stitches purlwise into cable needle and hold in back of work. Knit 2 stitches from left needle. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
C4F – Slip 2 stitches purlwise into cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit 2 stitches from left needle. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
I knit my fingerless gloves to be a bit slimmer than the ones used in the show. If you want yours to be looser you should pick up more stitches along the edge before your circular knitting. Be sure to add stitches in multiples of eight so the end turns out correctly though.
I hope that you enjoy your gloves and the show. I am hopeful that the show will be around for many more seasons.