Look out, Sandy! It's the ax murderer come to get you! And his wrists are warm, too.
This was not even on my radar screen until 9 p.m. Friday evening. That's when my daughter wrote me to tell me she had received her Natalya wristlets and her boyfriend went berserk over them. He wants a pair! Soonest!
So what's a mother to do? Of course she knits. And I already had the stash. I had purchased the Mountain Colors 4/8s wool in colorway Granite Peak and the Cascade 220 in Color No. 9332, a sort of grayed blue color, to make him a hat and mittens for Christmas, but Abigail came home excitedly telling me that he had got a new hat just before Christmas that she LOVED on him, so that sort of took away my incentive to make him a hat and mittens. And who am I fooling? I ran out of time anyway.
These are being modeled by the ax murderer otherwise known as my husband, who is a good deal smaller than Abigail's male friend. (but don't tell the ax murderer I said that, coz he thinks he's a real big guy). These have a lot of stretch in them, though, so I think they'll be JUST RIGHT.
And the colorway is damn hard to photograph, but trust me when I say these are GORGEOUS in person -- but MANLY. Of course. All the wonderful browns and greens and black and grays are just not cooperating in the photographs I took (and I took a lot of them), but this one is the best I could get:
So, details. You want details so you can make your own manly wristers, right?
Well, I modified the ribbed artist's fingerless glove pattern that you can get from the Yarn Barn of Kansas. You can order it by telephone or online. The pattern is KP-BD-LRAG. There is no picture of it on their site, so you have to tell them what you're ordering. (this info courtesy of Eilene.)
My manly mods: I doubled the light worsted gauge yarn, as I mentioned. I used size US8 DPNs. I knit for 3 1/4" before starting the thumb gusset. I knit 10 rows in the hand before casting off. I put the thumb stitches on a waste piece of yarn while doing the hand, picked up the stitches later and knit an additional 5 rows before doing a purl castoff. And I did NOT cast on an additional 6 stitches in the thumb as directed in the pattern. I did that last time and felt it was too loose. This might be a mistake for The Big Guy -- the thumb might be too snug. I hope not.
These are soft, cushy, comfy, warm, and beautiful. Now back to my regularly scheduled programming.