It’s here. The movie I’ve been waiting all year for…The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens tonight at midnight. My generation’s first-run-in-the-theater Lord of the Rings experience (I was in ye grade school when the original epic trilogy ran.) Not that I bitterly wish I was born a few years older. *Sniffle.* Anyways the good news is Smaug has everything (and everyone) I love in it– epic (there’s that word again, I apologize) adventure, Gandalf, Legolas (Orlando! we welcome you back wholeheartedly even though you’re technically not supposed to be here!) and the very best part is going to be Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch together in an (one more time) EPIC game of wits.
I can barely contain myself, if you haven’t noticed. Nobody said fangirls were subtle.
ANYWAYS, back to the knits. Lord of the Rings always wildly inspires me to knit. There’s something about the intricate symbols and knots that evoke cables, and the cold,
epic snowcapped mountain landscape that’s so lovely but COLD looking. Rich colors and fabrics, soft velvets and hard metals, harsh iron and worn wool, English and Norse and medieval and yet otherworldly all at the same time.
These gloves are knit in a lush hand painted wool (Malabrigo Arroyo) that evokes a rippling valley beneath a mountain (the Lonely Mountain, of course.) The jewel tones also call to mind, well, jewels, and the treasure buried in Smaug’s lair. The colors also fit in with the Shire, and the soft grass and brilliant flowers growing in Bag End’s landscape. The cables are strong yet intricate, reminiscent of the style of the wood elves.
The gloves are knit in the round on double-pointed needles and though they are not difficult, they do require a bit of patience. Once you find a rhythm, the rows go by fast and the shaping adds a fun, interesting break to the repetitive pattern. One skein will make 2 pairs of gloves (good thing, since it isn’t a bargain yarn at $20 per skein, but the rich, luxe yarn is 100% worth it.)If you decide not to take the plunge and spend that much to make 2 pairs of identical gloves, 200 yards of a matching gauge yarn would be more than enough. I’m currently working on a matching headband for the Erebor Gloves to use up the other half skein…stay posted!
Update 12/13/13 10:50 pm: The cable chart is now a PDF for easy downloads. Apologies to everyone who had trouble with the downloads previously.
Update 1/4/2014 2:57 pm: The cable chart now includes an updated symbol key for easier use. Apologizes to anyone who was inconvenienced by the previous chart.
Update 1/11/2014 11:46 am: Thanks to everyone on Ravelry for making this pattern a success– 300+ “Likes” and 120+ projects queued!
1 skein Malabrigo Arroyo
100% pure superwash wool
335 yds, color 866 Arco Iris
US size 5 set of 4 DPNs; Cable needle
Download chart here: Erebor Cable Chart and Key
Gauge: 6 sts and 9 rows= 1″ in stockinette st.
Co 52 sts; join in round. Mark beginning of round. Work 6 rounds in k1, p1 rib.
Next: K11, pm, work row 1 of forearm chart, pm, work to end. Complete forearm chart, knitting all sts in between.
Work hand/thumb chart, knitting all sts in between. When finished with thumb chart, place those 13 sts on holder; rejoin in round and continue to end of hand chart. Work 6 rounds in k1, p1 rib; BO in patt.
Reattach yarn to thumb base. Pick up and knit sts from holder; pick up and knit 5 sts from gap between hand and thumb hole. Join in the round and knit until thumb measures 1” from the inside edge ( the base of where you picked up the 5 sts). Work 3 rounds in k1, p1 rib; BO in patt.
Weave in ends. Use a tapestry needle to sew up any gap in thumb base. Block.