Knitting Sanquhar Gloves

Sanquhar is a town in southwest Scotland. It is situated in good sheep country, and was a capital for wool-based industries from the 16th century to the 1930s.

Horse riders wearing
Sanquhar gloves

The knitters of Sanquhar were particularly adept at two-color stranded knitting. People all over the Scotland and the British Isles wore the Sanquhar gloves, including horse riders, as shown at left. The tight knit gloves protected their hands from the elements.

Sanquhar gloves are known for their distinctive patterns, which have survived for over two centuries.

After the first World War, Sanquhar knitters made these gloves for pay. They were paid 2 and 6, or 12½ pence for a pair of gloves with a name knitted into the cuff. (In the 20s, that was about 60 cents, enough to buy two gallons of gas.)

Classic Sanquhar glove patterns that were named after people. The Prince of Wales pattern was likely derived from a weaving pattern.

Prince of Wales Sanquhar gloves Rose pattern Sanquhar gloves

The Rose pattern was a commemoration of the 1930 birth of Princess Margaret, whose middle name was Rose.

These spectacular glove patterns deserve to remain alive, and designer Beth Brown Reinsel has researched the Sanquhar knitting tradition. Her new video workshop, Sanquhar Gloves: Knitting in the Scottish Tradition, you can knit along with Beth and make your own pair of gloves.

You'll learn how to plan and swatch your gloves to create a comfortable fit, how to customize the cuff pattern, and how to design your own Sanquhar-style pattern.

Get Sanquhar Gloves today and cast on these beautiful gloves.


P.S. Do you knit gloves? What tips do you have for successful knitting? I tuck the finished fingers into the hand of the glove so they don't get in my way as I'm knitting the next finger. Share your glove tips in the comments!

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