Good morning! Its Friday, which means its time for another release for the Seven Skeins club (any knitters not in the club and otherwise interested in these patterns will be able to access them from January). This week there’s another pair of stranded or striped patterns with which you can make yourself your choice of Pawkies.
Pawkies is one of those brilliantly descriptive Scots words which primarily means mitts or mittens. The word is thought to be a diminutive form of either paw, or poke – or perhaps both, since ones thumb and fingers poke out of them, and they are something to pop on your paws. Pawkie is a word with a variety of other resonances in Scots too, my undoubted favourite of which is the fabulous seventeenth-century phrase jiggery-pawkerie, which is the the origin of the probably more familiar English term jiggery-pokery, meaning trickery. I suppose one might get up to all sorts of jiggery-pawkerie in these pawkies, since they leave one’s fingers free and unrestrained. . .
The basic pawkie design is pretty straightforward – a shaped tube with ribbing at either end and an afterthought thumb. I’ve added instructions for a tubular cast-on which gives a really nice, stable edge at the wrist and which I found particularly pleasing to work. If you’ve never attempted a tubular cast-on, please do give it a try (the finish is so lovely) – but if you aren’t keen on the faff you can always stick to your usual cast-on with no problem.
As previously, I’ve written two variants of the pattern to suit your preference. The stranded pawkies feature a slightly modifified version of the mountain-motif that I used on the Baffies, and I found the chart worked up particularly nicely in Between Weathers and Ptarmigan (blue and white is one of my favourite winter combinations).
One interesting aspect of knitting a few samples of the same essential design is observing the subtle differences in behaviour between striped and stranded knitted fabric. Looking at the two patterns, you may note that the striped and stranded versions have different stitch counts: this is because we found that the inner circumference of a pawkie was significantly reduced when knitted in stranded colourwork.
There’s a real nip in the air today, and it is definitely pawkie weather. Have a lovely weekend, and I hope you enjoy lots of jiggery-pawkerie in your pawkies!