Spinning The Wheels

Edwardian flags cycling gloves



Last month we were lucky enough to see the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, in Yorkshire.  Hardly been off our bikes since. And the month has been more Tour de France than Tour de Fleece, round here.

I forgot all about this pattern, til today when, cycling along, I remembered I’ll need to knit some new fingerless gloves for cycling this winter. Here’s a simple (and free) pattern I did for the lovely Blacker Yarns website, a while back. It works very well using 2 balls of their Classic DK.

Handspinners can approximate DK, too – there’s not a lot of spinning in these. Cotton might work, for summer.

It’s based on the common Scottish (and Yorkshire) gansey motif called “flags”. The first gansey I ever knitted was a flags pattern. The flags motif was used in a pattern for a cycling jersey in M.Elliott Scrivenor’s 1903 “Knitting and Crochet Book”. Just as soon as I finish the handspun gansey pattern, due to be published in a certain rather sumptuous U.S magazine (will put up links when it’s out), I’m straight onto working on a vintage style cycling jersey. I’ve been poring over images of 1950s’ cycling jerseys – love everything about them. Will be fun trying to approximate something special (in merino?) for winter cycling.

And here’s a little cycling fashion piece I did for ‘citycycling’ ezine, a couple of years back. Cycling has a huge role in the history of feminism and women’s clothing, as it became a catalyst for women’s clothing to change and become pragmatic.

To finish, here’s a photo my son took at the Tour de France. A total fluke as he had to hold his phone over the crowds’ heads and had no clue who he’d captured (if any of the peloton). But he got the Stage 1 yellow jersey, Marcel Kittell and King of the Mountains Jens Voight. Red spotted jersey pattern?  Maybe not. The Edwardian Flags Cycling Gloves would look nice in yellow, though…

Grand Depart, York, Stage 2, Tour de France.





7 thoughts on “Spinning The Wheels

  1. http://pdf.library.soton.ac.uk/WSA_open_access/00402941.pdf I came across a pattern for a pair of ladies’ cycling knickerbockers the other day in this book from 1902 if you fancy something different? I assume they were worn under a skirt? Be rather natty with a pair of cycling stockings to match.

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    1. Thanks! Now I want to knit cycling knickerbockers 🙂

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      1. If you do, knotrune, promise you’ll send me a photo for the blog. ;o)


      2. Sure, if I still remember in the three years or so it’ll take me to get round to it… 😉


  2. Would be great full fingered for fall and winter. For us, they wouldn’t be warm enough for winter! Our winters are ski and snowshoe-worthy, with sometimes very low dangerous temperatures.

    I have a pair of combined knitted wool gloves with its own mitten cover, by my partner’s mother. She passed away nearly a decade ago. But bless her warm heart, her glove-mitts keep me warm. And they are very warm.


  3. Wow and I’ll bet you are reasonably nimble knitter. You know that cyclists need the terry cloth patch under thumb…to wipe their nose. Have to protect that gorgeous knit job!


    1. Cheers! I made a couple of tests/samples – don’t wear gloves at all in the summer, but think I fancy some of a different colour for this winter! Had totally forgotten this pattern til this afternoon when I was thinking about some cycling knitting…


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