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Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which ...

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Compass Rose Sanquhar Gloves

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Compass Rose Sanquhar Gloves
Compass Rose Sanquhar Gloves
Compass Rose Sanquhar Gloves

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Two-color stranded knitting

Pattern Description:

Sanquhar Gloves have captivated the Scottish and non-Scottish alike since the late 1800's when they were first created. These gloves were favored for riding and driving horses, playing the sport of curling, and looking fashionably smart as well! Several classic patterns have survived, most notably the Duke and Prince of Wales patterns. I love to design in small motifs and Sanquhar Gloves are the perfect template for this. I drew from different Fair Isle book sources to choose two motifs which remind me of a compass and a rose. The term "compass rose" evolved around 1891 and refers to a circle graduated to degrees or quarters, printed to show directions on a chart or map.

The mathematics of Sanquhar Gloves is always the same. The construction is unalterable, so that the only way to create different sizes is to change the gauge, or the number of stitches within the little boxes. To preserve the motifs, this pattern is sized by changing needle sizes and yarns. There are little gussets between some of the fingers and of course at the base of the thumb. Use lace weight for the smaller sizes up through sock weight yarn for the larger sizes.

Charts, photographs, and layout schematic are included.


See sizing

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Hand/glove circumference/gauge/ndl size:
  • Child's medium: 6.5/7", 30 sts, 0000
  • Child's Large: 7/7.5", 28 sts, 000
  • Woman's Small-Medium: 7.25/7.75", 27 sts, 00
  • Woman's Large/Man's Small: 7.75/8.25, 25 sts, 0
  • Man's Medium: 8.5/9", 23 sts, 1
  • Man's Large: 9.5/10", 21 sts, 2
  • (US needles sizes)


  • Needles: One set of five 7" long (or shorter) dp needles, size needed to obtain the gauge for your hand circumference.
  • Yarn: One 1.75 oz to 2 oz ball/240-262 yards (~50 g/240 m) of smooth-textured, solid-colored fingering weight yarn, such as 3 or 4 ply sock yarn in each of two colors (Main Color-MC, and Contrast Color- CC)
  • Lace weight yarn may be used for the smallest sizes

You Will Also Need:

  • Notions: St markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart, tapestry needle, scraps of contrast color yarn, tape measure.

Suggested yarn:

500 yards of Fingering weight