Sheep Sanquhar Gloves Pattern

Sanquhar gloves (pronounced “sanker”) have captivated the Scottish, and non-Scottish like since the 1850s.  These gloves have a static architecture, meaning one cannot adjust the size by adding or subtracting a stitch here or there without disrupting the pattern and layout.  Therefore, the thickness of the yarn and the size of needles used determines the size of the gloves.  However, within those confines, I find it such fun to come up with new motifs to insert in the little squares.

These gloves traditionally consist of corrugated ribbing (where the purl ribs are a different color form the knit ribs), a section above the ribbing made os Salt and Pepper motif (alternating stitches of color) where a date and/or initials may be included.  Then the hand is worked, consisting of the motifs and the thumb gusset. The fingers are all three-sided, with tiny gussets between some of them, called fourchettes.  The fingers and thumb end in pyramids.

Compass Rose Sanquhar Glove Kit

If you would like a challenge, try this Compass Rose kit!  This is my own design using the static architecture of Sanquhar Gloves and the beautiful Brooklyn Tweed worsted-spun lace-weight Vale yarns, made from 100% American Rambouillet wool.

Winter Sanquhar Glove Kit

NOTE: Upton Yarns, which makes this yarn, is on hiatus for 3 years. I have one kit left of these gloves (6 skeins of yarns).  I can sell it as a small/medium kit (4 skeins) or include the extra skeins for a men’s large (6 skeins).

These gloves are a modern adaptation of the traditional Scottish Sanquhar Gloves of the 1800s to early 1900s.

Sanquhar Gloves DVD


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Sanquhar glove knitting began in Scotland in the late 1800s.  Many patterns have been created for this fascinating type of glove, but the layout and architecture remain the same.  This video takes you on a step-by-step knitting journey to make a pair of Sanquhar gloves from cuff to fingertip, and includes two patterns.

Compass Rose Sanquhar Gloves Pattern

Level: Challenging.  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  smart as well!  Several classic patterns have survived, most notably the Duke and Prince of Wales patterns.  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 gauge from US size 0000 to size 2 (1.25 to 2.75 mm).

Winter Sanquhar Gloves Pattern

Sanquhar (pronounced “Sanker”) Gloves have captivated the Scottish and non-Scottish alike since the late 1800s 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’.

Scottish Sanquhar Gloves

Length: 12-18 hours Level:  Intermediate to advanced (must be proficient with dp needles) The intricately patterned gloves from 19th century Scotland are a joy and a challenge to knit. Full of small geometric patterns and tiny gussets around the fingers and thumb, they are made on double-pointed needles. Explore the many pattern options of both the […]

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Over the three years that I have been posting on my Patreon project, I have covered historic knitting,  highlights of my travels to China and the UK, created videos of technique and sent copies of my patterns to my patrons. Through February and March, I discussed the wonderful Swedish sweaters from the Halland district that were knitted for pay for a known customer in the late 1800s to early 1900s. In the past month, I have delved deeper into the construction of the Scottish Sanquhar gloves.

Fiberside Chat

On April 25, 2021, I will be presenting a lecture on 19th-century traditional knitting, highlighting techniques that have been forgotten that are useful even today in our modern knitting.  Knitting from England, Scotland, Demark, Norway, Sweden, and more will be shown in slides.  I will also demonstrate how to create the Channel Island Cast-on.  There […]

Upton Yarns

These beautiful 3-ply fingering weight yarns are perfect for socks, Sanquhar gloves, and other types of gloves as well. These yummy hanks of yarn were skillfully dyed by Sarah Lake, owner of Upton Yarns, a  hand-dyer who uses plant dyes.  There are also gorgeous natural colors of the sheep.  Sadly (for us) she has moved […]

Coming in June: The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association Conference!

MAFA is a wonderful fiber experience!  It is an extravaganza held on a college campus, this year at Millersville University in Millersville, PA, with teachers from the knitting, weaving, and spinning worlds.  There are vendors, competitions, and a fashion show.  It will be held from June 27-30, 2019.  You can find out more about the […]

My Favorite Links

Help with Designing Generate graph paper based on YOUR gauge: This is a Japanese website, but there is enough English on it to find your way.  Knit, block, and measure your swatch, enter your stitch and row gauge over 10 cm on this page, and the size you want the graph to be.  “1/1″ is […]

Teaching Trips and Cruises Abroad 2022

Scroll down to see three different trips scheduled for 2022. Land Tour of Wales and Cornwall April 19-May 1, 2022, a 13-day tour!     Travel with me to the Wonderwool Festival held every year in Wales! We will visit a castle, gardens, take a steam train ride, visit the National Wool Museum and a […]


The lovely knitting known as “Fair Isle” surfaced in the mid-1800s, in mittens, tams, and socks.  Vests and sweaters became popular in the early 1900s.  At first these small items were made of yarns the  color of the Shetland sheep and the local dyestuffs of the islands. As synthetic aniline dyes became available, the color […]