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crazycatladymel
« on: October 11, 2005 11:25:25 AM »

Yeah, like they were going to make it until Christmas. I just couldn't wait!





(I have to get them back and fix the sloppy seam!)

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Yarn: Recycled from J. Crew sweater (thrift store, $4) - 100% wool, super soft
Needles: I think size US6
Pattern: My own. I wanted to knit them flat, and couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I made one up.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2005 11:30:17 AM »

Woah, I really like how they're not exactly the same! I'm making mitts soon, and I'm totally going to do that! These are really cute!
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authenticcelestial
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2005 12:10:13 PM »

those look great and oh so warm.   i've been making these this week without the thumbs, mostly because i couldn't figure it out.  i think i get it now from your pictures, so thank you!  good work! 
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on the needles: wristwarmers/fingerless gloves for christmas presents
on the sewing machine: it's a secret
eunnyjang
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2005 12:14:47 PM »

Aughghhg!  SO CUTE!  I love the asymmetry...lucky girl!
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2005 12:58:16 PM »

I'll tell you guys...

The assymetry was an accident. I did the stripes on the second mitt too wide because I didn't either consult my notes or my notes were wrong. No way was I ripping out, since I noticed about an inch from the top. Hence the extra blue stripe at the top. She loves them, so whew!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2005 01:06:34 PM »

those look great and oh so warm.   i've been making these this week without the thumbs, mostly because i couldn't figure it out.  i think i get it now from your pictures, so thank you!  good work! 

Maybe this pic will help?


You don't have to do the rib pattern, but you can see where I increased for the gusset.
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authenticcelestial
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2005 01:53:29 PM »

okay, i see it now.  the part of my brain that's used to sewing assumed that there was a tube for the thumb added into the seam.  that is much classier than i had imagined it to be.  oh the possibilities of knitting! thanks for the update! i'm glad you posted before i ran off to knit it and had the clunkiest seam ever from trying to add in a thumb tube!
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on the needles: wristwarmers/fingerless gloves for christmas presents
on the sewing machine: it's a secret
crazycatladymel
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2005 03:12:06 PM »

No prob! I was so amazed when I found out you could do this on 2 needles AND get a thumb (it's easy enough to knit it flat, then sew up, leaving an opening for the thumb)!

Here's a simple (I hope) formula  - dimensions would vary, based on your needles, yarn, gauge, etc.:

3-4" cuff/wrist - do it as long as you want. You're casting on at the end, and working up to the fingers.
~1.5" hand (some patterns tell you to increase 1 in the middle of the first row)
Place Markers for Gusset*
Gusset (place where your hand gets wide/where your thumb starts) - see * at bottom for increases
   Work to marker, move to stitch holder
   work Thumb to marker #2
   move rest of stitches to holder (you work on these after you finish the thumb)

Now your thumb stitches are alone
Work the thumb as long as you want, bind off.
Cut thread so there is enough to sew the thumb up, plus knit a little over half a row.
Sew up thumb

Go back and put the first set of stitches on 1 needle (will be in your right hand, since you've already worked these)
Put second set of stitches on 2d needle (left hand, they haven't been worked yet)
Right at the base of the thumb, between the 2 needles, pick up a couple of stitches if you want (half the time I end up w/ a hole either way and have to sew it shut) -- this is why I cut the thread long to sew up the thumb. I found it tough to get a new strand started right there. I preferred to start a new thread at the end of the row
Start working the second needle -- you're just finishing that other row you "quit" in the middle of

Keep working the hand -- now w/ a thumb sticking out of the middle -- until it is as long as you want.
Bind off

Sew up the side of the hand & turn right-side out.


*The gusset is where you make it a little wider in the middle for the side of your hand, and get the thumb stitches on  to knit. You take off 1 or two stitches - mentally - to make an even #, and divide by 2. This tells you how many stitches to work before you place your marker. Then you work the 1 or 2 stitches, increasing after the first marker and just before the second. Then you place the second marker, leaving the same # of stitches on the other side and work those. For a few rounds, you increase 2  in every other row (the "right" side), until you have enough stitches for your thumb. That's when your gusset is done and you start dividing onto stitch holders.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2006 03:45:18 PM »


Maybe this pic will help?
You don't have to do the rib pattern, but you can see where I increased for the gusset.

I learn much easier by seeing rather than just being told.  Your pic of the increases made all the difference!  Now my mitts have thumbs instead of just thumb holes!  Thanks!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2006 03:48:41 PM »

If those are the mitts in your avatar, they look fab! Glad I could help!!
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