Welcome Back! Please forgive the silence on my blog. I’m still knitting a bit and Knit is still on my mind pretty much most of the time. But I’ve this wedding thing happening in a couple weeks and school starting, so there’s stuff to do that doesn’t involve Knit like AT ALL if you can imagine. Please know I’m still here, and there are all sorts of fun ideas rumbling ’round in my wee brain that I will get to share with you soon.
Today we’re gonna tackle the place where the thumb will go-a simple process that will make you feel smart and clever.
We’ve knitted till our mittens measure to between our thumb joints and finished the round by knitting to the ring. Now dig out a piece of scrap yarn that is a different color than what your mitten is. This is called waste yarn. Make sure it’s like 12 inches long so that it’s easy to work with. Now you’re going to knit the first 7 stitches after the marker onto the waste yarn, like the picture shows:
knit onto piece of waste yarn
Now slip those stitches back onto the left needle. Then knit them with the regular yarn. Like the picture below:
knitting the waste yarn
Now you just keep knitting round and round till you get to the top of your Pointer finger.
knitting round and round
Now we are going to decrease! This mitten is a bit square because I wanted you to be able to knit this on just those little circular needles without needing double points. (When you knit your next pair of mittens, if you choose to use dpns or double pointed needles, you will be able to knit patterns with lovely perfect shaping. Double pointed needles allow itty bitty circles in knitting. The circulars just can’t do that.)
You have to count. Hopefully you have 32 stitches. If you don’t, no worries, just find half way round the circle and place another marker or tie another piece of yarn. So you have 16 stitches between the first and second markers-that’s the palm of the mitten, and 16 st. on the other side-that’s the back of the hand of the mitten. All your decreasing will take place right next to the markers on each side of them.
If you’ve never done it before, Knit 2 together is literally knitting 2 stitches together. Like this:
#1: Decrease: Okay you’ve just passed the marker to the right needles and you’re ready to knit the round. Knit 2 together, knit until you get to stitches before the 2nd marker, then knit 2 together, slide marker, knit 2 together, knit to 2 stitches before the marker, knit 2 together. You’ve now decreased on each side of both markers.
#2: Next round just knit.
#1: Next round decrease again just like above.
#2: Next round just knit.
Do these 2 rounds (decrease and knitting plain) till you only have 16 stitches total on the needles.
If you know how to cast/bind off, do it, turn the mitten inside out and sew up the seam. If not, stop till next week. We’ll CAST OFF. Sew it up. AND knit the thumb.
(Now if you decide you can’t wait and choose to get started on the other mitt before next week, you can totally do that and have two thumbless mitts ready to knit thumbs onto. Just be aware that you’ll want the thumb on the opposite side if you’re knitting a pattern to the back of the mitt. So you’ll knit the waste yarn 7 stitches before your 2nd marker, which is the same as knit 9, knit 7 onto the waste yarn.)
See you next week!
(Again, if something seems wonky, please don’t hesitate to contact me.)