Carrying on with the Fingerless Glove Project: in the last tutorial we knit a pico hem top. The next step is to knit the tube/body. In this case I am making 'under the elbow/mid arm' length, so I knit 90 rows. To prepare for knitting the thumb, I stop the yarn carrier at 6 o'clock and raise out of work the needles I won't be using.
I start by raising the 4th needle behind the left red hash mark, and raising all the way around to the right yellow hash mark. That leaves 22 needles down and ready to knit. Then knit/move the yarn carrier to the 12 o'clock position.
With the two forks and weights I can knit 10 rows before moving the forks up.
In a heel or two, we take one more needle out of work with each pass to make our decrease. But to knit a thumb, we are going to knit a rectangular 'flap', so there will be no decreases, and hence the need for extra weights/hooks.
This may seem awkward at first, but soon you get a nice rhythm going of touch the stitch-touch the weights.
After 10 rows (5 back, 5 forth) I raise my heel weights and carry on until I knit a total of 28 rows. (This is for an open thumb.)
Watchpoint: keep an eye on the first and last stitch of each pass. It is easy to have a stitch not knit, especially if your weight placement isn't just tickety boo.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of 18" or so. (This is probably too long, but better than being too short!)
I snip the scrap yarn and with a darning needle pull it through the loop of the final stitch as I did with the tail of the good yarn.
And now, remove the heel forks and weights and run the work off the needles. When doing this I push very gently against the work from the top of the cylinder - just enough downward pressure to make sure the stitches slip off their needles as the empty yarn carrier passes by.
Knit thumb strip - 28 rows
Knit scrap rows, and run strip off the machine.
Next time.....completing the gusset and thumb.