Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Fingerless Gloves - Part III
After removing the heel forks and their weights and running the thumb strip off the needles, we begin to form the gusset. To do this, take stitches from the selvage edge of the thumb strip and hang them on the empty needles. The stitches on the selvage edge look like chain stitches (not sure if they really are, but they look like them!) each containing a loop and a knot. It is the loops that we hang.
Grabbing the first loop on each side is the trickiest part, as the loop may be hiding. If you click to enlarge the above photo (or if your eyes are much better than mine) you will see I've marked the first EXISTING stitch on the raised needle immediately adjacent to the first lowered/empty needle. When you grab the loop of your first stitch from the selvage edge that loop on the existing stitch should snug up. If it doesn't, you have grabbed the wrong loop!
TIP In the above picture you can also see that I am pushing down the first raised needle. I do that on each side.
Now.... another little TIP:
I usually knit somewhere between 25 and 40 rows in total after the gusset....more with a finer yarn like Anne, and fewer with a heavier yarn like Kroy or a sport weight. In a fingering weight, 25 rows will take my fingerless area approximately to the knuckles....a little less when the finished edge rolls a bit.
When I''m done those rows, I tie on scrap yarn, knit a bunch of rows and the job is done. Be sure to leave a generous tail on your working yarn so you (or the toe fairy) can finish the outside edge.
(Recall that in the first part of the thumb I ran my tail through the loop of the final stitch before tying on the scrap yarn. If you don't do that, you need to run your tail through that loop before starting the two steps forward.)
When I get across the top edge of the thumb I turn the work inside out and blanket stitch the the two side edges of the thumb together, beginning with the top stitch on each side (where the tail ended up). Then weave in your final end.
The same Two Steps Forward - One Step Back method can be used for finishing the finger end of the work, and I would also weave that end in. You will get a bit of curl on the end of the thumb and finger sections, so when you weave your ends in, take them down far enough that the tip of the end won't show in the curl.
If you didn't weave in the end where you reattached the working yarn after the gusset, then you have that end to weave in now.
Rip out your scrap yarn; wash and block....and away you go!
(Note: I also use an alternate method for finishing the edge of the the thumb and finger openings - I'll cover that in a future tutorial.)