Yesterday’s entry about thumbs provoked some interesting comments, enough for another blog entry on thumbs, I think. Here are some of the comments from you all about how you work your thumbs
I always use the backwards loop cast on for my thumb and after I’ve put the thumb stitches on a holder for the body of the mitten. It works just fine for me.
On thumbs, I use a backwards loop cast on after I put the thumb stitches on waste yarn. And then when I go to work the thumb, I pick up the same number I cast on, plus 2 (one on each side).
One of the thumb techniques I like is the one included in the Fetching pattern. Begin your round on waste yarn, transfer back to the working needle and reknit the stitches with project yarn. later unpick the stitches on waste yarn to get two sets of live stitches and then pick up stitches in between the two live rows to close the gap.
I generally use a provisional cast one (the one where you just use a random piece of waste yarn and flip the working yarn over and under the needle and the waste yarn) to cast on for the thumb stitches. I find I need to do it kind of loosely to work well. I prefer this because it makes for less bulk inside the thumb, and I am VERY physically sensitive (threads or lint in toe seams on commercial socks make me NUTS), so I want the mittens smooth on the inside, although most cast ons look fine outside, that won’t work for me.
For thumbs placed on the palm like this, I usually use waste yarn to knit the thumb stitches, slip those stitches just worked back onto the left needle, and knit in pattern with the regular yarn. When it is time to work the thumb, I pull out the waste yarn while I place the stitches on my needles. I also pick up the extras to keep the holes away.
Brent Annable said:
When putting the thumb stitches on hold after the gusset, I DON’T cast on any extra stitches – I just put the total number of increased stitches on a piece of waste yarn, and just keep knitting in the round as if they weren’t there. This seems logical to me, because then you continue with the same number of stitches as you started with. Then, when it comes time to continue the thumb, I pick up 2-4 stitches across the gap to avoid a hole.
And there were some questions:
I’ve always put my thumbs on the side. The ones on the palm just don’t seem like they would fit the shape of my hands – what do they look like on? How do they feel? I suppose one benefit of a side gusset is that all of the stitches are waiting for you when it’s time to knit the thumb. It’s not really occurred to me to knit them palm-side, but now I’m curious!
We-e-ell, I guess everyone’s hands are shaped differently. For me, mittens that have the thumbs just inside the edge on the palm fit best, because that’s the way my hand is built.
Leslie B. asked:
What are the reasons for choosing a knitted cast-on versus a cable cast-on? They seem very similar to me.
They are similar. I do a knitted cast-on because that’s how I’ve always done my mitten thumbs. See? You can always count on me for a rational answer.
Speaking of mittens, here’s my poor little mitten-in-progress, which has been sadly neglected this week.
Hot Stuff Mitten 020708
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Laurie F.! Laurie, has been emailed and has responded
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