As I mentioned in my last post about these gloves
, I started these gloves about 6 months ago. I was fresh off my own pair of turtleneck gloves and I was curious about how to avoid the holes that appear on either side of the thumb when you pick up the stitches for the thumb tube.
I had the holes on the girl gloves, but I thought it was because I was a newbie knitter. Then, when they appeared on my turtleneck gloves (see the photo below), I realized that the way I was picking up stitches was stretching the other stitches in a way that made it impossible to avoid the holes.
Well, there must be a better way. Right? I consulted the googles, which rewarded me with an avalanche of info:waste yarn thumb trickglove construction - fingers
item 3aavoiding holes thread
, which lead me to ...short row methods
which melted my mindcasting on stitches in the middle of a project
and, glitten video
around the 2:30 mark
With all this information fresh in my head, I wanted to make another pair ASAP and try some of these techniques out. As luck would have it, Urban Craft
, one of my fave commenters from the last couple of years, emailed asking me about them and I offered to make her a pair.
What I ended up doing was a mash up of several things I read about. When I separate the thumb and palm stitches, I cast on 4 stitches near the thumb hole. So the first mod is that I picked up a stitch on the other side of the column of stitches that runs along the thumb hole. See it there on the left?
Second, I picked up stitches on the glove IN BETWEEN the stitch columns of the glove. Does that make sense to you? So, basically, I picked up an extra stitch because I picked up 5 on on the outside and inbetween each of the 4 cast on stitches.
Here is the last picked up stitch, which is around the outside of the right-side column of stitches around the thumb hole.
This totally worked to keep away the holes, but on my next pair of gloves, I'm going to try = crossing the previous row's stitches
at the point where the gloves meet the thumbtube.
Do you have any other tips for avoiding that hole?