Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Grey Gloves - Crossing Stitches

You may remember that the mustard gloves were an experiment to not make little holes when the stitches split at the thumb/palm and in between the fingertubes.  For these gloves, I'm trying the crossed stitch technique I found on TECHKnitting.

Yeeessss!  It totally works.  The only problem is REMEMBERING to do it.  I did a lot of re-knitting on these.  Thank goodness there isn't much knitting in these in the first place, right? :)

Here is a close-up of the thumb cross-over.  I decided to have the palm-stitches be on the outside and the thumb stitches be on the inside.  

Here is a close-up of the fingertube cross-over.  You can see the un-highlighted cross-overs on the right and left, too.  For the fingertubes, I put the stitches for the one I was knitting on the outside and the saved stitch was cross-under-ed.

This in my girl-hand in a boy-sized glove.  You can see the little swish at the place where the fingertubes connect with the glove.  Not a huge biggie.

This is a shot of the edge of the long tail tubular cast on for 1x1 rib that I love SO MUCH.  Seriously, I love this cast on.  If you look at the outside rib, then turn to the inside rib, there is no break in the stitches.  They wrap around the cuff-edge flawlessly.  It's like magic.
20 Comments (comments are disabled)

kylydia said ...
It looks like just a one-stitch cable sort of thing?

I love the color of the gloves and the cuff-edge! I definitely need to try that.
12/21/2011 1:08 PM

futuregirl replied ...
kylydia ... Yes, I guess it is! :)
12/21/2011 3:25 PM

Seanna Lea said ...
Good job on these. I love Tech Knitter!
12/21/2011 1:43 PM

Mel said ...
I knit into the back of my stitches when doing a grown on thumb - it twists the stitch and gets rid of the hole ! I'll have to try the crossed stitched method though!

Also, fingertubes!
12/21/2011 5:44 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mel ... Twisting the stitches would definitely tighten up the yarn right there, but the stitches are still getting pulled in different directions, so you're still at peril of getting a gap if you're a loose knitter. (fingertubes!)
1/8/2012 5:21 PM

renee said ...
Hi lovely don't do knit'ers crochet'ers yes but its still nice renee
12/22/2011 9:20 AM

Gwen said ...
Man I wish I could knit!
12/22/2011 9:34 AM

Kim A. said ...
These are beautifully designed.
12/25/2011 11:14 AM

Those gloves look awesome! I love the edge of the cuff as well, the way it finishes is stunning. =) -Kristen
12/27/2011 2:45 PM

I love knitting, but I never learned - just learned to crochet. You have a wonderful talent. These are beautifully done. Mostly, I want to comment on your photos - you did a great job displaying your item, wonderful detail. I'll be back. Thx!
12/31/2011 9:58 AM

Diana said ...
I admire folks who can knit. My granny and mother were great knitters, but I never mastered that skill. Your gloves show such great talent.
1/1/2012 9:24 AM

Manualidades said ...
Great craft, you are for me a inspiration!! hehe thanks u !
1/2/2012 8:34 AM

Karina said ...
Very cute!
1/5/2012 6:21 AM

Sarah said ...
Love this idea! They look so warm! :)
1/9/2012 9:45 AM

TECHknitter said ...
I put a link to your glove fingers from the original TECHknitting post about crossing stitches :)
1/31/2012 10:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
TECHknitter ... Wow! I'm starstruck! :) Thank you.
1/31/2012 10:58 AM

Katherine said ...
Hi there...

First things first... Thank you for so generously giving of yourself to so many as are willing to stop and rest with you awhile, reading through your blogs! At 55, I find myself absolutely giddy over being able to "feel" as if I've met another person who may or may not realize has become a friend - a friend who gives me much more than I'm able to give in return...

After a thirty year hiatus, I've just begun to crochet.. Back then, my interest in crocheting waned after completing two afghans...I'd just had my first baby who really had more blanket than he needed... so I tried knitting... Two sweaters later, I was done with that endeavor as well,,, Back then, there was no Internet... The concept of having a personal computer was still more like science fiction than fact.... Seriously, can you imagine life without the Internet? Half a decade or more later, we'd have a "cell or car phone" connected to a "portable" battery both the size and weight of a brick! Egads!?! A smartphone!?! Really!?! The thought of having something just a tad larger than the credit card (also foreign until the 80's - anybody remember layaway!?!) that would function as both a phone and a computer!?! Come on, now... And finally, the concept of blogging!?! Who'd heard of blogging? Was it even a word back then!?! Being the not-by-choice bread winner of the family, i knew all about being "bogged" down with too much of what I didn't want to be doing while pining for what I thought I'd be doing once I started having babies .. As might have been expected, shortly after, and for the next 14 years, i was a single mom... But really, blogging is one of the under-recognized gifts given to the many by, relatively speaking, so few... Bloggers who give so much of who they are, and who are so willing to "teach" others are amazing to me... I'm amazed! Maybe it's just me...many might wonder where I've been for so long to have not "discovered" what so many have found years ago... Maybe I've been lost!?! Who knows.... What I do know is that it is with much humility that I'm trying to convey my appreciation of all you give... I think I saw where someone commented that you should be getting or could get rich from all the tutorials you so freely give... I'm just guessing here, but I can only imagine that it is in giving that you may feel as if you have gotten "rich" for "richness" can be defined by terms beyond the monetary....

Okay, okay... Back on topic...

Today, having only had prior experiences of about six months with each of these needle arts, I've chosen to crochet. Blog sites such as yours inspire and spur me on... I wish I could tell you the many ways in which crocheting has been so healing... I cannot get enough! I feel as if I've decades to recoup but, in reality, don't have the decade left in which to recoup all I'd like,,., Although I've still a desire to knit but my hands won't cooperate... I'm praying my hands will hold up to crocheting... The jury is still out on that one as ive already developed a bit of carpal tunnel syndrome that's interfering with what id like to be doing,,..

That being said, have you any experience with using double-ended crochet hooks, or for that matter, the "knook" hooks, in place of knitting needles to complete any knitting projects? just yesterday, I happened upon a book on using double-ended crochet hooks in lieu of knitting needles... As soon as I saw it included instructions for making socks, I ordered it... In my hunt for the smallest size, double-ended Susan Bates crochet hooks (I prefer her throat design over the Boye product for the smaller gauge hooks), I stumbled upon the "Knook Expanded Begiinner Hook Set" which explained that knooking enabled knitting while still hooking as if crocheting! Oooooh my goodness! Soooo, so exciting! I ended up buying it, along with three size 4mm double-ended Susan Bates hooks!!!! My heart's racing even as I'm telling you about it!... I'm all set up now to be a full on hooker, using my hooks to both knit and crochet... I hope I haven't fallen into a fool's dream in believing I might be able to successfully hook my way through a knitting project as well... Your thoughts would be appreciated.... ;o}

(P.S.; my husband & sons say I talk, rather chatter, too much... And I write as if I'm talking.... My apologies for the length here.... :o) K"...)
9/22/2013 7:19 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Katherine ... Oh, goodness! I loved your amazing comment. Thanks for being so sweet and chatty with me. :) I don't have any experience knooking. I hope it works out for you!
10/6/2013 7:41 PM

JO said ...
Hi, I was wondering about the pattern you used for these gloves. I am looking for EXACTLY that pattern, but can't find one anywhere.
12/13/2014 5:35 AM
futuregirl replied ...
JO ... I made these without a pattern. I swatched to get gauge. I measured my husband's hands and fingers. I did some math. I knit them from the wrist up. They are such a small project that you can do some experimenting and mistake-making and still get these done in a weekend. Don't be afraid to just jump in and try. :)
12/21/2014 9:47 PM