In an effort to do some stash busting last week, I made some fingerless gloves that ended up taking me twice as long to knit because I am an idiot.
But that’s what I LOVE about knitting. Really.
There it is, the secret of knitting. The longer you knit, the more fun it gets.
Even when you’re screwing up!
See, what happened is, I was knitting the Thuja-Inspired fingerless gloves and I got to the part where it says to “use waste yarn and knit 8 stitches at the beginning of the round.” I then used waste yarn to CAST ON 8 NEW stitches at the beginning of the round and then knit those 8 stitches with the main yarn.
And I knew it was wrong, but I just couldn’t figure out what she was talking about. So I set it down. For 2 days.
Then, finally, I read through it again and realized – hey, she just means to knit those 8 stitches with a piece of waste yarn. Duh.
So, in case you are as inept as I am prone to over-analysis when it comes to reading directions as I am and want an easy peasy way to do fingerless gloves (without a thumb gusset), here’s a quick tutorial.
Step 1: Knit a tube.
Step 2: At the beginning of the round where you decide you want your thumb, knit the next 8 stitches with a piece of scrap yarn. Then slide those stitches back onto the left needle and re-knit them with your main yarn. (It will look weird because you will have an extra row on these 8 stitches.)
Step 3: Knit the remainder of the glove, and then go back and carefully remove the scrap yarn.
Step 4: Pick up the remaining stitches and pick up a few on either side of the hole as well.
Step 5: Knit up the stitches, staying in the pattern as desired.
Step 6: Put glove on and pinch your cat’s head.