Promise of Spring

The blue sky and brilliant morning sun hinted at 50oF temperatures and the promise of spring. The sun created prismatic effects on the snow and the crystals of snow sparkled in the sunlight. These late winter colors inspired me to knit gloves in 4 colors: sky blue, winter white (snow), and rust and marigold (morning sun on the deciduous trees and dry grass).

Grafting "In Pattern"

For the cabled headband, my preferred method of joining it in the round is with the Kitchener (also called grafting or weaving) stitch, because it creates an invisible join and does not add bulk. When grafting knitted pieces that are "in pattern", such as this garter, purl and knit stitch pattern, a combination of the two basic grafting stitches is used. Read more ... for quality control tips and additional information.

Grafting (Joining) Two Garter Stitch Pieces Together

BeforeBeforeAfterAfterI prefer finishing the cabled headbands with a grafting (also called Kitchener) stitch, because the seam is invisible and looks like the knitting. In the cabled headband featured yesterday, however, there are both knit and purl stitches so optimally you would use both knit and purl grafting stitches. In addition, after I wrote about grafting stocking stitch fabrics a number of readers inquired about grafting purl (garter) stitch fabrics, so I have now included stepwise illustrations for this variation.
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Basic Glove - Picking Up Thumb Stitches

Step 3Step 3I knitted this series of samples in a lighter colored yarn to make it easier to demonstrate how the provisional stitches are picked up for the thumb. In the dark blue mohair gloves, although the waste yarn could be easily seen, it was difficult to see and photograph the loops that were picked up, so I ended up picking up the stitches from the inside (purl side) of the glove. These images show how you would pick up the thumb stitches on the stockinette side of the glove. Read more ... for stepwise, illustrated instructions.
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