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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Basic Glove - Fingers

There are many combinations of stitches that can be used to knit the fingers of a glove. I created a series of diagrams, with three different examples (patterns), to explain how fingers are created in knitted gloves. This is definitely the case where a picture (or several) is worth a thousand words. Using the approach outlined here, you will be able to create custom fitted fingers appropriate to the number of hand stitches on your needles.    Read more

Basic Glove - Thumb Opening

These instructions apply to a thumb knitted from a slot, created with a waste yarn placeholder. The advantages of this style of thumb include its ease of construction, ability to accommodate many stitch and color patterns and simplified glove construction. You continue knitting the pattern as if the thumb weren't there, which it isn't until later. When using two circular needles and this thumb design both the right and left hands can be knitted identically to the start of the fingers, reducing construction complexity. Read more ... for stepwise instructions and photos.

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