beating the thumb topic to death....

Buck Strong's picture

So thanks for all of the great responses to my earlier questions.
I ended up with the same problem when I used the scrap yarn for the spot where the thumb went. Here is what I did:
I took a scrap piece of yarn and knitted nine stitches where the thumb should go. Then, I put all of those stitches back on to the left needle and knitted as though nothing happened. When I pulled out the yarn, I ended up with nine stitches on the bottom and six stitches on top.

Uggh! What am I doing wrong? Am I putting the wrong stitches back onto the left needle e.g., I knitted in a red piece of yarn and I put the red stitches back onto the left needle.

Thanks

Buck

I'm a very opinionated

I'm a very opinionated knitter when it comes to thumbs.

I encourage you NOT to use a horizontal slit for the thumb. Thumbs made this way wear quickly at either end of the slit, and they don't fit correctly. Try using a thumb gusset. Look at your hand: your thumb is on the side, not on the face of the palm.

I don't know why anyone ever invented the horizontal slit thumb. Maybe it was a Martian who never really used a human thumb. To me, it's similar to buying boxers with a horizontal fly. Someone glancing at the anatomy and the intended purpose it is supposed to serve might think that a horizontal fly would work. But when you actually have to use it, a vertical fly works much better.

Buck Strong's picture

Yup, I think you're correct.

Yup, I think you're correct. I'm starting that new pattern now and I'm going to make a thumb gusset.
After studying different patterns with thumb gussets it started to make sense how to add it in.
I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again.

Geoff

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looks like you may be losing

looks like you may be losing some of the top stiches when you pull out the yarn.

Try this - Bind off the nine stiches with waste yarn and then cast on 9 sittches with waste yarn. - that way your top and bottom will be seperate.
wi

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Buck Strong's picture

Ahh....That sounds like a

Ahh....That sounds like a great plan.

Thanks!!

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder