hybrid fingertipless gloves/mittens...?

xtophercb's picture

hi all... looking for a pattern for a hybrid style of gloves... i saw 2 patterns on ravelry that are similar to my brain's vision (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...e-finger-mitts and http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...-winter-gloves) but still not quite... i'd like sort of a combo of those 2 - fingertipless thumb and full-size fingertipless index. and then middle/ring/pinkie fingers together in a mitten-style area. fingertipless is great for using smartphones/touchscreens/nosepicking/etc, but i don't like that first pattern's index finger being so short/stubby. and i don't like the 2nd pattern having the last 3 fingers separate, but it has the thumb and index finger the way i'd like. any ideas? gloves and socks, the impossible dream still thanks!

Crafty Andy's picture

Let me tell you that there is

Let me tell you that there is not right or wrong way of knitting. There are easier ways to knit and if you are knitting through the back loop without knowing that you are, you may be making your like more complicated. I second Ron and Tallguy in the fact that patterns are really guides. You may sometimes not understand something, or something may be not clear or totally wrong, so you need to improvise.

I have been knitting for over 25 years and make my own patterns, I have other people read the pattern to see if it makes sense to them. Sometimes things get weird when I write because my first language is Spanish, nonetheless charted instructions are universal and may be understood across languages. I encourage you to be patient, and to practice making things. Increase your challenges and always look and pay attention at how you knit, how are you making the piece you are working on. Where do you usually make mistakes, what are the challenges ? Crochet is another craft which is different from Knitting, but it has challenges as well. Weaving is the same.

So practice, ask questions and don't be afraid of success or failure, in the end both are a success. I hope you become a great designer and that we get to see your growth. Be well.

Tallguy's picture

Probably you were taught

Probably you were taught knitting in the wrong way. That is, I was always told that a pattern is only a guide, it is NOT meant to be followed exactly stitch for stitch. And that is what I believed! (a la EZ)

So if you don't like anything the way it is written, change it! It's really that simple. If the fingers are too short or long, change it. If you want these fingers joined together, change it. YOU can do anything you want, you know. I give you permission.

I have never followed a pattern 100% either. For some reason, there are always things I need to tweak -- which I do. After all, I am not made the same as everyone else, so I have to change the instructions to fit ME! You are allowed to do the same for yourself.

xtophercb's picture

that's an incredibly generous

that's an incredibly generous statement given a huge lack of skills on my part. they're not even a need, i have too many ready-made bought gloves (and everything else) as it is. at this point, if i ended up needing more, walmart's not that far away, and frankly less hassle. still, it's a disappointment to not be able to find a pattern for what i envisioned, or actually know how to create a pattern (and a finished object from it!) myself... eh, on to the next thing...

ronhuber's picture

I think you are ready to make

I think you are ready to make your own patterns and ditch those that others have written. There are a lot of articles written on how to make mittens and gloves so just adapt those instructions to your own hand.

xtophercb's picture

ok... rewriting the cigar

ok... rewriting the cigar one http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html so it actually makes sense...

(sloppy incomplete instructions/patterns are my kryptonite. if you make me do a gauge swatch so i've figured out the right needles for me, and the pattern gauge is 25 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch then just say to knit for 28 rounds, or whatever it may be, don't make me measure the damn thing for 3.5". at the very least do the math on your own pattern and put both measurements in your pattern. and don't give me HALF stitches as a measurement. argh! i feel a lewis black moment waiting in the wings... moving on...)

under 'thumb gusset' when it gets to what is really round 57, where it says to knit to the last 8, and then place the next 17 stitches on waste yarn... umm... it means the next 17 stitches i'm about to do, right? because if i knit to the last 8, plus the 56 i would have just knit, that's the 64 total i had at the end of the 56th round.

keep in mind this is just for the cast on, cuff and ribbing. haven't even gotten to the fun stuff of the thumb and index finger, and then the 3-in-1 mitten for middle/ring/pinkie. but, decided on this one because it knits the same for both hands, no 'ok now do the other one in reverse, see ya sucker!' instructions, and it doesn't run the risk of a bad felting experience.

xtophercb's picture

i also found this one

i also found this one http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html but again, needing pattern alterations, and the brain goes blank... hmm...

santaml's picture

just modify the patter either

just modify the patter either add extra row or subtract. I don't think I've ever followed a patter 100% since I'm short I always make the arms shorter and add extra to the holders. With socks I love toe up because I can customize to my size extra stitches in the gusset for a wider foot. The pattern is the formula just adjust it to your liking. with the fingers on the glove take the total stitches and knit them all together to make one opening instead of individual ones. Good luck and if you need help modifying send me the pattern and let me know what you want to do to it and I can try to help you figure it out. :)