Conductive Yarn

My son showed me a pair of gloves he got today and conductive yarn was used in the fingers so the wearer can use a cell phone without taking off the gloves. I am going to do some research on this and write an article about it. I was wondering if any of you guys have ever used conductive yarns? If so, what did you make?
Thanks.

Mark

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Bill's picture

I used it for some glove fingertips. Got it on etsy.com ...in small amounts.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Bill. I found some on Knit Picks as well. Did you use it for the whole fingertip or in just one spot? I'm thinking since most cell phones use two fingers, it would be good to at least that many.

Mark

Bill's picture

I carried it along with my regular yarn, and just used it for the finger pads.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've never used it for knitting but am familiar with the gloves that allow you to work electronic pads while protecting your fingers from chills. Thanks for letting us know that it is available for hand knitting.

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vplane's picture

I bought a skein of "SilverSpun" at Feelgood Yarn Co. (feelgoodyarnco.com) which is a cotton worsted gauge yarn with 5% silver. It's already spun into the yarn so you can just knit away...only comes in white though.

Anyone else used this stuff? I'll try to remember to post my review here.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Ed. I'll check it out! I'm gathering info as I begin writing an article about it.

Mark

BuduR's picture

Late to the party as usual. I used conductive thread to make myself some gloves. I used the duplicate stitch method and placed it only on the thumb and pointing fingers. I put the gloves on and made the motions that I normally make when using my phone to get an idea of where the thread should be placed and then just put it in those areas where my fingers would make contact.

But I'm weird and paranoid and don't wear them at all because I got it into my head that if I wear them while driving and a bolt of lightening hits my car I'm going to die because of the thread. Irrational, probably zero chance of that happening but I figure I'm getting to that age where no one expects me to make sense with my thought processes anymore.

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Bill's picture

...maybe you could wear them when it isn't raining?
:)

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the idea about the duplicate stitch method. I like that idea. Rest assured regarding the lightning that the bold of lightning would probably hit the car and then be grounded by the tires before it ever got to you. Actually, from what I have heard, a car is a very safe place to avoid electric shock because of lightning. Also, you are probably wearing the gloves more in the winter than summer. Even though there is such a thing as thunder/lightning in snowstorms, streak lightning is rare. I think you are okay. :) There is probably less conductive thread in your gloves than there is in the zipper in your pants. Oh, the pain! LOL
Mark