04 February 2007

An Original Technique?

I love seamless knitwear. The very essence of its superiority over flat knitting is the fact that it is much neater than anything with seams, no matter how hard you work to make the seamed garment impeccable on the inside.
Whenever I design a new thing I think really hard how to structure it so that it can be made seamlessly and the making process can be as "flowing" and "uninterrupted" as possible. This is how I came up with a number of techniques, which I arrived at by pure experimentation. Quite often I stumble upon such an original technique of mine in some obscure Art Deco pattern or other, and I say to myself with a smile: "Ooops. This looks familiar." It is hardly surprising that this happens. In the many thousands of years of knitting on Earth everything imaginable about how it can be done must have been covered thoroughly.

The point is that whilst making the gloves for the book I had an idea about closing the tips of fingers and running the thread inside to the base of the next finger where it can be picked up and used to knit another finger, or - as it is in case of a thumb - the palm of hand. It is very straight forward, if a bit fiddly.

Basically when you set up for working the finger/thumb make sure that the working yarn goes through the little hole, so that it runs through the finger as you knit it up. When the finger is finished close off all stitches using crochet hook and push the loop inside through the tip of finger. Turn the finger inside out and pass your ball of wool through the loop, secure by pulling and you're done. Now push the finger out and pick up the thread at the base of next finger. It completely does away with weaving in or having to put up with loose threads on the inside.

Original or not, I like it a lot. It is worth trying. Be aware though! When doing it once I lost my concentration only to notice that I knit up half a finger forgetting to run the thread through the finger hole. Dah!


Sarah said...

What a great idea. Having only knit one glove so far which was done flat and then seamed - I'm a big fan of seamlessness!

Kendra said...

Thanks for sharing the tip. I'll definitely try that next time I make gloves.

I'm so excited about your patterns being chosen for books.