Knitting gloves/handwarmers

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Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by MJ(Sam's Mummy) » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:36 am

Ok, this is probably a really stupid question but, I'm attempting to learn to knit and I saw a pattern for 'easy kids hand warmers' and after reading the pattern -which I can actually follow!- I thought I'd try them. Cannot figure out how to knit them on circulars though. I can cast on the 28(I think) stitches, but when it comes to joining them, they won't join because all the stitches are on the needle not the cable if that makes sense? Theres not enough stitches to reach to the cable. Can they be knitted on circulars or not? I'm obviously missing something 8-[
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by littlejo » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:54 am

Have you done or heard of magic loop?

I was scared of trying it for ages, but was finally shown and never looked back.
So you need a longer needle/cable for it (maybe 80cm-100cm).
Cast on the 28 stitches, then slide them all onto the flexible cable part. Then kinda fold the cable in half and slip half the the stitches to one side of the fold, and half to the other. Then you just knit it. Unlike normal circular knitting, you do have to turn and adjust the needles after each half of the round.
YouTube is good for seeing how it's done.

Or you might possibly be able to knit on 30cm circs, but probably a bit tricky. I have done adult mitts on them, but it wasn't that easy. Was a bit of a stretch to spread the stitches around.
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by MJ(Sam's Mummy) » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:38 pm

littlejo wrote:Have you done or heard of magic loop?

I was scared of trying it for ages, but was finally shown and never looked back.
So you need a longer needle/cable for it (maybe 80cm-100cm).
Cast on the 28 stitches, then slide them all onto the flexible cable part. Then kinda fold the cable in half and slip half the the stitches to one side of the fold, and half to the other. Then you just knit it. Unlike normal circular knitting, you do have to turn and adjust the needles after each half of the round.
YouTube is good for seeing how it's done.

Or you might possibly be able to knit on 30cm circs, but probably a bit tricky. I have done adult mitts on them, but it wasn't that easy. Was a bit of a stretch to spread the stitches around.
Oooh, heard of it but never seen it. I'll have to look it up on YouTube, thank you :D
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by Foxtrot » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:39 pm

Yes it sounds like you are trying to just knit them on a circular, which won't work as the diameter of the hand warmer is way smaller than the circle the circular needle makes. As littlejo says you need to use the magic loop technique with a longer circular needle. Just type it into YouTube and you'll find lots of videos showing you how to do it. It's really easy once you get the hang of it so don't be scared.
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by nakigal » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:35 pm

Are you sure they are supposed to be knit in the round?

With the kinds handwarmers I normally knit flat and then just sew them up when I have finished knitting the rectangle. That way you can leave a little gap in the seam for the thumb to poke through.
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by littlejo » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:49 pm

MJ(Sam's Mummy) wrote:Oooh, heard of it but never seen it. I'll have to look it up on YouTube, thank you :D
You won't look back! I don't know why I didn't learn it sooner - after I had seen it, it just seemed so simple. Love it now for hats etc - don't have to change to dpns when you get to the top. Also made me willing to try socks which I love (not that I have made all that many as I am slooooow, but I do love them).
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by HCsMum » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:52 pm

the other option is to use DPNs (double pointed needles) they are smaller circumference or a 30cm cable
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Re: Knitting gloves/handwarmers

Post by MJ(Sam's Mummy) » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:08 pm

Foxtrot wrote:Yes it sounds like you are trying to just knit them on a circular, which won't work as the diameter of the hand warmer is way smaller than the circle the circular needle makes. As littlejo says you need to use the magic loop technique with a longer circular needle. Just type it into YouTube and you'll find lots of videos showing you how to do it. It's really easy once you get the hang of it so don't be scared.
Yep, I kinda figured it wasn't going to work once I'd cast on (which I was pretty happy that I'd managed that!), just had no idea how to make it work! It's different to sewing, I can figure that out pretty quickly, probably why I keep getting frustrated at myself with the knitting, I really think I need time to just sit and concentrate, rather than trying to fit 5 mins in here and there and forgetting what is probably important steps :hide:
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