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sthpfan17 03-21-2009 01:41 PM

I need help with knitting armwarmers!
Hi! I'm knitting armwarmers and the first part was to cast on 44 stitches which I did, and then to knit in k1, p1 rib for 31 rnds. I did all of these things so far but the next step now is to turn work and begin working back and forth for 12 rows. I'm so confused by this step I have no idea how to do it and when I tried it before I had two thumb holes instead of 1! Could someone help me or explain it to me in a way that I will understand? Thanks You Very Much!!

Anarfea 03-21-2009 02:39 PM

It would help if I could see a photo, but what I think it means is this:

You have 44 stiches joined in the round. If you place a marker at the start of your round, when it says "knit back and fourth for 12 rows" what I think it means is that you should knit 44 stitches (to your marker) and then turn the work and purl 44 stitches (to your marker) 6 times. If you do it this way you should only get one thumb hole, between the 44th and 1st stitch. I presume the pattern will then have you re-join in the round for the rest of the hand.

What you need to remember is that when you're purling your way back, your needles will be on the far side, hope that makes sense. If you know how, it might be easier to knit backwards.

heatherg23 03-21-2009 03:09 PM

I just saw a video about knitting backwards it's at
looks very easy.

suzeeq 03-21-2009 04:50 PM

It's not knitting backwards; the instruction to 'knit back and forth' means to knit flat. She's been knitting in the round, this way there will be a slit for the thumb.

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