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Old 09-25-2013, 04:13 AM   #1
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Help Understanding Knitting Patten - Knittting Mitts
Hi everyone! This is my first post here and hope someone can help me out as I feel very confused at the moment.

I got this book on knitting mittens and gloves (Simple Knits - Mittens and Gloves to be exact - Project Wristwarmers) and I've got so far with the patten and now don't understand what to do next.

I've done as the patten told me to which was to cast on 30sts and then ribbed the work until it measures 6 inches. Now it's asking me to place the thumb and I not sure how to do this as it doesn't seem very clear to me at the moment.

Here are the instructions as follows

Place Thumb
Next Row - Patt 17 sts, slip last 4 sts worked onto a stitch holder, patt to end.


Now I'm confused. First of all I don't understand what patt means. I know it means patten, but in the context of this project I don't understand what it wants me to do. Also it says for me to place 4 stitches onto the stitch holder, I'm fine with that but what do I do with the other 9 stitches I have left on the needle?

After that it then asks me to do the following

Next row Patt 13 sts, cast on 4 sts, patt to the end. Cont in rib as set until work measures 1 1/2" (4cm) from thumb opening.

I don't understand where it wants me to cast on the 4 sts and if it wants me to do this before or after the sts I placed on the stitch holder.

It then goes on to talk about knitting a separate thumb so I'm assuming that the stitch holding is holding the 4 stitches where the thumb will be placed but I'm confused about the rest of the above. Most importantly what do I do with these 9 stitches I have left over.

If anyone cold help it would be most appreciated.

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Old 09-25-2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to Knitting Help!
When the instructions say to "pattern" some number of stitches, it means to continue the stitches that you've have been using on previous rows so that the overall pattern continues. If your pattern has been ribbing (k1, p1)or stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) then continue those stitches.
If you cast on 30sts, work 17sts and place the last 4sts from the right needle on a stitch holder, you should have 13sts remaining on the right needle and 13sts on the left needle. Work those 13sts on the left needle in the pattern stitch to the end of the row. (I don't understand where you have 9 stitches? On which needle?)
For the row with the cast on of 4 sts, those cast on stitches are placed over the space left by the 4sts that are on the stitch holder. So work 13sts in your pattern, cast on 4sts and continue knitting the row. You can use a backward loop cast on or a cable cast on for this.
Good luck with the wrist warmers and come back with questions if you have more.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:58 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
If you cast on 30sts, work 17sts and place the last 4sts from the right needle on a stitch holder, you should have 13sts remaining on the right needle and 13sts on the left needle. Work those 13sts on the left needle in the pattern stitch to the end of the row. (I don't understand where you have 9 stitches? On which needle?
I just had a count and what I meant to say was that I would have 9 stitches left over after taking the 4 off for the stitch holder. 9 stitches plus the 4 on the stitch holder would be 13. I haven't attempted this as thought I would ask first. Although having re read what you've said I think I understand now which is to have the stitch holder in the centre of the row rather than at one end. Is that right?

Thank you so much for your help and apologises if I sound a little slow with this
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:32 AM   #4
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Yes, the stitch holder is in the center of the row with 13 sts on either side. Your questions are all good and everyone here is happy to help. Feel free to ask away. Post a photo of the finished project if you'd like. We'd love to see it!
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Ok then, so I knitted the first row, and placed the stitch holder in the middle, holding the four stitches. Now I can't quite cast on the 4 extra 4 stitches for some reason. The patten upon re reading says to use the cable cast on but I find that the needles keep binding up for some reason.
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Take a look at the video I linked to or watch others on YouTube and see if you can figure out where it's going wrong. You might also try the cable cast on on a swatch.
For the srist warmers, you'll want to cast on the stitches onto the needle that has the working yarn coming off the end. This is the needle in your right hand. You'll take it into your left hand to do the cast on and once you have the 4 sts cast on, the needle goes back to your rigth hand and you continue knitting to the end of the row.
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