I only knit in the winter :) Why? I'm not sure, maybe just because the things I make are wintery. At any rate, between last winter and this winter several pair of wrist warmers (like fingerless gloves, I guess) have been lost, so I'm knitting up some more :) I don't really follow a written pattern, but basically do the same type thing on this easy pattern. Sometimes I make a picture on them (just drawing it out on graph paper).
I'll share my easy knitting pattern with you in case anyone wants to give it a try!
This is knit on double pointed needles, size 6. You could use circulars, but I just don't like them :) (I 've never gotten the hang of them!!)
You've probably figured out by now that I'm not some great knitter...so be encouraged!! This is easy!!! :)
Key: k=knit p=purl
Cast on 24 stitches, 8 on each of 3 double pointed needles.
K4 P4 and keep going till you have your cuff the length you wish. I like a cuff of about 3 1/2 inches.
Switch over to all knitting for another 2 inches or so. I usually try it on and make sure it's at the base of my thumb.
Here's where it seems weird, but is easy. I don't know if this a thing that real knitters do or not :) but it works for me ;) basically here, you will do this:
K 1 row, then after the 3rd needle, flip the direction and P 1 row (so it's kind of like you're going backwards). Then when you get back to your start point, flip it right way and K another row, then flip and purl back, and so on. Do this till you have done :
Row 1 knit
Row 2 purl back to the start
Row 3 knit
Row 4 purl back to the start
Row 5 knit
Row 6 purl back to the start.
This weirdness will give you this nice thumb hole:
To make the thumb, I just pick up 16 stitches onto 3 double pointed needles and knit around for 4 or 5 rows, then switch to the K4P4 pattern for 3 rows and then cast off!
Some members of my family like them with thumbs, some without. Here's how they look in both instances.
I hope these instructions are clear! If you have questions, please ask! :)