Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Current Progress Picture

Here's my current progress picture. I haven't got to knit any yet today, but will in just a few minutes.

I'm going to put the little finger stitches on waste yarn and finish it off later as recommended.

Now, to knit on!



Kathy said...


What I did for each finger, was work them till about 1 inch from being done. They took a good supply of the yarns and made a little "butterfly", and stuck it inside the finger to keep it out of the way. I had to keep trying it on all the time, so I had to pop the butterflys of yarn out of the fingers.... It was a bit of a hassel, but the "finger fit" was the biggest challenge for me. I closed up the thumb first, then did the fingers. And, again - I am glad I only had 4 fingers!!

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Thanks so much, Kathy. I'll be making butterflies tonight.

I keep thinking I can knit in just a few minutes, but things keep happening. I'm hoping to be able to knit now.

Have you cast on for glove #2?

Cheryl said...

It is beautifual...what is a butterfly I am not familiar wih that term

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Cheryl, a yarn butterfly is a simple method of dealing with lengths of yarn that you are still using in your knitting, but have been cut from the ball. You simply wind them around a couple of your fingers and then wrap in the middle portion and it forms what looks like a butterfly. These are commonly used in intarsia knitting for better yarn management.

This becomes necessary when you are finishing any of the fingers, but not closing off yet and leaving the decreases undone until you're sure of fit length needed when other fingers are completed. You leave enough of both yarns at the end of the unfinished finger to complete the inch or so of knitting left. You will start the next finger with the yarn on the ball and have your yarn butterflies attached to the unfinished finger for later completion.

I hope this makes sense!

Many basic knitting books will explain how to make a yarn butterfly in their intarsia knitting section. Some knitters use bobbins instead of the butterfly technique for yarn control.

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...


I found a video that shows the making and use of a *butterfly*, however she refers to it as a yarn bobbin.

Click this link: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

then scroll down to *Two Color Knitting* and click on the little camera next to *Intarsia*. She shows how to make a yarn butterfly/bobbin. I make mine smaller, but the same technique, just on 2 fingers.

Cheryl said...

Makes perfect sense Shelly-thanks much...(slightly embarrassed long time intarsia knitter who used bobbins frequently otherwise wrapped small amounts of yarn over fingers and around middle to keep yarn for later) :) Thanks again