It is possible to make thumbs, heels, pockets, and more with merely a single piece of waste yarn set-up. Learn this sculptural trick for working your knitting unbroken in whatever shape you desire. Note: While it is possible to make buttonholes this way, there are other methods I would recommend first.
Skill level is easy.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to knit in the round.
Maximum 20 students.
Students receive a handout in booklet form.
No materials fee.
Using whatever method suits you, cast on 15 stitches with class yarn.
Work a few rows in garter (knit all, both sides), just to keep the bottom edge from curling too much.
Work back and forth in stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for about an inch.
Do not break yarn. Leave work on needles.
homework swatch in class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) live on needles
a yard of waste yarn (slippery yarns, such as mercerized cotton, work well)
non-slippery double-pointed needles
blunt tapestry needle (optional)
|thumbs easily inserted and in pattern|
This technique is also in “Stunt Knitting Safety Lines” (previously “Worry-Free Waste Yarn”).
It has been taught at
The Whole Nine Yarns, Woodstock GA;
Georgia Alpaca FiberFest 2012, Pine Mountain GA:
Georgia FiberFest 2015, Columbus GA;
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair 2015, Fletcher NC;
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair 2016, Fletcher NC;
Carolina Fiber Fest 2019, Raleigh NC.