This is exactly what I am talking about. I remember coming across this site a while back and thinking THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT. No cabling, no fancy stitch work, just plain knitting. Then I tried to read the pattern. Let me show you.
[B]KNIT THE PINKIE[/B]:
[B][I]We started with 48 stitches on our cuff[/I][/B], ([I][COLOR=“Red”]good, that works for me[/COLOR][/I]), but two of them wound up in our gusset. You should then have 46 stitches on your needles. [B]You want 11 of these for your pinkie.[/B] ([I][COLOR=“Red”]No that is even less than what I need[/COLOR][/I]). Take 5 from one side and 6 from the other. If you have offset your thumbs, take 5 from the inside of the glove and 6 from the outside. Place all the rest of your stitches onto a scrap piece of yarn.
Knit the 5 stitches and when you come to the end of them, add 2 to 4 stitches using the [B]backwards cast-on[/B] method ([I][COLOR=“Red”]Why? & What is that?[/COLOR][/I]). The amount you add on will be determined by the width of your fingers, or the fingers of the person you are making the gloves for ([I][COLOR=“Red”]Why is 11 the number she started with only to add on more? Why an odd number?[/COLOR][/I]). [B]Now join those new stitches to the other side[/B] ([I][COLOR=“Red”]other side of what?[/COLOR][/I]), and knit those six so that you have 13 to 15 stitches in a tiny circle to begin knitting into a tube. ([I][COLOR=“Red”]Why are the stitch numbers odd?[/COLOR][/I])
Now that you have your foundation of your tube, knit 18 to 24 rows - more or less, depending on your measurements. Knit until you are just shy of the end of the finger - this goes pretty quickly.
To close the finger up, K2tog for two rounds until you have 4 stitches remaining on your needles. Snip the yarn off, leaving you a good six inches of tail. Pull the end of that tail through the remaining stitches and pull it closed like a drawstring. Leave this be for now, we will pull it inside and tie it off when we get to the finishing steps.
I am doing half finger, so I only need to go half the way.
Under the Middle Finger section she includes this statement:
*[I][B]Widths of fingers can be adjusted by adding more or less stitches using the backwards cast on method, just before you close the foundation ring of your tube.[/B][/I]
Here is where I have the problem. What are the pros of Backward cast on as opposed to the long tail cast on loop? And where? at the base where the hole is? She is saying before 'we close the foundation" What does that mean? Have we already knit the finger? Or is this at the point where we are initially joining the back and front stitches to begin the finger? If so which side are we adding to or are we adding to both equally? If so, why is she using odd number stitches?
I am trying to form a picture in my head of what to do and with the way she describes it, all I get out of it is confusion. I like the gloves, don’t get me wrong, but her directions leave something to be desired. Unless of course she is talking to veteran knitters. Then I could understand it.