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Knit Off Stitch Holders with DPNs – Knitting a Glove Thumb

Learn to knit glove thumbs off stitch holders with double point needles (DPNs) in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

After you have separated your glove thumb and hand with a stitch holder, you’ll knit the hand of the glove. Then, you will want to make the thumb using the live stitches you’ve saved. To work the live stitches off your stitch holder, you will first need to put them back onto your knitting needles. Here, the stitch holder will be reserving stitches that you can knit in the round to turn into your glove thumb. You can use three double point needles to accomplish this task.

Below you will find both video and written guides to help you learn how knit off stitch holders with DPNs.

Video Guide: How Knit from a Stitch Holder with DPNs

Written Guides: How to Knit from a Stitch Holder with DPNs

Step 1: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 1:

Unclip the stitch holder. Place it in your left hand with the sharp tip pointing toward your right. 

Step 2: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 2:

Pick up a double point needle (DPN) with your right hand. Insert the tip of the needle into the first stitch on the holder purlwise (into the front leg from back to front).

Step 3: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 3:

Slide the stitch off the stitch holder and onto the DPN.

Step 4: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 4:

Slip about one-third of the stitches from the holder onto the first double point needle in the same manner.

Step 5: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 5:

Let go of the first DPN and pick up a second DPN in your left hand. Slip another third of the stitches purlwise onto the second DPN.

Step 6: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 6:

Pick up a third DPN and slip the remaining stitches onto it purlwise. Set the empty stitch holder aside.

Step 7: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 7:

Pick up a strand of working yarn and place the tail between the first and third needles.

Step 8: Learn to knit stitches off a stitch holder with double point needles and make glove thumb in this lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Knit Off Stitch Holder with DPNs, Step 8:

Work into the first stitch on the first DPN and begin knitting in the round as your pattern instructs.    

Learn to knit glove thumbs off stitch holders with double point needles (DPNs) in this knitting lesson with Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

Practice With My Knitting Patterns

Ready to try it?

Simple fingerless glove knitting pattern in all sizes by Liz Chandler @PurlsAnd Pixels.

Try knitting Simple Fingerless Gloves, which use stitch holders to shape the thumb opening.

Basic mitten knitting pattern by Liz Chandler @PurlsAndPixels.

In my pattern for Basic Knit Mittens you will also use stitch holders to make the thumbs.

Up Next

You can also take stitches off the stitch holder when working in the Magic Loop. I’ll show you how to make glove thumbs on long circular needles in the next lesson.

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