1. It was her idea, so she is invested in the project, which is great, because if she doesn't want to stop, she won't.
2. It works; at least as long as she is wearing it.
This means we need to keep track of it and have a few spares lest she leave it laying around, hide it, bite through a stitch that came loose, (saying "There! Good as new!"), one is in the wash, etc. The first one I made her is still at large somewhere, but number 2 was found today, and number 3's whereabouts are also known, so hopefully I can get back to my regular crafting queue now.
|My daughter, wearing Thumb-Cover Version 1, now Missing-in-Action. (She's coaching her little sister to use the camera).|
Sock-Yarn scraps, or any fingering weight yarn, with fun colours and softness (so that the kid is more willing to wear it) being recommended. The two featured yarns are Kroy Socks 'Krazy Stripes' and Claudia Hand-paint fingering.
2.5 mm double-pointed needles
Needle for weaving-in ends
|Thumb Cover in Claudia Hand-Paint|
Work in single ribbing (*knit 1, purl 1* repeat) for 8 rounds.
Bind-off 30 stitches, then continue in ribbing for the following 8 stitches.
Turn work, and, working back and forth in stockinette (starting and ending with a purl row), work 7 rows.
Knit 8, then, using the backwards loop method, cast-on 8 stitches, and join again in the round on double-pointed needles.
Knit 12 rounds.
Thumb-shaping and Finishing
-SSK, K4, K2tog, SSK, K4, K2tog
-knit one round
-SSK, K2, K2tog, SSK, K2, K2tog
-SSK, K2tog, SSK, K2tog
Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches, and weave in ends.