Knitted Finger-Stall, c1890

Knitted Finger-Stall, c1890

"A finger-stall made of soft yet elastic material, is frequently found useful, especially if it is made sufficiently large to pull on over the bandages or poultice on a wounded finger. Such a shield keeps the wrappings under it in position, can be quickly made and, if necessary, adapted, by making slight alterations in the mode of knitting it, to cover injuries of various kinds. The one in our model was worked with Strutt’s unbleached knitting cotton No. 8 and four steel needles, No. 17.

Cast on one stitch on each of three needles.

1st Round - Plain.

2nd Round - * Make 1, knit 1, repeat from * twice.

3rd Round - Plain.

4th Round - * Make 1, knit to the end of the needle, repeat from * twice.

Work the 3rd and 4th rounds alternately until there are 36 stitches on; twelve on each needle. Then knit 31 rounds plain.

54th Round - * Make 2 by putting the thread twice round the needle, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, repeat from *

55th Round - * Purl 1, knit 3, repeat from * to end of round.

56th & 57th Rounds - Plain.

58th Round - * Knit 2, purl 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Work 10 more rounds ribbed, like 58th round.

This completes the finger-stall unless such a strap is required as is shown in the illustration and which serves as a means of affixing the shield to the wrist of the wearer. If this addition is not required, cast off moderately loosely; if it be needed, cast off 26 stitches only and knit those remaining plain; then * turn, slip 1, knit 9, repeat from * 36 times and then cast off. This strap may well be made shorter than is necessary, as it stretches a great deal when in use. Soft ribbon should be sewn to the end of it, then wound round the wrist and firmly tied. The ribbed rounds help to keep the shield in place; if they prove insufficient and the wearer can bear it, a band of elastic or of ribbon may be run in and out the holes just above the ribbing and serves to secure the stall from falling off."

We have included this item as entertaining reading alone. We do not advise that you actually use it!

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