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Basic Mitten Technique for you! — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Ray – My only comment is a quibble. The thumb gusset does not extend across the heel of the palm. It is the wedge from which the thumb emerges. The red vertical line that separates the thumb and hand should be extended. That wedge that forms is the gusset.

    I do really like the way you’ve knit the mitten in different colors to indicate the different parts. Good work.


    • yes, true enough the thumb gusset, proper, is at the thumb. I did it as I did because the thumb gusset section is knitted round and round. It would have made me crazy putting just the gusset itself in a different color, even though that would have been more correct.

      • Absolutely! I’ve been thinking and even with EZ’s thumb trick it would be crazy making. Maybe just extend the line down in in the hand graphic and add an arrow pointing to the wedge.


  2. Thank you very much for the detailed info! No holes at thumb gusset is a problem I’VE had trouble with for a while now.
    I do have a problem that never gets addressed. My hand is very square, thumb goes out horizontally. Store bought gloves always rip at thumb gusset. I’m thinking 4st. to start instead of 2 might help. do u have any other advice on this quandary?

    • Hi there!

      Thank you for downloading and reviewing my instructions.

      Each hand is, of course, slightly different, so I would recommend trying your method — putting four stitches out to the side to start the thumb gusset. This would mean doing an e-wrap cast on of four new stitches for the palm, and possibly picking up those 2 ‘extra’ stitches (marked “B” on the pictures), but that would give you more than 20 stitches around the thumb. But that’s okay — if your particular thumb requires extra room at the joint, you can start with a few extra where it separates from the palm and then gradually descrease those stitches out on the inner edge of the thumb, forming a sort of extra gusset into that space.

      Also, because you have a specific problem, I would recommend using my method to proceed only until you have “fingerless mittens” — knit up the palm until just before your fingers start, and use a little ribbed bind-off, or just slip all stitches to waste yarn for temporary, and then knit half a thumb, just enough to test your theory. Take time to explore all the different areas where YOUR thumb grows and then try a combination of different increases. Like, in my instructions, the thumb gusset increases occur on every third round — trying making more frequent increases (every 2nd round) so there is a greater angle outward. If you kept on in pattern until the gusset is deep enough, as well as wide enough, you may end up with many more stitches than you need for going around the thumb later on.

      As long as you have a hand, with a thumb that sticks out to the side, it’s just a matter of figuring out your specific needs and angles. But once you have the Basic Anatomical Mitten construction, you are able unlock the adjustments that you need for Lucy’s Anatomical Mitten – figuring out where and how to increase and decrease.

      Another thought just now occurs to me — you may find it helpful to insert a few short rows where the thumb grows after the gusset, on the side facing the palm. This is another way to ‘force’ the thumb into a more horizontal direction and allow for enough fabric to bend and flex without making holes.

      Let me think on this and see if I can illustrate what I’m thinking off for the short row gusset extention.