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How to knit (fingerless) mittensYou should be ready to make a gusset for thumb.

There was a time when I thought that knitting mittens with thumb gusset was too complicated. So I stuck to what I knew. Just an easy tube with hole in it.

I’ll be honest with you. These tube mittens are ugly – simple yes, but ugly. And they are not snug and comfortable as mittens with gusset are.

Don’t believe me? Try it. Put a mitten without gusset onto one hand and mitten with gusset onto other hand – and be real…

So, I decided to give it a try. But not because of the comfortable factor as I would like to say. My granny made me!

That doesn’t prevent me to be smart-ass with you 🙂 I don’t regret it. You don’t too.

There are 5 simple rules to remember and you’re a queen of gussets.
  1. Thumb gusset is always made on palm side of work. This means (knitting with 4 needles + 1 working needle) – left hand gusset will be knitted at the end of 4th needle and right hand gusset will be knitted at the beginning of 3rd needle. If you look at your hands (palms up) then it’s logical, isn’t it?
  2. Main goal is to increase a triangle in between stitches so it would be comfortable to move your thumb and you’re gonna make your increases right after 1st marker and right before 2nd marker.
  3. Working with thinner yarn:
    1. Left hand (4th needle) – knit to last 4 stitches, place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, place marker and knit last 2 stitches. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 3rd needle.
    2. Right hand (3rd needle) – knit 2, place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, place marker, knit to end. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 4th needle.
  4. Working with thicker yarn:
    1. Left hand (4th needle) – knit to last 2 stitches, place marker, increase 1, knit 1, increase 1, place marker and knit last stitch. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 3rd needle.
    2. Right hand (3rd needle) – knit 1, place marker, increase 1, knit 1, increase 1, place marker, knit to end. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 4th needle.
  5. Now, you have increased like stated – what next? You’re gonna put thumb stitches (between markers) on hold.
    1. Thinner yarn – knit to first marker, put all the stitches between markers on hold (on scrap yarn or on safety pin), cast on 2 stitches and knit last stitches.
    2. Thicker yarn – knit to first marker, put all the stitches between markers on hold (on scrap yarn or on safety pin), cast on 1 stitch and knit last stitch(es).

New Twists in Cables: Fingerless Mittens

Read through, think through and knit through. If you understand the concept then you have no trouble with it. Ever.

If you’re scared to try it on your real mittens then make a swatch. Cast on as many stitches as you have on one needle. Knit Stockinette for few rows and try to make a gusset.

You can do it.

As regards to the patterns:

Simple (fingerless) mittens

simple fingerless mittens

As instructed above. Nothing special. Increase round, knit round, increase round, knit round – until you have enough stitches.

If you get stuck, ask 🙂

 

Lacy pair and pair with cable (fingerless) mittens

Lacy fingerless gloves patternknit fingerless gloves with lace and cable patternHere comes the BUT… You are working with 3 needles. Easy.

You’re gonna make your gussets on 3rd needle (for left hand) and 2nd needle (for right hand). Everything else is the same. Don’t forget to work the pattern on 1st needle as before.

 

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