Perfect thumb gussets, we all want them.
I wanted better thumb gussets and so set out on a mission.
After knitting a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts and several pairs of socks, you can’t seem to avoid the hole that you get at the point where you connect the pieces back together.
I went searching for solutions.
I wanted to minimize the hole portion of the sock knitting. I figured it had to be possible. Where to look? Youtube of course!
I was also in search of a video on thumb gussets since I didn’t particularly like the one I did on the last pattern I knitted. After cruising youtube I came across a video by Suzanne Bryan. You can find the video on perfect thumb gussets here. It’s a nice long video where she takes you through the whole process of making a nice thumb gusset.
At one point in the video where she brings together the glove section back to the knitted thumb she picks up a stitch in between connecting the thumb to the glove. Then knits the two together. It made a much smaller hole. I like this technique.
This particular part happens at about the 16 minute mark of the video. The whole video is worth a watch.
So today while knitting these socks, I finished up the heel and as I came around to knit the whole tube of the sock together again, I got to thinking. Would it make a difference here if I applied the same principle as she did in the glove. I did not make a stitch since I usually decrease a few stitches as I knit the foot of the sock.
Instead as I came to the join, I knit to the last stitch of the heel and them moved it over to the next working needle and then I knit two together. I repeated the same thing on the other side where the heel joins with the sock again. It made a much much smaller hole. I was very happy with the results. I will be using this technique in all my sock knitting from now on.
If you didn’t want to lose stitches you could always knit two together and then increase 2 stitches to make up for the two you decreased.
Here is another great video on knitting a thumb with no holes by aknitica on youtube. You can find it here.
Whether you are looking for perfect thumb gussets or simply looking to minimize the holes in a project where things join you may want to consider incorporating this into your next project.