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Old 02-14-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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Thumb Gusset Gaps
Hello. I have knit about two mittens (a pair).
But I noticed that the base of the thumbs have gaps.
How can I knit the thumbs so the gaps do not occur?
The pattern basically has me make a few stitches (about two increases for two rows) for the thumb gusset.
I get the feeling it is the increases that are leading to the gaps at the bases of the thumbs.
Is there anything I can do?
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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What kind of increases are you doing? Some types of increases will create a small hole. You might want to have a look at the increases videos and see if there is one that will work better for you.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases
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Oh I didn't know there were more than one type of increase. I just did the M1R increase. Would M1R or M1L both end up with gaps?
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There are tons of ways to do just about every knitting technique. The other day someone posted about a type of cast on I'd never heard of.

Anyway, if you are following the videos for M1L and M1R, you shouldn't end up with a gap, but one thing you could try is knitting into the back of the stitch when you do your M1. This will twist the stitch and make it tighter. I usually do this when I'm doing a M1 on the purl side to avoid the gap.

You could try some of the other M1s too to see if they work better.

One other question--are you picking up stitches? If so, it might be that you need to pick up a few extra stitches. You can do this, you may just need to adjust the pattern a bit for the thumb.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:52 AM   #5
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I did M1R for the right side of the thumb and it closed the gap. I think I waas doing M1L on the right side which would explain the gap. I did M1L for the left but there still seems to be a few gaps. I guess I will try knitting into the back stitch for the M1L next time. Thanks!
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I used this thumb gusset for any mitten pattern that requires thumbs. It works for any thumb and it's one of the best I've found and I get very few holes. No cast on in the middle either! Any small gaps that might show up are easily fixed with the tail.

It's the pink mitts..
http://thegivingflower.de/?page_id=78
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I have reknitted the thumb gusset because of I had to fix a mistake from earlier. M1L works if you knit the opposite side. Thanks! I have no more gaps! At least they appear to be gone. I will check the pattern for the cable fingerless gloves soon. Any new good thumb gusset techniques might help with different textures and thickness of yarns. I am using worsted weight acrylic yarn because I don't make much money working.

Balling up: One problem with acrylic though since I don't want to post too many new topics, is that the mittens I make have worn out in a matter of days. My friend whom I made the mittens for showed me yesterday and they have balled up from friction because she wears them everyday. Would tweed be les prone to balling up? I was afraid tweed would not be that comfortable for the hands but I could put a lining.
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