this video is a demonstration on how to work a thumb gusset and this can be used for mittens gloves or fingerless mitts in this case we're making a fingerless mitt so we've knitted the cuff portion of our fingerless mint this is three inches here at Inchon ribbing and two inches of stockinette and we've worked around placing a marker three stitches in from the right edge here so this is where we're going to place our thumb gusset this will be the base right here and then it will grow up this is the reason for the thumb gusset you have your hand
and then your hand enlarges in this area here to accommodate the thumb so the thumb gusset will be right here so we're going to go ahead and get this start I have my stitches my work is on to 24 inch circular needles you can use magic looper depends it doesn't really matter the techniques are exactly the same so I'm going to enlarge this to two times so we can get a close-up of what's going on here we've got our three stitches here and the reason we start with three stitches is because we're going to be making increases on either side of the
thumb gusset to accommodate the increase the amount of fabric that we have so we're going to make an increase between these two stitches and between these two stitches we're going to be using make ones you can use whichever increases you would like but I'm going to demonstrate this using make ones they're my favorites for this purpose so we're going to knit the first stitch and then we're going to make our first make one and this is going to be a make 1 left we want it to lean away from the edge of the fabric so we're going to take our
left needle and go underneath that bar from front to back and then we're going to knit this through the back and what happens is we create a make 1 and you can see that the top cross of that twisted stitches point to the left it's a left make one then we're in a knit a stitch and then one stitch before the marker right here we're going to do a make 1 right and we go from behind to the front and then knit this through the front so we've just increased two stitches and we're going to knit this stitch now our thumb
gusset is 5 stitches wide right there then we're going to work two rounds and stockinette and I'm going to do that right now and then I'll join you back here in just a second and we'll do those increases one more time okay so now I have worked that one increase round plus two rounds of just plain stockinette and we're going to look at this we can go down this column this is the state column that we just created last time and there is that make one left and you can see that the top leg is slanting to the left then we go over here to the
first column in from that edge stick from the thumb gusset edge stitch come down here and we can see the other make one right here and you can see that the top stitch the top part of that leg is pointing to the right that's a right make one so at this point we're going to repeat it we're going to make a make one here after the first stitch of the round and before the last stitch before the marker so we're going to make one here and one here and then we'll do two plain rounds of knitting and then we'll repeat those three rounds until our thumb
gusset is the desired number of stitches in length so we're going to make those increases again now now you may notice that I'm a continental knitter but these are work the same whether you're a thrower or continental knitter to just watch the needle tips versus where the yarns coming from you'll be just fine so we did the first stitch then we're going to make a make 1 left we take the left needle and we dip down and pick that bar up from front to back and then we knit it through the back loop sometimes it can be a little tricky
to get that back there but you can get it that's a make 1 left you can see it points to the left then we're going to work until one stitch remains before the marker right here we're going to make a make 1 right so we dip down with the left needle and pick that up from the back to the front and we knit it through the fret and then we're going to knit to the end of the round and then two plain rounds and we're going to repeat this process until our thumb gusset has the necessary number of stitches and rows to complete our
fingerless mitt so I'll be back in a few minutes after I finished those increase rounds at this point I have worked several more increase rounds I now have 17 stitches on this portion of the needle instead of the three that I started with and we can take a close look at this and really look at how this gusset is formed here is our stitch marker and you can see that one stitch that's right inside of it which was we worked the increases right before that so that column of stitches comes up nice right there from the three we're started with the first one of the three goes up
here and makes this nice column then all of our increases are left-leaning increases are in here and our right-leaning increases are in here I'll point them out to you here's a right-leaning increase right-leaning increase right-leaning increase can you see them over here on this side we have our left here's one here's one here's one another way to identify them is you can just pick any column of stitches and come down that column to where it stops right there and that's where the left-leaning increase is let's pick this column we come down
this column it stops right there there's that left-leaning increase same over here on the right side so let's try this on and see how it fits see if our thumb gusset is long enough for us so I'm going to just slip my hand through here and I want the base of that thumb gusset to come right to the base of my thumb right here where the bone ends you can feel it right there that's where I want the base of that thumb gusset to come and then we're going to stretch the gusset around the base of the thumb and see if it's going to fit it's pretty
close in fact I think that looks like a fit because we're going to cast on a couple of extra stitches right here to replace those three we started with and that looks really good so for me 17 stitches is going to work good depending on you and your stitch gauge you're going to have to try it on just like I am and see if it's long enough and if the stitches will stretch around the base of the thumb from here to here the stitch marker and those look really good okay that's a fit so next is how do we finish off this thumb gusset so for this
portion this is where we're going to take these thumb gusset stitches off of this needle and we're going to put them on to waste yarn now when we're making a fingerless mad glove or mitten and your change of the fabric from thumb gusset to the main hand portion we're going to be casting on some extra stitches here for the hand and invariably when you come back and finish that thumb you end up with a hole right here where these stitches and these stitches change these become thumb these become hand and the same over here after
the stitch marker you're going to end up with a hole over here so have a little trick to try to increase the odds of not having a hole and the way that I do that is that strand that is going from this stitch on this needle over to this stitch here we can see this strand this strand right here I'm going to put it on the top astray needle like this as if it were stitch where it kind of looks like a yarn over but it goes on the tapestry needle like that so that the waste yarn is going to go under that bar and then I'm going to slip all of these stitches
that are the thumb gusset over on to my tapestry needle and the waste yarn when I get to the other end I'm going to lift that bar at the other end and also take the waste yarn under that bar then once we finish the hand portion and come back to this thumb I'll show you what I do with that to help close those holes so I'm going to take the stitch marker off and we're going to go under this bar we want it to be like this like it's a stitch and we're going to just pull the waste yarn through those stitches so now
we have our thumb gusset off the needle and if we lay our hand out like this you can see where the thumb is going to be isn't that beautiful I can turn it over and look at the other side there you go so I'm going to go ahead and finish the hand and then I'll be back here once I do that and I'll show you how to finish off though we have the thumb gusset done we have to turn our attention to the hand and the first thing we're going to do is cast on those three stitches that we removed into the thumb gusset when we started that process so here we're going
to cast on three stitches using the backward loop cast on I'm going to cast on one two three then I'm going to join back in the round and we're going to continue working the hand in the round with the thumb gussets on the waste yarn and I'm going to work the hand portion to the desired length and add my ribbing and bind it off and then I'll be back here to finish this thumb in just a few minutes we have finished our hand finish the ribbing with the tubular bind off here and everything fits really nicely we're really happy with how that thumb gusset
comes up around the thumb it's going to be just perfect so now we're going to finish off with that thumb and we had previously put those stitches on to waste yarn Plus that loop we're going to magnify this the loop before the stitches and the loop afterwards so we're going to pick these up and put them on our circular needle and we're going to be putting most of these on this needle and some of them on the second needle we'll rearrange the stitches once we get them all picked up so we're just sliding these on to the
knitting needle I'm going to put about half of these on here pull this needle through and look at the second needle and we'll pick up these over here Plus that loop at the end and here's the loop and then we're just going to slip that waste yarn out now we have those stitches that were being held on waste yarn back on two needles and we're ready to deal with this area right here where we picked up stitches for the hand so where are we going to pick up stitches we cast on three and you can see those three let's get that yarn out of the way they
were right here here in here we cast on one two three stitches across that gap when we look at it this way we can see yes there's three columns of stitches when we look at it this way we really have a half a column going over to this side a full column here a full column here and a half column going over here so we're going to be picking up four stitches across this area we're going to pick up in these two columns and we're going to pick up in this column and we're going to pick up in this column so we're going to pick up
one two three four stitches across here and we also have remember those loops on the needle already from these areas here so between picking up those loops and picking up the extra stitch on either side here we're going to help close that gap on either side so when we yarn and this needle over here so we've got that needle in our hand and the working yarn we're going to start by picking up stitches across that gap we've got our two columns there we're going to pick up the first one here one here we're picking up in the right
side of these and the fourth one right here so we've picked up four stitches now we'll go to the other end of this same needle and we've got that loop to deal with that we picked up from that bar so we want to twist that I'm just going to pull it around this way and twist it doesn't matter which way you twist it but we want it twisted see how that pulls that hold more closed and then we're going to knit it together with its neighbor as a knit two together then we're going to pull that up really tight we want this to be a very narrow
gap between those two areas then we're going to knit to the end of the needle and switch to the other needle and going to noon until two loops remain on this needle which is one is picked up stitch from the waste yarn and the other one is that bar that we had picked up with the tapestry needle here we come and we're just going to slip this stitch over here for right now we want to twist this one also I'm just twisting it put this and we want to reverse this stitch mount and work this as an SSK and then we're going to switch to the other
needle now we're still going to have this gap right here because our working yarn started right here and it's not bridging that gap but when we close this we'll be able to use this tail weave when we weave that in to really make sure that this gap is closed so this is where that gap is we're now moving over to this needle we'll be able to use the tail but let's try to make this as tight as we can across here pulling that tight between the needles and knitting across this needle here is the potential hole right here we want to make sure those
stitches are nice and tight across that area now the thumb isn't very long so you don't need to work very many rounds of stockinette stitch before you're going to start your ribbing let's look at this area we can tighten this remember we have the tail here and that's going to help us tighten that switch to the other needle knit to the end and then I'm going to knit two more rounds and we'll come back and take a look at this and see how those holes look and how the length of the thumb looks okay so I've
worked a couple more rounds and you can see the length of the thumb is good that this is about where I would want to start the ribbing because I don't want my thumb to be much longer than this where you bend it that's a convenient place I would start my ribbing now here on the inside this is where that potential hole is and that's pretty darn good closing it up that is an excellent hole closed right there and you can see it doesn't interfere with the stitch element over here on this side which is where we started by picking up the
stitches it's expected that that hole will be a little bit bigger because we have the looseness of this tail and it has not been woven in but when we tighten up this tail and weave it in it will close that gap as well so at this point I would start my knit one purl one Ruby and then do my bind off and then my fingerless mittens mitt is finished and this is our finished work with the thumb gusset I've woven in all the ends except for this one which was where we picked up the stitches to cross the divide between the thumb and the hand on the other side you can see that hole is
nicely closed but this one's still open so let's see how we can fix that by weaving in the end here's the area of concern you can see the hole on the other side is nicely compensated but we still have this hole and so what I do with this tale I'll get my tapestry needle and thread the working yarn onto it I use this same technique for closing the holes bridging the gap when you're doing a Raglan sleeve on a sweater you know how though you always have those holes where the Raglan joins this works for that too so we've got the hole we've got our working
yarn we can go around and catch let me increase this so you can see it we're going to go through and catch the working yarn the tail right under here and under here just going into those loops and we'll finish off by going over this loop with this started with and we're just going to pull on it it closes the hole just like that and it's invisible and then we're just going to weave this and in I'll show you how I weave in ends here too I just use it a method of duplicate stitch on the wrong side of the work and
it's invisible on the right side we just need to do it for a couple of stitches and there you have it term that in our hole is closed we'll trim the end and leave about a quarter of an inch and then let's turn it back to the outside and see what it looks like that's where the whole used to be it's now closed so try this on perfect perfect thumb gusset fits all comes all the way down to you at the base of my thumb it's a crest here if it's the thumb be sure to check out my tutorial I have a pattern tutorial on
Ravelry that you can purchase on creating this whole fingerless mint including the tubular bind off the tubular cast on and this thumb gusset and how to calculate and create a myth that fits your hand using your yarn in your stitch gauge happy knitting