Arched thumb gusset for top-down mittens

This article is part of my no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn mittens pattern. For introduction and outline of this pattern see: Knitgrammer’s no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn mittens pattern.

The decreases are worked only on the other side of the thumb every round. The gusset follows the form of the “life line” of your hand.

Your mitten should now cover the top of your hand from the tip of your longest finger to the base of the thumb or equal the measurement A on the size chart.

Special techniques used

Backwards loop cast on method:

If you use the backwards loop cast on method you need to pick up and knit the stitches when you start making the thumb. There will be a a tiny seam inside the thumb.

See a video tutorial here.

Provisional cast on method:

For the provisional cast on method you need a piece of scrap yarn and a crochet hook. When you start to work the thumb you unravel the scrap yarn and you’ll have live stitches. The beginning of the thumb will be seamless.

See a video tutorial here.

On the images below the thumb on the left side is made with provisional cast on method and the thumb on the right side with backwards loop cast on method.

Right side
Wrong side

Abbreviations

BOR = beginning of round

CO = cast on

k = knit

k2tog = knit two stitches together

pm = place marker

sm = slip marker

ssk = Slip, slip, knit = slip 1 stitch knitwise, slip another stitch knitwise, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together

st/sts = stitch / stitches

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Pattern

The pattern is written for the magic loop method and it’s assumed that your stitches are divided evenly on two needles.

 sts on my needles.

Right hand

Round 1: k22, pm, CO (backwards loop or provisional cast on method) 16 sts, k to end

A total of 60 sts.

Decreases

Round 2: k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm, k to end

Repeat decreases every other round 15 more times. A total of 44 sts.

You can remove the gusset markers (leave the BOR). 

Left hand

Round 1: CO (backwards loop or provisional cast on method) 16 sts, pm, k to end

A total of 60 sts.

Decreases

Round 2: k to marker, sm, ssk, k to end

Repeat decreases every other round 15 more times. A total of 44 sts.

You can remove the second marker. 

Both hands

Continue working in the round until your thumb opening measures according to measurement B on the schematics or covers your whole hand from the tip of your longest finger to the beginning of the wrist and then go and make the cuff. After finishing the cuff come back to this pattern and make the thumb according to the instructions below.

Thumb

Pickup and knit 18 sts (16 sts from the CO edge and 2 sts from the body of the mitten).

Next round: k2tog, k to 2 sts from end, k2tog

A total of 16 sts.

Work until your thumb measures desired length and (k2tog) around. A total of 8 sts remaining.

Break yarn, leaving a 6″ tail to thread through remaining live sts. Pull tight to close top of thumb.

Work the other thumb the same way.

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