I do solemnly swear …

… this pair of mittens (Woodruff, my 29 August pair) contains the last afterthought thumb I will knit. Forever and ever, world without end, amen.

How’s that for a vow? I should explain. I see the point of the afterthought thumb. They’re easy. They don’t require any forethought (hence the name) or planning, except of course the several stitches that are provisionally knit as you pass by the spot where a thumb should go. You can even forego that little step should you desire. Further, you can mindlessly knit the tube of the mitten, even that of a complicated pattern like this without worrying over regular increases, held stitches and further cast-ons.

However, in my opinion the afterthought thumb is a bit lazy. And in some mittens it causes the fit to be more than a little uncomfortable.

I can do better than that. I have the technology and the know-how to knit a thumb gusset. I have the skills to add thumb gussets to mitten patterns that don’t have gussets written in. I know how to have forethought, how to plan, and damn it, the thumb gusset is worth the bother. Because if I’m going to bother with making a garment — even something as simple as a pair of mittens — I might as well make one that fits, and fits well.

To those of you who love the afterthought thumb? No offense intended. Carry on!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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One Response to I do solemnly swear …

  1. Pingback: Update on the knitting, aka the source of my sanity … or what’s left of it | Every Fibre of My Being

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