… 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!