Many years ago, I developed a knitting technique that I call the "5-in-1 Pickup" (or its variation the 3-in-1 Pickup) to eliminate the gaps often left behind when creating the thumb on a pair of mittens. While I tried to explain this as succinctly as I could in my patterns, I sometimes received requests for more explanation.
So I made this video.
Detailed written and pictorial instructions for this technique can be found in the Stitch Tutorial section of my website here:
Happy gap-free knitting!
A video knitting tutorial explaining my 5-in-1 Pickup technique for eliminating thumb gaps when picking up stitches.
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