Simple Way to Prevent Holes in Gussets and Underarms

How to Prevent Holes in Sock and Mitten Gussets and in Underarms of Seamless Sweaters

One of the greatest things about knitting is the possibility to work different groups of stitches separately to shape our projects any way we want. We do it when we make a gusset on a sock or a mitten, when we split stitches at the underarms of a bottom-up seamless sweater or leave stitches of the sleeves on hold in a top-down raglan sweater. It also happens when we reserve stitches for a thumb in a European-style mitten.

The not-so-great thing is that when we bring those groups of stitches together to keep working on the project, we often end up with a hole in a spot where the stitches are joined.

How to Prevent Holes in Sock and Mitten Gussets and in Underarms of Seamless Sweaters

That hole appears because the edge stitches of one or both groups get loose. One of the ways to fix this issue is to redistribute the yarn. We discussed this method in this tutorial.

Another simple way to keep that hole from appearing is to cross stitches in the place of join. We can cross them to the right or to the left. Both ways are equally efficient in preventing the hole.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you both ways and you choose the one that feels more comfortable to you.

We used this simple trick twice during the Everyday Tee knit-along – when we crossed stitches before we separated the stitches of the front from the stitches of the back (it happened in the second part of the knit-along, and then again when we joined the stitches of the front and the back to work the neckline in the last part of the knit-along.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Simple Way to Prevent Holes in Gussets and Underarms | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Prevent Holes in Gussets and Underarms | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Prevent Holes in Gussets and Underarms | 10 rows a day