I’m making mittens and am now up to the palm shaping of it. I slipped off the extra stitches for the thumb and placed them on a stich holder. Now I’m supposed to continue knitting but I’m a bit confused b/c if I do continue with the same yarn, won’t that make a hole that’s too small for a thumb? I’ve pasted the pattern below and bolded the part that is confusing me. Any help would be GREAT!
Thanks in advance.
16 sts + 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) using larger needles.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
M1 (make 1)
Cuff Using smaller needles and leaving 10 inches tail, cast on 25 (29, 35, 41) sts.
Row 1 (WS) P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 2 K1, (p1, k1) across.
Rep Rows 1-2 for approximately 2 (2½, 3, 3 ½) inches , ending with RS row. Change to larger needles. Beg with a purl row, work 3 (5, 7, 9) St st rows.
Thumb Gusset: Row 1 (RS) K12 (14, 17, 20); pm; M1, k1, M1; pm; k12 (14, 17, 20).
Row 2 and all WS rows Purl.
Row 3 K to marker, slip marker, M1, k to last st before 2nd marker, M1, slip marker, k to end.
Rep Rows 2-3 until there are 9 (11, 13, 15) sts between markers. P33 (39, 47, 55) sts.
Palm (RS) K12 (14, 17, 20) sts; remove markers, place the 9 (11, 13, 15) sts on stitch holder or strand of yarn; k12 (14, 17, 20) - 24 (28, 34, 40) sts. Cont in St st until piece measures 5 (6, 9, 10) inches from beg. End on a WS row, placing a marker between two center sts.
Row 1 (RS) Ssk, k to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog; slip marker; ssk, k to within last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 2 Purl. Rep these 2 rows 1 (2, 3, 4) times - 16 (16, 18, 20) sts.
Next Row (all sizes) K2tog across. Next Row Purl. Break yarn, leaving a 10 inches tail. Using large-eyed, blunt needle and beg with last st on needle, pull tail through rem sts 2 times, pulling tightly.
Thumb Top With RS facing, return sts from holder to larger needle. Join yarn and k across. Next row P3 (4, 5, 6), p2tog, p4 (5, 6, 7). Work 2 (2, 4, 6) more rows in St st. Last row K2tog around. Cut yarn leaving a tail; thread tail into needle and back through rem 4 (5, 6, 7) sts as for Top, twice.
Finishing: Using tails, seam cuff, palm, and thumb. Darn opening beneath thumb. Darn in ends.