I have a two-part question. I am still pretty new to knitting, and I am making pair of convertible mittens. The instructions for the increases for the thumb say to “m1.” I know that means to make one stitch using a backward loop, but if the pattern doesn’t specify, does that mean make one “away” or make one “toward”? Does it matter? Also, I have completed one mitten, and it looks pretty good, but there are small holes where I increased using the “m1” increase. Does that always happen, or did I do something wrong?
Thanks very much!