I am making hedgehog mittens, which can be found here:
I am making the thumb. I dropped 12 stitches earlier in the mitten pattern for the thumb so I could come back to it. Now that I have started on the thumb portion, it says:
Attach the yarn to the V of the thumb leaving a loooong tail (you’ll
need it for eliminating any possible holes) and pick up 16 (or more if
needed) sts. Make sure that you pick the yarn so that it doesn’t
loosen the sts around if possible.
I don’t really understand what it’s asking me to do. Also, it says pick up 16 stitches. What does it mean to pick up stitches? Also, does that include the 12 stitches I already have? Thank you!