My first project on DPNs was a pair of fingerless mitts. When it came time to work the thumb, these were the pattern instructions:
Using smaller needles work k1, p1 rib across the stitches you put on a holder, beginning with a purl stitch
Then pick up 3sts at the top of the thumb (where you cast on 1 st after finishing the thumb gusset).
Place a marker for the beginning of the round.
Most of the instructions I’ve seen here are for either picking up stitches along an edge or at the beginning of a row or a round with a new length of yarn. How do you pick up stitches at the end of a round?
What I did was leave a longer tail when I started the round, and when I got to the 3 stitches I needed to pick up, I used that tail to do so. After the stitches were picked up, I had to do some moving of stitches from one DPN to the other, and it was confusing. Since the mitts were for my own use, I didn’t really care if they were “correct” or not, but I’d like to know the right way to do this if I come across it again.