I am working on a tiny toddller mitten (free pattern here: http://siviaharding.com/Mittens.html ) and have just gotten to the thumb. I’m a bit confused.
Here are my instructions from this point (on the right mitten) [I have 28 sts on the needles at this point]:
K1, put next 5 sts on holder or thread, CO 5 using backwards loop CO, K around.
K 14 rounds
next round - SSK, K3, K2tog 4 times around. (20 sts)
next round - knit
next round - SSK, K1, K2tog 4 times around (12 sts)
next round - SSK, K1, 4 times around (8 sts)
Pull yarn through remaining sts, fasten.
Put 5 held sts on needle and knit across.
Pick up one stitch on each side and 6 sts from cast-on sts on top, giving you 13 picked up sts for thumb.
So here’s my confusion. I don’t understand where the “6 sts from cast-on sts on top” are going to come from. Maybe it will become clear when I get there, but for now I’m mystified. I’m assuming when I do the 5 backwards loop cast-on stitches (when I begin the thumb), I just knit those as a part of that round. So where will these new CO sts come from?
I’m sure I’m missing something really quite simple, but could someone please enlighten me?