I'm knitting a miniature mitten in the round (for a tea cosy). I start the mitten with Judy's Magic cast on, and it goes well until I get to the thumb, where the pattern calls for:

previous row = 12 stitches

"CO 3 sts, cast off/bind off 3 sts, knit to end of rnd." (CO meaning cast on)

The next line tells me to keep on knitting and do a two stitch decrease

According to the picture this should give me a little bump of a thumb, but all I'm getting is 3 big holes and no thumb at all. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you for reading!

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    Can you post the picture you're looking at, and maybe a picture of your result?
    – fixer1234
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 6:22

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I tried the instructions from your pattern as written, and it gave me a single hole with a string running across it. That string would be a problem in a real mitten, but it might be okay for a decorative one. Presumably the pattern will have you pick up stitches around the edge of the hole and knit a thumb. I have no idea how you're getting 3 holes. Please add a photo of that, and maybe we can give you some more customized troubleshooting.

A normal way to make a thumb opening is to bind off stitches on one round. On the next round, cast on an equal number of stitches. So for your pattern, it would go like this:

  • Thumb round 1: Bind off 3 sts, knit to end of round
  • Thumb round 2: Cast on 3 sts, knit to end of round

After the main part of the mitten is done, you would pick up 6 or 7 sts around the edge of the thumb hole, knit several rounds to make a tube, then decrease with one round of all k2tog, then break yarn and draw it through the hole.

  • Thank you csk!! kindest regards to you
    – Emily
    Commented Nov 19, 2020 at 2:28

The author of the pattern was kind enough to write me back and I learned two things:

  1. The cast-on had to be done as a cable cast-on
  2. I was making the mistake of casting on 3 stitches and then casting off the subsequent 3 stitches (and turning my work in the process), when I actually just needed to cast them on and then immediately cast those same stitches off

Thanks all who were in interested in this question and offered to help, much appreciated!


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