These mittens started out as socks meant to match my recent sock project. I planned on making tube socks (no heels), but as I counted how far the stripes were taking me, I knew socks wouldn’t really work out. My second plan was to turn them into mittens.
I used this pattern for inspiration. It’s written for a different weight, but I used the basic format. Instead of using waste yarn for the thumb and closing it up later, I cast on 4 stitches and increased into each stitch with kf&b’s for two rows to increase to 16. Then I knit to the length I wanted and joined with the body before the gusset decreases. I did that yesterday with the orange thumb shown above. The yarn was a bit thicker and seemed too long, so I did this: then this: and some unraveling, and some picking up. Please excuse the poor pics. This was a lunch time operation. I’m happy with the result.