This is your occasional reminder to put set your thumb stitches aside on waste yarn (rather than a spare needle or a cable needle) if you have the choice.
Yes, that sometimes means finding scissors (to snip off a few inches of the yarn) or a darning needle (to run said yarn through the stitches). But especially if it’s the first mitt of the pair, doing it this way lets you try it on and make sure you’re happy with how long you’ve made the mitt before you start the thumbs.
I know I had a few pairs of mitts early on where the thumb started just a tiny bit too soon, so the mitt sort of chafed against the skin between my hand and my thumb every time I’d wear it. Which meant I swore at them every time I wore them…and as soon as I knit a few more pairs, I never reached for the too-small ones again.
So…be smarter than me. Try your mitt on to make sure you’re putting the thumb at the right spot, and do it with waste yarn (which will better conform to your hand and so give you a more accurate idea of the fit). Then wear your comfy mitts with glee!
Pattern next week…not long from now at all. Standard stuff applies, mailing list folks will get a heads up and a coupon code. And if you’ve already got the matching hat in your library (or if you buy them together when the mitts come out), you’ll be able to get the mitts for a discount!