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This lesson has just a tiny bit of stress because you will need to decide what sort of thumb shaping you want to use on your mittens. Don't worry! I walk you throught the pros and cons of each and then show you how to set up your choice of thumb opening.

You will be knitting the body of your mitten (with your chosen thumb design) up to the little valley where your thumb and hand meet. In the next lesson, I will show you how to set aside your thumb and continue on up your hand.

Pop on over to the Knittin' Mittens Knit-A-Long (KAL) and do some mitten knitting!

You can join this KAL at any time! We're having a grand time learning to knit nice, warm, comforting mittens.

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Comment by Evelyn M. Dugger on February 16, 2010 at 1:31pm
I haven't actually started the mittens because of the question mark in my mind about how to make the thumb. After seeing this tutorial, I am anxious to get started. I've never even made any mittens before. I have used the knit in back of the knit stitches on a sweater ribbing before. It is really nice. Thanks, Kelly, for doing the tutorials.
Comment by Jeanne Fangman on February 16, 2010 at 1:22pm
Well, the pattern I started uses an afterthough thumb but I love the way the appearance of the gusseted thumb. Looks like I will be making two pairs of mittens for this KAL. Once again, Kelley, love the videos.
Comment by Julie Nagelkirk on February 16, 2010 at 12:52pm
I want to try both so now have to start another pair! Wondering how many stitches to set aside for the afterthought once I get there. I like to use a piece of waste yarn to hold small things out of the way.
Comment by Tara Addesa on February 16, 2010 at 12:40pm
Awesome SerieS Kelley :) Loving it Fun fun Fun !!
Comment by cherylbwaters on February 16, 2010 at 11:59am
Absolutely great videos. I'm interested in the afterthought thumb. I saw how you picked up the afterthought thumb stitches with Angela, but how do you originally place those stitches on a holder? Thanks for all your great tutorials. ♥c

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