Ok, I'm almost ready to take the next step...from scarves and simple ribbed hats to my first mittens...
I'm choosing this pattern for my first:
However, there's a lot of things I don't know how to do. Here are my questions:
1) Gauge: This is stranded knitting, this is what the pattern says: 24 stitches/28 rows= 4 inches in stranded colorwork pattern.
Now I know how to do this gauge to compensate for circular knitting...but do I have to use stranded knitting when making my gauge? that would just take forever..but is it the best way to be sure I have the right gauge? What do people do in this situation?
2) Gusset Question, from pattern "K3 in patt, place marker, m1, k1, m1,place marker, k to end of round in patt." When I m1, how do I account for the fact I am following a pattern, do I ignore it and just make an increase with whatever color I am currently using? The next round you must "Work sts between markers foll Chart B, incorporate new sts into patt." What does it mean to incorporate new sts in pattern?
3) "CO 5 sts over gap" I just know how to do a long tail cast on. What should I learn for this step? the knitting-on method? any other way?
4) "While working decreases to shape top of mitten, it will not be possible to maintain color pattern exactly. Try to maintain the vertical bands of color as much as possible." How exactly do I go about doing this?
5) for thumb: "Place held sts from thumb on needles.
Using MC, pick up and K 7 sts from CO above thumb gap, and from spaces between CO and held sts. 22 sts on needles." Am I picking up all these stitches with one single needle and then transfering them to 2 more needles and joining? can anyone further elaborate on how I go from a stitch holder to the usual 3 needle setup for knitting in the round? and when it says pick up and k7 it simply means insert the needle in 7 places and wrap yarn around and pull through? that counts as pick up and k? Or I have to pick up and then knit what I have picked up??
Sorry for the plethora of questions at once but once done I'll have unravelled some of the mystery behind mittens for me
Thanks for all your help!