Thumb of a Mitten - troubles
Hi, I am knitting a mitten from an older Red Heart pattern book. I am using two straight needles (FYI). It is a 'thumb in front' style of mitten I believe rather than the kinds of mittens where the thumb sticks out to the side.
So far I have knit the mitten from the cuff to the top and finished the top and side seams as directed in the pattern. Now its time to go back to the thumb. The pattern had left off with 12 stitches on a stitch holder. The pattern tells me this:
"with right side of work facing, and CA, knit across 12 sts from st holder"
(which I have DONE - now this is all the stitches for the thumb on my knitting needle).
next it says: "pick up and knit 2 sts along thumb cast on edge. 14 sts.
THIS IS WHERE I AM UNSURE OF HOW TO CONTINUE. The videos and tutorials I have looked at show how to "pick up and knit stitches" but they only show how to do that when you are done a piece and your needles no longer have live stitches on them. Mine do.
First of all - what is considered the 'cast on edge' of the thumb? and how do i pick up and knit these stitches with my needle if I already have stitches on it? Attached is a picture of what it looks like.
I am to continue for several rows in stockinette stitch starting with a purl row, which I know how to do - I just don't want to make a mistake before i start that part!
Any help would be IMMENSELY appreciated! Thanks!