Help needed following pattern!!!
I'm trying to follow a pattern for mittens but I'm really stuck and I don't want to mess up what I have already done!
I have 57 stitches, and am now working the thumb. The pattern now reads:
Next Row K34, turn.
Cast on 2 sts, P15. Leaving rem sts on a holder and cont on these sts only.
Once I have shaped the thumb there should be 44 stitches remaining (which I should be able to knit straight) which make the part to cover the fingers, but I can't work out how to have 44 stitches left - every time I knit 34, turn, cast on 2 and purl 15 it is in the middle of the remaining stitches and it leaves me with the wrong amount.
Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong and how I should be doing this?!
Any help would be very much appreciated!