Here is a photo of a pair of mittens that I have just completed. They are knit using 3.75 mm needles and the yarn is malabrigo merino (colour amoroso). I like the way they turned out except for where I picked up the stitches for the thumb. Any tricks to give a better result? The picked up stitches resulted in holes. I am going to darn this closed. I haven't knit mittens for many years. Any suggestions would be appreciated.