Knitting the thumb

Next row (ws): P11, turn and cast on 3 sts. Next row (rs): Beginning with a k row, work 12 rows in stocking stitch on these 14 sts only.

Shaping top of thumb

Next row: P all sts.

Break off yarn B, making sure you leave enough to sew the seam, and thread the yarn through remaining 5 sts. Pull up tight and fasten securely.

Finger section

With rs facing, rejoin yarn B at base of thumb. Pick up and k3 sts previously cast on at base of thumb, then k all sts on left needle (42 sts). Row 40 (ws): P all sts. Rows 41-51: Beginning with a k row, work 11 rows in stocking stitch, then break off yarn B. Row 52: Using yarn C, p all sts. Break off yarn C.

Beaded top section

Thread 65 beads onto yarn A and work in pattern as follows. Row 53 (rs): K2, (bi, k3) 4 times, bi, k to end.

Row 54 and all ws rows: P all sts. Row 55: (Ki, bi) 11 times, k to end.

Row 57: K4, (bi, k3) 4 times, bi, k to end. Row 59: (Ki, bi) 11 times, k to end. Row 61: K2, (bi, k3) 4 times, bi, k to end. Row 63: K2tog tbl, ki, (bi, ki) 8 times, k2tog, k2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (38 sts).

Row 65: K2tog tbl, ki, (bi, k3) 3 times, bi, ki, k2tog, k2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (34 sts).

Row 67: K2tog tbl, ki, (bi, ki) 6 times, k2tog, k2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (30 sts).

Row 69: K2tog tbl, ki, (bi, k3) twice, bi, ki, k2tog, k2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (26 sts).

Row 71: K2tog tbl, ki, (bi, ki) 4 times, k2tog, k2tog tbl, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (22 sts).

Row 72: Pu, turn right needle so that both rs are facing, and use a third needle to cast off both sets of sts together knitwise.

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