#1: A cast-on of 45st, using Robin Hansen's Maine cast-on (I tried the tubular cast-on but couldn't get it to look good, I'm going to keep practicing) and did ribbing for just 6 rows.
which led to:
#2: K one row in the main color decreasing 3 stitches before switching to the chart. I did the chart over 40 stitches (it's a 10st repeat) with the first and last stitches kept in the contrast color. The thumb gusset increases were done between these 2 stitches. I haven't done the thumb itself yet, but I've put those stitches on a holder and continued up the hand as in the pattern.
Which led to:
#3: Since the yarn is heavier, it's working up too thick to use as fingerless mitts (for me anyway, a thinner yarn would've worked better). So I turned them into one-finger mittens (no, not that finger
Once I finish that, I'll go back and do the thumb in the 1x1 checkerboard pattern. The 1x1 checkerboard pattern coordinates well with the endpaper design - it's a continuation of the diagonals. Hmm, does that make 4 changes (the thumb being #4)?
The second mitt should go pretty quick since I've already figured out what I need to do.
See? Except for these few changes, I followed the pattern.