Trying out a pattern for something besides hats and scarves and I'm having a hard time understanding part of this pattern.... http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/mittenstwoneedle.htm
I'm stuck on this particular section for the hand section of the mitten:
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Follow S1, K1 pattern to and including first p st. Work in pattern across next 8 sts of thumb
. Turn. CO 1 st and p across - 9 sts. Turn. CO 1 st - 10 sts.
Work in pattern on these 10 sts to 2 rows less than required thumb length.
K2tog across row.
P2tog on next row.
What exactly do I do to get from 36st to 10? May be a very obvious thing, but just can't seem to get it :0)
Would greatly appreciate any help!!