My First Fingerless Mitts

I’ve always wanted to try a fingerless mitts pattern, and the October contest in the Stash Knit Down group was to make mitts or mittens, so….PERFECT.

I used this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/recipe-of-the-month–align-mitts

And here are mine:

align-mitts_1

The trouble I had was with the m1R’s.  The pattern calls for a m1L, followed by a number of knit stitches, then a m1R – this creates the increases for the thumb.  But after all my m1R’s there is a gap – see below:

align-mitts_2

I’ve asked in Ravelry how to remedy this, and I’ve gotten back various responses.  Some said I’m pulling too tightly, some say I should try just doing a m1L there instead of a m1R.  Any other ideas?