How about like this?
I knit these all the way across, omitted the short rows and worked the thumb last.
You can see the increases for the mitten tip in the center.
I've also added 5 more stitches to make a cuff.
Here is how one looks ready to seam up on the sides. Can't really get away with no seaming, unless one did a 3 needle bind-off, but that's getting too complicated and I like to keep these simple.
Not sure if omitting the short rows is a good idea, so I am working up another pair with the short rows.
More on those tomorrow.
I'll be adding the new version to my sidebar as soon as I decide which one I prefer.