Posted by: Kate | February 15, 2009

Flip-Top Mittens, version 2.0

Last year, I made a pair of flip-top mittens, and lo, they were good. But, alpaca being alpaca (that is to say, lovely and soft and warm… but not prone to bouncing back into shape), they had, over the course of two New Hampshire winters, stretched out and snagged in spots. I could – and still might – repeat the same pattern, but decided this time to make a new outer layer, from Dream in Color Classy yarn gifted to me last year by the lovely and generous Heather.

I wrote out the pattern again, and am offering it here for free. At some point, I may start selling patterns, but I want a little more practice, a little more certainty that I’m writing them clearly and with enough detail. (There’s a .pdf file attached to this post, and it’s on Ravelry, for easier printing.)

So, without further ado… and with warm hands…


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Two layers of wintery warmth… fingerless gloves for manual dexterity, and an outer woolen mitten, with a slit to flip open and close again as needed.

Skill Level
Intermediate (directions call for knitting in the round with both DPN’s and a long circular needle)

Materials
Approximately 250 yards of Alpaca with a Twist Fino
Approximately 200 yards of Dream in Color Classy
US size 0 (2.0 mm) double-pointed needles, set of 5
Stitch markers
3 stitch holders
US size 5 (3.25 mm) 32″ circular needle
Cable needle
Small amount of scrap yarn for provisional cast-on
Darning needle
Four 3/4″ buttons and a sufficiently small needle to attach them
Scraps of ribbon or soft fabric for button backing

Gauge
Fino: Held double: 7 sts and 10 rows per inch on US size 0 DPNs, st st in the round.
Classy: 5 sts and 8 rows per inch on US size 5 circular needle, rev st st in the round.

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Liners
Right Hand
CO 48 sts on smaller needles, with yarn held double. Distribute evenly on 4 DPNs.
Work in k2p2 ribbing for 3″.
Switch to St st, k around 2 rows. (Needles 1 & 2: back of the hand, Needles 3 and 4: palm.)
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k 3, pm, k across; Needle 4: k across

Thumb Gusset
Round 1: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k1, m1, k to 1 before m, m1, k across; Needle 4: k across
Round 2: k around all needles
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 72 sts total (12 each on Needles 1, 2 and 4, 36 on Needle 3).
If necessary, k around even until glove is desired length to base of thumb.
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k10, place 16 sts on holder, k 10; Needle 4: k across. (56 sts remain)
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k 9, k2tog, ssk, k to end; Needle 4: k across (54 sts remain)
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 as above three times, until there are 60 sts on all needles. Remove marker.
K around evenly until there is ½”-¾” above sts on holder.

Pinky
K 7 sts, place next 23 sts on holder. Place next 23 sts on second holder. Arrange remaining active 14 sts on 3 DPNs, and k around for 1″.
BO loosely. (Personal favorite: k2, slip both sts back to L needle, k2tog through back loop (TBL). *K1, slip both sts from R needle back to L needle, k2tog TBL. Rep from * around.)

Pick up and knit 46 sts from holders. K even for 2 rounds (~1/4″).

Ring Finger
K 7 sts, place next 16 sts on holder. Place next 16 sts on second holder. Arrange remaining active sts on 3 DPNS, plus pick up and k 1 st from base of pinky finger – 15 sts total.
K around for 1″. BO loosely.

Middle Finger
Pick up and k the first 8 sts from first holder and the 8 sts closest to ring finger from second holder – 8 sts remain on each holder. Arrange active 16 sts on 3 DPNs, plus pick up and k 2 sts from base of ring finger – 18 sts total.
K even for 1″. BO loosely.

Index Finger
Pick up and k the remaining sts from holders, plus pick up and k 2 sts from base of middle finger – 18 sts total.
K even for 1″. BO loosely.

Thumb
Pick up and k 16 sts from holder, plus 4 from loose area at base – 20 sts total.
K even for 2 1/2″ or length of thumb.
Dec rnd: K2tog around. Cut yarn with 10″ tail, thread through 10 remaining sts and pull tight. Thread end to inside of thumb.

Left Hand
CO 48 sts on smaller needles, with yarn held double. Distribute evenly on 4 DPNs with fifth needle for active yarn. Join and place marker.
Work in k2p2 ribbing for 3″.
Switch to St st, k around 2 rows. (Needles 1 & 2 will be the back of the hand, Needles 3 and 4 will be the palm.)
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k across; Needle 4: k to 3 before end, pm, k 3

Thumb Gusset
Round 1: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k across; Needle 4: k to m, sl m, m1, k to 1 before end, m1, k 1
Round 2: k around all needles
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 72 sts on all 4 needles (12 each on Needles 1, 2 and 3, 36 on Needle 4).
If necessary, k around even until glove is desired length to base of thumb.
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k across; Needle 4: k10, place 16 sts on holder, k 10
Next Round: Needles 1 & 2: k across; Needle 3: k across; Needle 4: k 9, k2tog, ssk, k to end
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 as above three times, until there are 60 sts on all needles. Remove marker.
K around evenly until 1/2 – 3/4″ above sts on holder.
Remainder of Left Hand is the same as Right Hand.

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Mittens
With Classy, CO 36 st on circular needle, join.
Work (k2, p4) rib for 2 ½”.

Buttonholes
Round 1: k2, p4, k2, p2tog, yo, p2, k2, p4. Repeat for back needle.
Round 2: k2, p4, k2, p1, pfb into next st, p1, k2, p4. Repeat for back needle.

Increase round
Needle 1: m1, (k2, p4) 3 times, k2 from back needle onto front needle, m1.
Needle 2: p3, m1 pwise, (p2, m1 pwise) five times, p3. 44 sts total.

flip-top version 2 cable chart

Thumb Gusset
Needle 1: Follow cable chart. Needle 2: Reverse st st.

Right Hand: Round 1: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: p to 3 from end, pm, pfb twice, pm, p1.
Left Hand: Round 1: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: p1, pm, pfb twice, pm, p to end.
Round 2: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: p to m, sl m, pfb, p to 1 before m, pfb, sl m, p to end.
Rounds 3, 4, 5: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: rev st st.

Repeat Rounds 2-5 four times. 54 sts total, 22 on Needle 1 and 32 on Needle 2.

Continue as established until 5 ½” from cast on edge.
Work as established to m. Remove m, p1, place center 10 sts on holder, p1, remove m, p to end (44 sts remain, 22 per needle).
Work as established for 1”.

Mitten Slits
Rounds 1-3: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: change to seed stitch (k1 p1 across, next row p all k sts and k all p sts).
Round 4: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: p1, k1, p1, BO 16, k1, p1, k1.
Round 5: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: k1, p1, k1, provisional CO 16 sts, p1, k1, p1.
Rounds 6-8: Needle 1: cable chart; Needle 2: seed stitch.

Continue as established for 3 ½” past slit. End on Row 22 of cable chart. (If necessary, continue in k2 p4 rib on Needle 1 instead of starting a partial cable.)

Top Decrease
Round 1: Needle 1: p1, (k2, p2tog, p2) 3 times, k2, p1. Needle 2: p3, (p2tog, p4) 3 times, p1.
Round 2 and all even rows: Work even (k all knits, p all purls).
Round 3: Needle 1: p1, (k2, p2tog, p1) 3 times, k2, p1. Needle 2: p3, (p2tog, p3) 3 times, p1.
Round 5: Needle 1: p1, (k2, p2tog) 3 times, k2, p1. Needle 2: p3, (p2tog, p2) 3 times, p1.
Round 7: Needle 1: (p1, ssk) 2 times, (p1, k2tog) twice, p1. Needle 2: (p1, p2tog) 4 times, p1.
Round 9: Needle 1: (p1, p2tog) 3 times. Needle 2: (p1, p2tog) 3 times. 12 stitches remain.
Round 10: p around.
Close with kitchener stitch.

Thumb
Place 10 sts from holder onto needles (DPNs or cable, your choice).
Pick up and p two sts from loose area at base.
Work even in rev st st for 2-2 ½” (check your thumb).
Decrease round: p2tog around.
Work 1 row even.
Cut yarn with 12” tail. Thread onto darning needle, run through live sts and pull tight.

Finishing

Remove waste yarn from mitten slits and return sts to needle. Work 3 rows in seed stitch. BO.

Sew buttons on liners even with buttonholes on mittens. Sew small square of ribbon or soft fabric to inside of mitten, to provide some stability to buttons.

Weave in ends. Insert liners into mittens and button in place. Wear happily.

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Responses

  1. So can we place our orders now, or would later be better? 😉

  2. Ooooh..I like! Glad you found a good use for the DIC. I’m definitely putting those on my to-be-knit list. So pretty!

  3. So cute and nicely written up. On to the needles!

  4. That is very important section. Thanks.

  5. I found this pattern on Ravelry and really like it. I just have a question about the buttonhole rounds. At the end of round 1, there are still 18 stitches on each needle for a total of 36 stitches. I think I’ve misunderstood something in round 2 though, because I end up with an unused stitch. Have I read the pattern incorrectly? Do you mind clarifying for me? Thank you so much!

    • Teresa,

      The ‘K2tog’ should compensate for the ‘yo’ in the 1st button hole row. It appears that in the 2nd row for the button hole was decreased instead of maintaining the same stitch count. In a typical ‘yo’ button hole, you work the second row in pattern as previously indicated, so that is what I am going to try. I am not sure why we would need to pfb of the one stitch in the 2nd row, so I am leaving out and continuing with my (k2, p4) ribbing. Hope it works! 🙂


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