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I live in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Despite holding a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, I took to knitting ...

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Flip-Top Mittens

from Nelkin Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Flip-Top Mittens
Flip-Top Mittens
Flip-Top Mittens
Flip-Top Mittens
Flip-Top Mittens

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, purl, work in the round

Pattern Description:

These mittens are the BOMB! In the winter of 2006 my then 6-year-old described to me EXACTLY what she needed in a mitten. It turns out that to do things right in the great outdoors she needed to have her fingers easily accessible, but she also needed to be able to cover them up whenever she got too cold. I was happy to oblige, and the flip-top mitten was born. These mittens are knit at a very dense gauge so that water and snow can't get through to your digits. Be careful! Everyone will be clamoring for a pair. The patterns is written for both fingering (sock) and worsted weight yarn, and is sized for the whole family (9 sizes).


Fingering Weight- 28 sts/40 rnds = 4" in st st
Worsted Weight- 22 sts/32 rnds = 4" in st st

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sizes 2-4 years (4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8 years/woman's small, woman's medium, woman's large/man's small, man's medium, man's large)
  • Finished Hand Circumference 51/2 (6, 61/2, 7, 71/2, 8, 81/2, 9) inches


  • Fingering Weight (Sock) Yarn 115 (150, 175, 200, 240, 280, 330, 360) yards One set of US size 2 dpn [2.75 mm] or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • OR
  • Worsted Weight Yarn 110 (140, 180, 200, 230, 270, 310, 350) yards One set of US size 4 dpn [3.5 mm] or size needed to obtain gauge.

You Will Also Need:

  • 3 st markers
  • Tapestry ndl
  • Scrap yarn or 2 st holders
  • US size D Crochet Hook
  • 2 buttons (approx 1/4")