This has to be the craziest pattern for mittens I’ve ever seen – and the easiest. Mittens are almost always knitted in the round, on circular needles or DPNs, but these are knitted flat – and not a mirror image flat, like you would think and then just folded together. When I first saw these, I couldn’t figure out how they were seamed up, so when I knitted them I took photos to show you how to fold them.
The pattern calls for these mittens to be knitted with worsted weight yarn. When I did a mitten the first time, they were way too thin and way too small. So I experimented and knitted another mitten with the same worsted weight yarn, only held double and they were perfect! As I was knitting the piece, it looked huge, but after it was seamed together, it was just right. It makes a double thick, warm mitten this way and the cuff comes up a full 3.5 inches on my wrist. They’re a nice size.
After you knit the flat piece, the mittens are folded up by seaming them together with a crochet hook, contrasting yarn and using single crochet. This was simple as could be – but a couple of tips for you: the pattern says to do it in two intervals, by crocheting across the top and down to the thumb and then cutting the yarn and then crocheting up the rest. I did mine in one pass – I started at the top and crocheted all the way to the bottom and then went around the cuff. Also, the single crochet looks better on one side than the other – so be sure to begin it with the top of the mitten facing you. You can see the sequence in these photos:
Fold the mitten together, aligning the top halves. Crochet the two halves together along the top. After you crochet down to the the thumb crotch (above), turn the whole piece over:
now flip up the thumb on the left (above),
then fold over the thumb on the right to match the thumb on the left and continue to single crochet them together (above)
crochet down the thumb, the lower side seam and then just continue right around the cuff.
I hope these photos help you if you want to knit these. These mittens knit up incredibly fast! I loved this pattern.