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Cozy Mittens Knitted Flat

January 5, 2015

cozy-mittens

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.

mitten-laid-flat

mitten-knitted-flat

 

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.

one-cozy-mitten

 

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:

 

crocheting-around-mitten

 

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:

 

joining-thumb-with-crochet

 

now flip up the thumb on the left (above), 

 

crocheting-thumb

then fold over the thumb on the right to match the thumb on the left and continue to single crochet them together (above)

 

crocheting-cuff

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.

cozy-mittens-twoshot

Pattern: Cozy Mittens
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Worsted, held double, Doeskin Heather
Malabrigo Merino in Indigo
Needle:  US #8, circular, Addi Lace
Ravelry Page

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4 comments

  1. Well done!


  2. I made several pairs of these last year. They knitted up fast, used up left over yarn and everyone loved them!!!


  3. I am trying to knit these. I’m not understanding the ending on the rows with the “make 1 left” ….and is this after you do the purl slip. Can anyone help me?


  4. Valerie: The “Make 1 left” is on one side of your work and the slipped purl stitch is on the other. So in row 1 you will knit all the way across, slip the last stitch and then turn your work. Now, at the beginning of row 2, you will knit that stitch you just slipped from the other side then “make 1 left”. Does this help? I hope I read your question correctly!



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