Mar 3, 2015

Up and Down Mitts

Over the weekend, I had an image in my mind of convertible mittens.  You know, the kind that have little covers that can be flipped up over your fingers or down behind the back of your hand. I imagined them knit in a worsted weight, with a little bit of ribbing, and only a covered thumb.

There are times when I have ideas like this one, but I don't have the skills or patience to turn them into reality.  With this mitten idea, I just knew that I could figure out a way to transfer this image onto my needles.  I rummaged through my stash, cast on some Patons Classic Wool, and had at it.  I ribbed, increased, put the thumb on hold, finished the hand, and bound off.

I then took a break to think about how best to create the finger cover, had a cup of coffee, (and a cinnamon danish) and cast on again.  I know, the thumb is a bit too fat so I'll have to redo those numbers when I write this pattern out.

I first tried to pick up some stitches on the back of the hand and cast on a set of additional stitches but it all got a bit too fiddly so I thought some more and decided to knit the cover separately.

That worked beautifully but it took a few different attempts to attach it before I figured out the best way to add the cover.  I love how these mittens turned out, and I have a feeling that winter is not quite over so they'll come in handy for a little while yet. 

* Pattern to come so if you're interested, let me know!


  1. I would love to know when that pattern comes out. I have tried other convertible mittens and just have not liked how they come out. Yours look like what I imagined in my mind too.

  2. Solid job on transforming your vision into the tactile.

  3. they look awesome! I'm not a flip top fan, but yours are looking really good.

  4. You are AWESOME!! Love the mitts. Can't wait for the pattern.

  5. So neat! These will be perfect for the transitioning weather.

  6. I do hope you write out the pattern. Even with the slightly big thumb, they turned out beautifully!

  7. Hi Evelyn! I would LOVE to get your pattern for the Up-and-Down-Mitts! I see that you have a page on Ravelry, but I don't see your mitt pattern there for sale. Could you let us know when this pattern will be available? I love your site... and have put a link to your site on my blog:

    Thanks, Jo