Beat the cold with Jessica Biscoe’s super-soft colour block mittens
Whether your colour combo is aqua harmony, autumnal warmth or berry surprise, these simple colour-block mittens will see you through the coldest months. They’re ideal for touch-screen addicts!
Using Colombia, cast on 34 sts using long tail cast on. Distribute the stitches evenly over three double pointed needles. Place marker and, making sure the stitches aren’t twisted, join for working in the round. Round 1: *K1, p1. Rep from * to end. Cont working in k1, p1 rib for 17 more rounds. Cut Colombia, join Anemone. Next round: M1, k to end. 35 sts
Round 1: K17, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k17. 37 sts Round 2: K to end. Round 3: K to m, m1, k to m, m1, k to end. 39 sts Round 4: K to end. Rep rounds 3-4 six more times. 51 sts Knit 17 sts, sl17 of the thumb sts onto scrap yarn and rejoin in the round, knit to end.
Hand and flip top
Work 8 rounds in straight st st. Work 4 rounds of ribbing as set above. Using Colombia, pick up and knit 17 sts across the back of the hand using the horizontal bar between each ‘v’ stitch, then cast on 17 sts using cable cast on. Distribute onto double pointed needles and join for working in the round. Round 1: K17, (k1, p1) 8 times, k1. Rep round 1 three more times. Knit 10 rounds in straight st st then divide sts onto two double pointed needles, 17 sts on each. Round 1: (K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on needle, k2tog, k1) twice. Round 2: K to end. Rep these two rounds four more times. 18 sts. Cut yarn leaving a 30cm (11¾in) tail and use kitchener stitch to seam. (Turn to page 75 for a great kitchener stitch tutorial.)
Pick up 17 sts from scrap yarn onto double pointed needles. Join Anemone and knit to end. Pick up 1 st from hand, slip to left needle and k2tog. Knit 8 rounds straight. Next round: (K6, k2tog) twice, k1. Next round: K to end. Next round: (K5, k2tog) twice, k1. Next round: K to end. Next round: (K2tog) six times, k1. Cut yarn and drawstring the top closed with a yarn needle.
Work as Mitten 1, but pick up the flip top stitches on opposite side of the work.
To work a sewn button loop, thread a long length of Colombia onto a yarn needle. Insert it in and under a few stitches in the center of the flip top. Wrap the yarn around your little finger to create a small semi-circular loop. Repeat this two more times so the loop is reinforced. Then, with the needle coming from the left side of the loop, bring it through the middle from back to front, over the top and under the thread. Pull this loop tight and repeat all around. Sew a small button to the centerback of the ribbing where it meets the hand.
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Make the flip-top section by picking up and knitting stitches across the back of the hand
Choose a contrast button when finishing your mittens to add a creative fun touch