Knits Gifts 2018: North Star Flip-Top Mittens

When I’m reading through the galleries for our magazines, certain patterns always immediately jump out at me and become my favorites from the issue. Call it love at first sight! As I went through the Modern Scandinavian gallery in Interweave Knits Gifts 2018, the North Star Flip-Top Mittens practically jumped off the page and begged me to knit them. And I’m happy to oblige!

The first thing that struck me about these fantastic mittens is the super-cool design. These mittens are inspired by Art Deco-era sunburst mirrors, which I love, but the design is anything but old-fashioned—the slip-stitch stripes at the wrist and on the hand create a fresh, modern take on a vintage look. The muted color palette keeps things sophisticated, and the yarn, Trendsetter Yarn Pure Collection New York, is a super-soft 100% organic merino wool that is sturdy enough for everyday wear and will keep your hands toasty on even the coldest days.

The second thing that made me fall in love with these mittens is their practicality. The worst thing about mittens and gloves is that if you need your hands for something that requires dexterity—using your smartphone, pulling your metro card out of your wallet, digging around for your keys—you have to remove them. These darling mittens solve that problem with their clever flip-top design! When you need to use your fingers, flip the tops back and secure them to the little button at the wrist; when your task is complete, unbutton the tops and flip them back up. It’s brilliant!

If you (or someone on your gift list) need a super-stylish and practical set of mittens this year, knit up the North Star Flip-Top Mittens! Cast on now to have them ready in time for the cold mornings of fall.


Pattern Details

DESIGNER Shelby Goddard

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 6¾ (7¼)” hand circumference and 9½ (10¼)” long. Mittens shown measure 6¾” hand circumference.

YARN Trendsetter Yarns Pure Collection New York (100% organic merino wool; 180 yd [164 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #4 black melange (MC) and #2 grey melange (CC), 1 ball each.

NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; two 5/8″ shank buttons; sewing needle and thread; waste yarn in a contrasting color to CC.

GAUGE 24 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in St st.


Let the North Star Guide You to Your New Favorite Mittens!

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