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Hermione's Flip-Top Mittens

[fandom knits]
Knitting
November 2012
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
210 - 290 yards (192 - 265 m)
Women's & Teen's small (6.25" wrist) and medium (7.5" wrist)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Mittens inspired jointly by the hat Hermione wears in the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Christy Aylesworth’s lovely beanie design, Hermione Hearts Ron.

These mittens have a simple but impressive lace pattern suitable for adventurous beginners and intermediate knitters alike. They can be knit with optional flip-tops, allowing wearers to have their fingers free with minimal effort, and are knit at a dense gauge to make durable, thick mittens that will keep you warm well into the fall months while still easily fitting inside your coat sleeves.

The cables of the lace pattern spiral into the thumb gusset and create a lovely little feminine design detail, while the mirrored eyelet and cable design creates symmetrical lace.

Size and Gauge:

These mittens are knit at 8 stitches per inch using sport weight yarn and are available to fit two wrist sizes with no ease: 6.25”, and 7.5”.

Yarn:

6.25”: 210 or 260 yards sport weight yarn (90 or 110g)
7.5”: 240 or 290 yards sport weight yarn (95 or 120g)

The lower yardage for each size is for a mitten with a regular-length cuff (2” to wrist). The higher yardage is for a mitten with a long cuff as written in the pattern (6” to wrist).

To make mittens with a shorter cuff, omit three of the four chart repeats before beginning the thumb gussets.

Any yarn that provides good stitch definition and has some stretch is recommended. The sample I knit for this pattern was in a superwash merino that has since been discontinued.

Construction:

These mittens are knit in the round and require knitters to knit, purl, increase, decrease, cable, yarn over, bind off, and pick up live stitches from waste yarn.

The flip-tops are constructed through a partial bind off in one row, and a cast on in the next. Stitches are then picked up after the mitten is completed and knit in short rows to protect the fingers from the gap formed.

This free pattern is provided for personal use only and remains the property of ampersand designs. The sale of items resulting from this pattern is prohibited without explicit consent in the form of a licensing agreement from the designer.

Finally, no copyright infringement is intended with this free design and all relevant characterisations belong to their respective owners.