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by Ysolda April 07, 2020 3 min read

In our last post on Broughton I showed how to add the scrap yarn for the afterthought flip-top openings. In this post we'll remove the scrap yarn, return the held stitches to the needles and finish both edges of the opening.

To remove the scrap yarn you can either run a needle through the stitches on either side of the scrap yarn, before removing it; or unpick each row of scrap yarn one stitch at a time, placing the resulting live stitch onto the needle. 

On the side closer to cuff the stitches are the right way up and it's easy to run a needle through one leg of each stitch.

On the side of the opening closer to the mitten tip your stitches will be upside down, which means some of the stitches will be half one colour and half the other.

With the scrap yarn towards you run the needle through the right leg of each stitch, even when those stitches are two colours.

Using a needle tip or darning needle to pull it loose unravel the scrap yarn. On the mitten tip side you'll have some stitches and some that look more like large yarn overs. Don't worry, it will work out when you knit into them!

Finishing the inner edge

With the cuff towards you join the yarn at the right edge of the opening and knit across the live stitches closer to the cuff. Leave the stitches on the other side hanging out on a spare needle or slip them to a stitch holder.

Turn the work and bind off purlwise.

Finishing the outer edge

With the mitten tip towards you join the yarn at the right edge of the opening and knit across the remaining live stitches.

For the stitches that are more like yarn overs insert the needle into the leading leg of the loop,

Wrap the yarn and pull it through.

Drop the loop off the left needle like a stitch, making sure that it's behind the stitches.

 Turn the work and work (p1, k1) back across, turn.

Joining the edging to the mitten

Before beginning the next row insert the left needle through right leg of C1 stitch closest to the MC side stitch, in the row immediately below the other side of the opening

and knit this loop together with the first stitch of the edging.

Work in ribbing until 1 stitch remains.

Slip the last stitch knitwise to the right needle.

insert right needle tip through the left leg of the C1 stitch closest to the MC side stitch in the same row as before and knit this loop tog with the slipped st as for an ssk. (Apologies for the blurry photo, I'm working at home without my usual set up!)

Rep last 2 rows, picking up stitches from 2 rows above the row they were picked up from on the previous row. Then work a final wrong side row in ribbing

On the bind off row join the edging to the mitten in the same way as you did on the previous right side rows.

The completed overlapping edgings:

The inner edge of the opening might curl a bit, but once you've knit the linings you'll sew the edge to the lining. You can see the ribbing on the lining peeking out in this photo:

Read all colourwork club blog posts. The next post in this series will cover removing the scrap yarn, finishing the flip-tops and adding the linings.

If you're not a member of the Colourwork Club all three patterns can be purchased together here. 



Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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