The Broughton mittens are a fun, challenging project featuring design details inspired by traditional Norwegian and Estonian mittens. Choose between traditional mittens and practical flip-tops.

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The Broughton mittens features simple but effective small repeating stitch patterns, combined with a bold geometric cuff pattern. They include some new, fun techniques like the Estonian Kihnu braids at the cuff, and feature an optional flip-top opening. Ysolda designed the flip-tops because she wanted to be able to quickly use her fingers without risking a mitten falling in a puddle!

For extra warmth, softness and a neat finish the mittens are lined with lambswool, which is used held double to add a pop of contrast on the cuffs. The thumbs and flip-top openings are worked using an afterthought method where stitches are held by knitting them with scrap yarn, which is removed afterwards to create an opening and live stitches — this is a really useful technique that you can use for sock heels and pockets, as well as thumbs.

Pattern formats

The pattern includes the following versions:
  • A5 booklet printed in full colour on high quality recycled paper, with download code for the pdf pattern
  • 3 column format pdf designed to be printed on A4 or letter paper

Skills for knitting this project

Optional Techniques



Outer (MC & C1): Double knitting DK wool yarn. Shown in Rauma 3tr. Strikkegarn (100% Norwegian wool, 118 yds / 108m, 1.76oz / 50g) Lining (C2): Heavy laceweight / light fingering wool yarn. Shown in Rauma Lamullgarn (100% Norwegian wool, 273 yds / 250m, 1.76oz / 50g)

Needles and notions

Needle A: Size US 4 / 3.5mm dpns or circulars for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd. Needle B: Size US 21/2 / 3mm dpns or circulars for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd. Change needle size as necessary to get gauge, and use a needle two sizes smaller than needle A for needle B


26 sts and 28 rnds = 4" / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern with larger needle


3 sizes available, choose a size approx 1.5” larger than the circumference of your hand above the thumb.
Finished circumference: 8¼[9¼, 9¾]“ / 21.5[23, 24.5] cm Finished length: 9[9½, 10]” / 22.5[23.5, 25] cm
Shown in size medium

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