I am having fun creating these mittens: http://www.kategilbert.com/ms_gifted.html
(knit flat because I am afraid of DPNS ;-)!) , but I have yet to work out the bugs. My finishing technique can use some work, and I think I may be misinterpreting how to close the top. Here is the direction for the top part of the mitten (right before you seem up the side):
P6, P2tog, slip the last st back to the left needle, turn so needles are pointing in the same direction, with RS of work facing. Work a 3 needle BO, purling all stitches.
So here is the thing: when they say with RS of work facing, do they mean the right sides should be facing each other (you are folding the mitten in half)? I have had the RS out – WS facing each other. However, when I work the 3 needle BO, I end up with a very chunky chain on the outside of my mitten. I also can’t figure out how to do the 3 needle BO purling – it just doesn’t make sense to me. However, this is my first 3 needle BO, so it is generally awkward.