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by Arlene Williams

Photo at the end of the pattern.


GAUGE: 4 sts = 1 inch on larger needles

K1FBF      Knit into the front, back and front of same stitch
K1FB       Knit into the front and back of the same stitch

SIZE: Two sizes are given, one is for a lady's large, finished is 10 inches long, and 8 1/2 around palm. Smaller size in brackets is for a lady's small (sorry no finished measurements as I gave them away already).


With the 4.0 mm needles, cast on 40 (36) stitches. Being careful not to twist stitches, join the knitting and rib K1, P1 for 13 rows (about 2 1/2 inches).

Row 14: Continue in rib, decrease 5 (4) sts evenly around. 35 (32) sts.


Rows 1-4: Change to 4.5 mm needles and knit around.


Row 5: K14, K1FBF. Knit to end of row. 37 (34) sts

Row 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Knit.

Row 7: K14, K1FB, K1, K1FB. Knit to end of row. 39 (36) sts

Row 9: K14, K1FB, K3, K1FB, Knit to end of row. 41 (38) sts

Row 11: K14, K1FB, K5, K1FB, Knit to end of row. 43 (40) sts

Row 13: K14, K1FB, K7, K1FB, Knit to end of row. 45 (42) sts

Row 15: K14, slip next 12 stitches on to a thread or stitch holder, cast on 2 stitches. Knit to the end of the row.

Continue to knit around on the 35 (32) sts another 20 (14) rows or until desired length, roughly the tip of the baby finger.

Shaping for top

Row 1: K2tog, K5 (K6), repeat to the end of row. 30 (28) sts

Rows 2, 4, 6: Knit.

Row 3: K2tog, K4 (K5), repeat to the end of row. 25 (24) sts

Row 5: K2tog, K3 (K4), repeat to the end of row. 20 (20) sts

Row 7: K2tog, K2 (K3), repeat to the end of row. 15 (16) sts

For large size only

Row 8: K2tog, K1, repeat to the end of row. 10 sts

Row 9: K2tog to the end of row. 5 sts

For small size only

Row 8: K2tog to the end of row. 8 sts

Both sizes

Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail, thread thru the 5 (8) sts, pull tight, and secure. I run the thread thru the stitches a couple of times.


Row 1: Pick up and knit 5 (2) sts where you cast on the 2 sts for the hand, and knit to the end of row. 17 (14) sts

Row 2: Knit around, decreasing 3 (2) sts evenly. 14 (12) sts

Continue to knit around until the thumb is desired length (large 12 rows, small 8 rows). Measure the thumb for length, as you may need more rows.

Row 11: K2tog to the end of row. 7 (6) sts

Thread yarn through stitches and secure.

Weave in all your ends, and make a second mitten to match.


I used two colours for my mitts, and did some stripes, the thumb a different colour, a simple two colour intarsia around the palm.

This is a good way to design some fair isle style patterns.

Copyright Arlene Williams

This pattern was developed by Arlene Williams (quanah@look.ca). You may print out a copy for yourself, and make copies for your friends as long as no money is charged INCLUDING for the cost of reproduction or materials, and as long as this copyright notice is included. You may not reproduce this pattern for sale or put it on any internet site without my express permission.

This is the mitten I made, with a simple fair isle design. These mittens are VERY warm.


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