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Acantha Pattern


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Knitting: Acantha
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men, Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • knitting in the round
  • ssk
  • k2tog
  • s2-k1-p2sso
  • left and right leaning twisted stitches
  • grafting (mittens only)

Pattern Description:

Acantha was a minor character in Greek mythology. In one version of the story, Acantha was a woman who refused Apollo's advances. In another version, Acantha was a man who returned Apollo's advances.

As in the story, these mitts can take on whatever character suits your desires. Worked from the cuff towards the fingers, this pattern can be used as wrist-warming cuffs, fingerless mitts, or full mittens.

Pattern published by Cooperative Press in Fresh Designs: Mittens & Gloves. Pattern published here with permission. Images copyright (c) 2012 Fractured Photography, and are used with permission.

Stitch pattern is both written and charted.

Yarn requirements
Cuffs: 50, 60, 75 [90, 100, 115] yards
Fingerless mitts: 75, 125, 150 [175, 250, 275] yards
Mittens: 100, 150, 200 [225, 325, 375] yards


30 sts and 46 rows to 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette stitch; 32 sts and 47 rows to 4 in in stitch pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 3.75, 5, 6.25 [7.5, 8.75, 10] in
  • 9.5, 12.5, 16 [19, 22, 25.5] cm


  • US 2 (2.75 mm) needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 3 stitch markers
  • smooth waste yarn of same or lighter weight in contrasting color
  • yarn needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Bugga! from Verdant Gryphon, Sanguine Gryphon, or Cephalapod Yarns


Dragon Millipede

About Designer

About Designer

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I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of my life when I don't have *something* on the go feel empty, and without form.

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