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Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts
Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts
Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts
Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts
Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts
Birnam Gloves and Fingerless Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should have some glove knitting experience, and experience in knitting fingering weight yarn in more complex stitch patterns, so that you feel confident to combine these techniques.

Pattern Description:

Two years ago I spent a wonderful autumn holiday in the woods of Birnam (Scotland). The vivid yellow of this yarn brought back a whole load of exciting and colourful memories connected with that holiday. I chose stitch patterns that resemble a thicket of empty branches, with some autumn coloured leaves still hanging in there - just the way I remember the autumn woods!

This design comes in two versions (gloves or fingerless mittens) and features leaf, cable and slip stitch patterns. It has an asymmetrical thumb gusset, which allows the stitch pattern to stretch over the whole back of the hand without interruption. On the palm side the slipped stitches are smaller, and the fingers have no slipped stitches on their inside at all. This way there will be no risk of long slipped stitches catching on anything you handle whilst wearing the gloves.

For the smaller size fingerless version you would need only a small amount of the second skein of Regia yarn. If you have a yarn with a longer yardage and/or your hands are not very long, you might be able to do the pair with one skein.

This pattern provides detailed written instructions (14 pages), and includes a photo tutorial for cabling without cable needle.


30sts, 42 rows = 10x10cm /4x4" in St st
38sts, 48 rows = 10x10cm/4x4" in Pattern C

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Women's S/M and Women's M/L with a best fit for 18.5cm (7 1/4") or 19.5cm (7 5/8") above thumb on dominant hand respectively


  • 100g (420m/460 yards) of solid colour, fingering weight yarn such as Regia 4-ply in yellow #2041
  • 2.5mm (US size 1 1/2) set of five dpn's (or any other needles that knit to the right tension, and can be used for circular knitting)
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Optional: 1 cable needle
  • Optional for gloves version: 2.25mm (US size 1) set of five dpn's (or 0.25mm smaller than whichever needle size you use as main needle) - for a more tapered shape of fingers
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I just love knitting gloves: once you get to the fingers there are so few stitches per round, that another finger is finished in what seems no time at all - giving you a constant sense of ...

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