Cactus mittenettes

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Cactus mittenettes Pattern


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Knitting: Cactus mittenettes
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

little skill level requirement Novice

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You need to be able to knit and purl.
  • You'll also need to work a few rounds with double pointed needles for the thumbs, but that's a good occasion to learn if you've never tried it before :-)

Pattern Description:

I love fingerless mittens.. but hate to work with double pointed needles !

So I devised this little pattern for quick mitts worked FLAT on straight needles, with only a couple rounds (worked in 5 minutes!) worked on dpns for the thumbs.

The alternating ribs create a fun "Cactus" motif, which is especially suitable for the first light-green version. Those ribs also help keeping the mitts nice and snug around your hands.

Those are super fun and quick to make. And because I wrote the instructions for TWO WEIGHTS of yarn, it's a fabulous stash-busting option, with only 85m/95 yds of yarn needed !

It's also the perfect pattern to use with HANDSPUN yarn, since you can choose the instructions that will fit best your yarn.

This pattern gives instructions for 2 yarn weights (worsted or aran weight): either with Colonia 140 (gauge 15.5 st / 23 rows) OR with Malabrigo worsted (18st /26 rows)

The mittenettes are knit FLAT (except 8 thumb-rows worked on dpns) and seamed at the end: If like me you don't like double pointed needles you are going to LOVE this pattern !!

Permission to sell your finished items. :-)


Gauge depends on yarn weight chosen:
with Colonia 140, gauge is 15.5 st / 23 rows

OR with Malabrigo worsted:18st /26 rows

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One size fits most women's hands.


  • You'll have to choose between 2 yarn weight options:
  • Colonia 140 by , 1 skein in aqua verde, OR Merino Worsted by Malabrigo , 1 hank in Calypso.
  • 5mm (US8) straight needles + 1 set 5 mm (US8) double pointed needles (you'll only need 4).

You Will Also Need:

  • A darning needle to close the side seam of your mitts at the end.
  • A stitch-holder to hold the live stitches for the thumbs (or a length of scrap yarn will work very well too)

About Designer

About Designer

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by SylvChezPlum
Grenoble, Vercors, France
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Bonjour! I'm Sylvie Damey, french designer living in the french Alps. I learned to knit as a child. In 2004, the birth of my first daughter was the occasion for me to start publishing my own designs, learn to crochet, spin yarn...and even sew again. And, that's how ChezPlum started. My patterns have also been published in and the book "1000 hats" by Annie Modesitt.

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