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from Woolbox Design
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Clytia

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Knit and purl
  • Knitting small circumferences in the round
  • Stranded colorwork
  • Increase and decrease
  • Picking up stitches along an edge (thumb)

Pattern Description:

In Greek mythology Clytia was a water nymph. She was in love with Helios, the personification of the sun, but he didn't love her back. In her mourning over her lost love she sat naked on a rock, without any food and drink, staring at the sun all day long. After nine days she was transformed into a sunflower, a flower that is known for always turning in the direction of the sun.

Clytia mittens are a pair of traditional colorwork mittens with a ribbed cuff and thumb gusset for a comfortable fit. The main motif at the back of the hand is a large sunflower that will make your hands bloom in the winter cold.

The pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners. Specific required skills are listed below. Colorwork pattern is charted only. The pattern has been test knit and professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.


34 sts/38 rows = 4"/10 cm in stranded color pattern, after blocking.

To ensure accurate sizing and save time and frustration, check your gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Woman's medium
  • Hand circumference: 8"/20 cm
  • Length: 10"/25 cm


  • Approximately 170 yd/155 m in main color and 110 yd/100 m in contrasting color of fingering weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • US #1.5/2.5 mm double pointed needles, or the needles you need to knit to gauge.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for holding stitches

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rauma Gammelserie [100% wool; 175 yd/160 m per 50 g skein] or Rauma Finullgarn [100% wool; 191 yd/175 m per 50 g skein]