Don't Fence Me In Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • cabling
  • reading charts
  • provisional cast on
  • twisted stitches

Pattern Description:

This elegant design started as an exercise in using travelling stitches as a way to divide the mitten into its different sections.
The cuff is the trickiest part; once you've completed it, the remainder of the mitt continues in pattern in a very logical fashion.

Pattern Notes

If you use a provisional CO technique that includes using an extra circular needle in place of the waste yarn you'll save yourself a step (putting those stitches on a circular needle) when you join the picot hem.

If you prefer not to do a provisional CO, you can always just sew the picot hem. I personally think it's easier and neater to use a provisional CO, but do what works for you!

The mitts differ only in the placement of the thumb gusset.

Note the special instructions for Round 16.


28 sts & 44 rounds = 4" in St st with larger needles.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Measures 8" long, 7" around palm. Fits up to 8" circumference around palm.


  • Approx 200 yds of heavy fingering weight to light sport weight for a pair of mitts. Sample shown in Bijou Spun Himalayan Trail, 75/25 Yak / Merino Blend, 200 yd/56gm, natural.
  • US 2/2.75 mm (or size to obtain gauge) & US 1.5/2.5mm (use needles one size smaller than large needles). Your choice of Magic Loop, 2 circulars or DPNs

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers, yarn needle, cable needle

About Designer

About Designer

StephCat on

Hi! I live in Hermosa Beach, California, with husband Dave, dog Rigel and Tonkinese cats Meggie and Cali.

I've been knitting on & off for the past 30+ years, and began publishing my knitting designs several years ago. My favorite techniques include cables, Bavarian twisted stitches and stranded knitting.

My first book, California Revival Knits, is now out from Cooperative Press.

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