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Don't Fence Me In

from Sunset Cat Designs by Stephannie Tallent
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Don't Fence Me In
Don't Fence Me In
Don't Fence Me In

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

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About the designer

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 ...

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