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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Fingerless Fair Isle Fun

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Fingerless Fair Isle Fun
Fingerless Fair Isle Fun
Fingerless Fair Isle Fun

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of colorwork/stranded color
  • ability to read color-charts

Pattern Description:

I designed these fingerless mitts with a bit of colorwork for a workshop I recently taught about stranded colorwork. The pattern shows two different colorwork patterns (each using the SAME amount of yarn and yet the colors pop differently) as well as a blank graph for you to chart your own design.

The mitts are knit from the top down ... this way you can get the most "bang for your buck" when using up cashmere (or other luxury animal fiber) since the mitts will fit the hand and the cuff can be as long as you like.


9sts x 12 rnds = 1" in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one-size fits most adults (knit at a tighter gauge for smaller hands; go up a needle size or two for larger hands)


  • 160 yds of Spring Gate Farm's 2-py fingering weight lace Cashmere o60 yds MC (sample in grey) o25 yds each 4 CC (sample used blue (CC1), pink (CC2), yellow (CC3), and gold (CC4)
  • US #3 dpns (or circs for magic loop)
  • stitch markers to mark beg of rnd and thumb placement
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

Suggested yarn:

160 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farm's 100% Cashmere


Steel Gray (MC), blue (CC1), pink (cc2), yellow (cc3), and gold (cc4)