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I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the ...

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from Katherine Vaughan Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Gnomitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Basic increases and decreases

Pattern Description:

Many years ago my then elementary school-age daughter and I were on vacation in Maine. We stopped (as knitters do) in a tiny, now closed, yarn shop in Biddeford. It was full of lots of mass-market yarns, but what I really wanted was something specialsomething Mainer. I found this skein of loosely spun 2-ply that reads as purple but is really a wonderful heathery mix of blues, reds, and even some green.

My daughter wanted mittens. Mittens with holes for her fingers but notand this was importantflaps. So I started right away to design a pair of top-down mittens with a buttonhole-like gap. They were a disaster.

I put the yarn away for years, not wanting to admit my failure. And then, after an interstate move and uncounted family changes, I went back to them. This version still has the peekaboo space for the fingers, but is otherwise completely different: bottom-up, with a gradated thumb gusset, ribbed finger opening, and a very pointy top and thumb.

They reminded her of gnome hats, and so we named them GnoMitts. They're a nice blend of fun and funkyjust right for my now-tween girl!


19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child M (Child L/Adult S, Adult M, Adult L) = 6.75 (7.5, 8.25, 9)in / 17 (19, 21, 23)cm finished hand circumference


  • 125 - 200 yards (114 - 183 m) worsted weight yarn
  • US 8 - 5.0 mm double-point or circular needles
  • 3 stitch markers
  • Stitch holder or waste yarn
  • Yarn needle