Gnomitts Pattern


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Knitting: Gnomitts
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men, Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

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

About Designer

About Designer


Katherine Vaughan has been knitting for 25+ years and designing for more than 7. She primarily designs adult and children's wear and accessories for adults and the home. She daylights as an academic librarian in the mountains of Virginia, where it is (almost) never too hot to knit. Website:

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