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I am a writer and photographer with a love for yarn, a gift for gabbing, and a talent for acquiring hobbies. So basically, I like collecting things, talking too much, and taking pretty pictures. And ...

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Ishbel & Elena Mitts

from Exchanging Fire
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ishbel & Elena Mitts
Ishbel & Elena Mitts
Ishbel & Elena Mitts
Ishbel & Elena Mitts
Ishbel & Elena Mitts
Ishbel & Elena Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • yarn over
  • slip stitches
  • make one
  • thumb gusset
  • lace

Pattern Description:

These fingerless mitts were inspired when a friend's search for a matching pattern to go with her newly knit Ishbel Beret was unsuccessful. After helping to turn over the last stone on the Internet, I decided there was nothing left to do but write up a pattern for her. The mitts come in two forms - Ishbel and Elena - the Scottish and Slovakian forms of my two new cousins' names and a nod to our shared heritage. Just like the sisters they are named after, both designs feature the same traditional vine lace pattern, but with a slight visual difference - one stands up straight while the other meanders along the wrist. Each flows into the parallel lines of a razorshell lace panel over the back of the hand. A decorative lace border across the knuckles creates a delicate cast-off edge.

Three sizes are available for these mitts: petite/small (6/6.5 inches), medium/large (7/7.5 inches) and extra-large (8/8.5 inches). Measure around the widest point of your hand at your knuckle to find your size. This mitt has negative ease, which means it should have a fitted appearance, stretching around your hand with the cuff snug against your wrist.

While this pattern is designed to be knit with fingering weight (4-ply) yarn, you can easily substitute a light fingering (3-ply) weight. I would recommend going down to a size 1.5 US needle if you do. Please be aware that this will also shrink the size of your mitt - if you are on the larger end of the scale in your size bracket you might need to go up a size.


8 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Petite/Small: 6/6.5 inches
  • Medium/Large: 7/7.5 inches
  • Extra-Large: 8/8.5 inches


  • 125 - 250 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • US 2 double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • a tapestry needle
  • a few wee stitch markers

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