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My mother taught me the joy of knitting and sewing at a very young age, and I have enjoyed the benefits of knowing these skills for years. I have been raising boys from home and will soon have ...

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Little Gems Half Mitts

from Dragonfly NeedleWorks
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Little Gems Half Mitts
Little Gems Half Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit-in-the-round on double pointed needles
  • minimal shaping required
  • gusseted thumbs

Pattern Description:

The ruffled cuff uses a seed stitch that is sturdy to protect from the winter winds while adding a little whimsy, and fun to the mitt. The mitt was designed to protect from winter wind by hanging over the cuff of a coat sleeve. When I designed these it had been a while since I had knit mittens, so I chose a half mitt design with simple stockinette hand with thumbs that are knit the same for the right as for the left. It was a good primer before moving up to a full mitten, as well as being a perfect gift for the tech savvy youth of today! In this design fingers are still free to text, tweet and check facebook on the go.


18 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch worked in the round. Please take time to check gauge to get the same pattern result. **Note: If you are not a tight knitter please consider the use of a US 6 or 7 (4.25-4.5mm) I used 8/5mm to get gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Youth L (Adult XS, S, M, L, XL)


  • Aran Wt. Yarn, 133yds/121meters
  • US 6-8/4.25-5mm straight needles that get gauge
  • One Set double pointed needles in size determined to meet gauge
  • Waste yarn or stitch markers
  • Row counter (Optional)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Two sets of double pointed needles One in gauge US size 6-8/4.25-5mm and One in a size that is .5 to 1 mm smaller

Suggested yarn:

90 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Solitude Wool, Romney


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