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Guelph, Ontario, Canada

I have been artistic all my life, but no medium has obsessed me more than knitting. I live with my needles in hand! After leaving a career in social work, I decided to make fiber art central in my ...

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Straight Shooter

from Ash Kearns Handknitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting the round with DPNs
  • grafting
  • seaming
  • Intarsia colorwork (instructions given)
  • tubular cast-on (optional)

Pattern Description:

While browsing through my vintage pattern collection, I came across a Knit-O-Graf catalogue picture of a 1950's child's mitten with a gun motif (no pattern, sadly). Growing up, toy weapons had been discouraged in our house, so the idea of these mittens especially made me chuckle. Since I wasn't allowed to play with toy guns growing up, this design is a little bit of childhood defiance. Straight Shooter is my interpretation of vintage children's gun mittens for grown-ups.

Straight Shooter mittens feature western-style revolvers that will make you a dual-wielding winter outlaw. Shoot-up the ski hill, make an impression at the hipster coffee house, or challenge another urban cowboy to a gun fight! Straight Shooter mittens are the ideal gift for the western or gun enthusiast in your life.

Pattern is given in two sizes, suitable for the average woman or man's hand. The construction method combines traditional flat mitten construction with an in-the-round thumb, creating only one seam along the outside edge of the hand. The top is grafted closed. The revolver motif is worked using the intarsia color work method, using separate strands of color instead of stranding. Instructions give guidelines to the intarsia method, though previous experience is helpful. Use two high-contrast colors to make the revolvers really pop!

Straight Shooter mittens will have you shooting from the hip... Just don't shoot your eye out!


22 sts/ 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch knitted flat using 4mm needle or size to obtain gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small /Medium (Medium/ Large) To fit hand circumference at widest point : 7.5-9.0, (8.5-10) inches, length is adjustable.


  • ash Materials: 2 colors of Cascade 220 or other worsted weight yarn - 150 yards of Main Color (mc) for Body of mitt, 50 yards Contrast color (cc) for cuff/image
  • 3.75mm straight or circular needle
  • 4mm straight or circular needle
  • Set of 4mm double pointed needles
  • Wool needle
  • Stitch marker

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade 220