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Tailgate Mitts

from Sunset Cat Designs by Stephannie Tallent
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tailgate Mitts
Tailgate Mitts
Tailgate Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Simple lace, stranded knitting, braids, knitting in the round, reading charts

Pattern Description:

These mitts mix a traditional Shetland stranded pattern with a Latvian-style lace & braid cuff.

Want them unisex? Instead of the lace cuff, substitute a ribbed top & bottom cuff.


40 sts & 48 rounds = 4in / 10cm in stranded St st on US1.5 (larger) needles

32 sts & 40 rounds = 4in / 10cm in Garter st on US1 (smaller) needles

Stranded Stockinette stitch gauge is the most important gauge for this mitt. My garter stitch gauge and non-stranded stockinette stitch gauge is much larger (fewer stitches per inch) than my stranded stockinette gauge. If yours doesn't vary as much, you may not need to change to smaller needles when working the top cuff.

Stitch gauge is more critical than row gauge.

A loose cast on is necessary. More critical, perhaps, than using a larger needle is consciously spacing the cast on stitches about 2mm apart. This ensures the scallops will lay flat.

To make the hands of the mitts longer, work more repeats of ROUNDS 63-68.

Both mitts are completely charted, including cast on (ROUND 1) and bind off (ROUND 84).

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Fits up to 8in / 20.5cm palm circumference Actual palm circumference above thumb: 71/2in / 19cm Total Length: 61/2in / 16.5cm Cuff length: 13/4in / 4.5cm (note: cuff pulls in between braids)


  • YARN MC Malabrigo Sock yarn, 100% merino, 440 yds / 100g, 1 skein, Impressionist Sky CC Malabrigo Sock yarn, 100% merino, 440 yds / 100g, 1 skein, Cordovan Note: You can get at least 2 pairs of mitts out of this quantity of yarn. One pair takes approx 200 yds total. NEEDLES US4 / 3.5mm (for cast on only) US11/2 / 2.5mm, or size to obtain gauge US1 / 2.25mm, or size to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • (3) stitch markers, one unique for beginning of round yarn needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

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Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized
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About the designer

Hi! I live in Hermosa Beach, California, with husband Dave, dog Rigel and Tonkinese cats Meggie and Cali.

I've been knitting on & off for the past 30+ years, and began publishing my knitting ...

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