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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects and ...

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Whiskers on Mittens /Warm Woolen Kittens

from sarah-marie's knitting patterns
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Whiskers on Mittens /Warm Woolen Kittens
Whiskers on Mittens /Warm Woolen Kittens
Whiskers on Mittens /Warm Woolen Kittens
Whiskers on Mittens /Warm Woolen Kittens

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, make 1, knit two together, slip slip knit, grafting (kitchener)
  • stranded colorwork

Pattern Description:

At the very end of 2011, sarah-marie was muttering the song "Favorite Things" (Pomplamoose's version) to herself and accidentally heard herself think, "... and whiskers on mittens..." She then realized that this should be a knitting pattern. So she sketched part of a chart, and then remembered that she doesn't know how to draw. Therefore Madison took over, because she does know how to draw, and Whiskers on Mittens was born.

(This is co-designed with Madison Stuart.)


6 stitches per inch and approximately 7 rows per inch in stranded colorwork stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • hand circumference 8", hand length 7.5"


  • 110 yds (101 m) of the background color yarn
  • 75 yds (69 m) of the whisker/kitten color yarn
  • either a set of double-pointed needles, or two circular needles, or one long circular needle
  • needles in size 4--6 depending on how loosely or tightly you knit
  • a few yards of scrap yarn or a stitch holder for each mitten

You Will Also Need:

  • two stitch markers
  • a tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Suggested yarn:

185 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Valley Yarns Northampton