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Many years ago my then elementary school-age daughter and I were on vacation in Maine. We stopped (as knitters do) in a tiny, now closed, yarn shop in Biddeford. It was full of lots of mass-market yarns, but what I really wanted was something specialsomething Mainer. I found this skein of loosely spun 2-ply that reads as purple but is really a wonderful heathery mix of blues, reds, and even some green. My daughter wanted mittens. Mittens with holes for her fingers but notand this was importantflaps. So I started right away to design a pair of top-down mittens with a buttonhole-like gap. They were a disaster. I put the yarn away for years, not wanting to admit my failure. And then, after an interstate move and uncounted family changes, I went back to them. This version still has the peekaboo space for the fingers, but is otherwise completely different: bottom-up, with a gradated thumb gusset, ribbed finger opening, and a very pointy top and thumb. They reminded her of gnome hats, and so we named them GnoMitts. They're a nice blend of fun and funkyjust right for my now-tween girl! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting in the round Basic increases and decreases GAUGE 19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Child M (Child L/Adult S, Adult M, Adult L) = 6.75 (7.5, 8.25, 9)in / 17 (19, 21, 23)cm finished hand circumference

Supplies Needed

  • Stitch holder or waste yarn
  • US 8 - 5.0 mm double-point or circular needles
  • 125 - 200 yards (114 - 183 m) worsted weight yarn

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.