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Three patterns in one! This PDF donwload includes patterns for the fingerless mitts, the mittens, and the cowl. This pattern is ideal for using up leftover scraps of worsted weight yarn, and has been shown in an array of mismatched yarns to demonstrate the appeal of this technique. In total, 1 ball of each of the yarns called for were used to make the fingerless mitts, mittens, and cowl, and there was a bit of everything left over except the HiKoo. If you plan to make just the fingerless mitts, you will need about 120 yards total. For the mittens, you will need about 140 yards, and for the cowl, just 250 yards. Because you'll use at least two colors for each of these projects, you really can get away with using 50-60 yard scraps! The cowl is especially great for using up scraps because you can change up the colors for each and every stripe if you like (and the PDF tells you exactly how to do it); each one will use about 30 yards of yarn. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on knit purl work in the round slip a stitch GAUGE 19 sts/24 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Mitten/Mitt Circumference: 5 inches around cuff, unstretched; 8 inches around hand Fingerless mitt length: 8 inches Mitten length: 11 inches, customizable based on hand Cowl circumference: 24 inches Cowl height: 8 inches SUGGESTED YARN 250 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN HiKoo Simpliworsted COLORWAY Goldfish

Supplies Needed

  • For the fingerless mitts: 120 yards worsted weight yarn
  • For the mittens: 140 yards worsted weight yarn
  • For the cowl: 250 yards worsted weight yarn

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Designs by The Sexy Knitter
Designs by The Sexy Knitter
Hi! I'm Sarah Wilson, also known as the Sexy Knitter. I started crafting at a very young age and have tried a little bit of almost everything - sewing, quilting, cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, crewel, plastic canvas, weaving, knitting, crochet, beading, jewelry making...the list goes on. These days, I am a full-time knitwear designer whose work has been seen in publications like Interweave Knits,, Knitscene Magazine, The Knitter, Your Knitting Life, and more! You can find me online at, or on social networking sites (like Twitter, Ravelry, and Etsy) as TheSexyKnitter.