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Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit and especially loves to knit with
color. She's the author of two new books featuring colorwork; Fair Isle Style, a contemporary collection of 20 designs from 18 ...

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Muckle Mitts

from Mary Jane Mucklestone
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Muckle Mitts
Muckle Mitts
Muckle Mitts
Muckle Mitts
Muckle Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • able to use double point needles
  • able to read a color work chart
  • able to knit stranded color work in the round

Pattern Description:

Darling Fingerless Mitts based on motif # 172 in my book 200 Fair Isle Motifs.

When your hands are cold, but full mittens are too hot!
Offered in three lovely color-ways, but I encourage you to make up your own.

This pattern features an "afterthought" thumb, the kind of thumb often employed in folk knitting. The beauty of it, is you can keep on knitting in your colorwork pattern with hardly any interruption. Just work a few stitches on waste yarn, slip them back to the left hand needle and continue on your merry way.

I show three versions, using three different yarns, each resulting a unique look and a slightly different gauge. All three will fit most women's hands. For larger or smaller mitts, change your needle size accordingly or use thicker or thinner yarn, there's lots of leeway here. You'll see I even mixed yarns with different fiber content, since I always hand wash my mittens, this should pose no problem. Bust that stash!


14 sts x 14 rounds = 2"
13 sts x 13 sts = 2''

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 7 to 7 1/2 ' around and 7 to 7 1/2 " in length


  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 colors

You Will Also Need:

  • US size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
  • US size 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

220 yards of Worsted weight

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