Elinor's Mittens by pamela wynne

Elinor's Mittens

January 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
hand circumference: 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.75) inches, unstretched
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This pattern is available for $5.00.

These super-warm mittens feature a fat two-color cable, a tweedy palm, and a striped thumb with a swirled decrease at the tip. The 6-page pattern includes charts for the cable, palm, and decreases.

Size is determined by what size needles you use (see specs below). Even at the looser gauges, though, the colorwork and cables mean these will be warm and wooly. And they knit up surprisingly fast in worsted-weight yarn. I recommend using a darker main color, and a lighter or brighter yarn for the contrast color.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: hand circumference = 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.75) inches, unstretched.

GAUGE: 32 (30, 28, 26, 24, 22) stitches per 4” (10cm) in palm chart pattern stitch, after blocking.


  • US size 2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) needles of your choice for small-circumference circular knitting, or size needed to get gauge for your size
  • US size 2 (2, 2, 3, 4, 5) needles, for cuff (or needles 1-2 sizes smaller than for hand)