Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bizilia
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Fiddlehead Mittens

February 2008
Hello Yarn Hand-Dyed Mohair/Wool
Sport (12 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 6.5 rows = 1 inch
in colorwork pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
S, M, L
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Stranded mittens with sore thumb and a traditional mitten shape, knit in decidedly non-traditional yarns, fibers, and colors.

Choose a wool, alpaca, mohair, or blended yarn for maximum warmth and resilience.

These are a quick and fun knit!

Visit the Fiddlehead Mittens Flickr Group for some great color and yarn ideas. Please add your own photos, as well!

Pattern is available in electronic format only. Should you have any trouble with the download or lose your pattern, please contact me.

SIZE: S (M, L)

TO FIT: 7.5” (8.25”, 9”) palm circumference. If you are between sizes, knit the closer size.

ACTUAL MEASUREMENT: 8.5” (9.25”, 10”) circumference, and 9.5” (10”, 11”) long

NEEDLES: 3 (4, 5) US, or size needed to get gauge.
Pattern may be knit on double points, a long circular for magic loop, or on 2 circulars.

NOTIONS: stitch marker, waste yarn, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 28 (26, 24) sts. and 30 (28, 26) rows = 4” in colorwork pattern. Gauge is critical for proper fit!


These glorious mittens look great in a variety of yarns. Try them in a smooth yarn, one with a halo, or a nubbledy tweed. Treat yourself to the most scrumptious lining yarn you can find.

This pattern requires sport or DK or light worsted weight (think Cascade 220) yarns for the outer mitten. You will use approx. 125 yards of MC and 40 yards each of 5 CCs. You will need approx. 140 yards of a DK or sport lining yarn, as well. Choose a plied wool, alpaca, or mohair blend yarn for optimal warmth and sturdiness.

All samples shown have been knit with one main color and 5 contrast colors. The chart will show you when to change colors. You do not need to knit these in 6 colors, however. Two colors will do nicely! I can see these in black and white, subtle combinations like blue and grey, or a solid main color with a self-striping contrast yarn.

The tweedy sample pair was knit in Rowan Scottish (formerly Harris) Tweed DK with color #3 as the MC and colors #11, 17, 19, 15, 18 as contrast colors. Blue Sky Alpacas’ Brushed Suri in color 904 Fudgesicle was used for the lining. One skein of each color is sufficient for the pattern.

The blue and rust pair were knit in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Light with color # 4281 as the main color and , 4240, 4287, 4288, 4285, 4294 as the contrast colors. Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in #597 Jelly was held double for the lining. One skein of each color is sufficient for the pattern.

Several of the pairs shown at left, including the pair in the main photo, were knit from Hello Yarn Fiddlehead Kits, which are discontinued.

It is expected that you have some experience with knitting in the round, stranded knitting, picking up stitches, decreasing and increasing, and reading a colorwork chart.

The pattern is a bit chatty, so should be suitable for an adventurous beginning colorwork knitter.

PATTERN FORMAT: PDF- 5 pages, 545 KB

Pattern includes fully charted design, schematic, yarn selection information, sizing information, i-cord cast-on instructions, and lovely, full color photos.