Helios Mitts by Louise Zass-Bangham

Helios Mitts

February 2012
Sport (12 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stocking (stockinette) stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
180 yards (165 m)
To fit 18cm/7" & 21cm/8 1/2" hand
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Ideal for milder weather, these lovely mitts make a great gift. Worked in eyelet-rib and reverse stocking stitch, they are much simpler and quicker to work than mini-cables but look just as complex.

The mitts are worked flat with a tiny amount of seam cleverly hidden in a furrow of rib. A decorative line of eyelet-rib borders the thumbhole opening. If you are a novice, I give options to avoid the two trickiest stitches in the pattern (and they’re not that tricky) since this is meant to be fun to knit!

To make a lovely set for yourself or as a gift, you can make a Helios Headband with the remainder of the second ball. If you wish to do this and you are making size L mitts, please take extra care that you are knitting to gauge since there will only be a few grams of yarn leftover. Buy the patterns together in Helios Knits

S/M to fit 18cm/7”
L to fit 21cm/8 1/2”
Measure around widest part of the hand.


  • MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino 100% wool, 125m/137yds per 50g ball. 2 balls Claret or colour of your choice. 65g 163m/178yds is ample for size L.
  • 3.25mm/US 3 needles
  • Tapestry needle for sewing up

25 sts to 10cm/4” over stocking stitch using 3.25mm/US 3 needles or size required to achieve tension.