Mabou Fingerless Mitts by Luise O'Neill

Mabou Fingerless Mitts

by Luise O'Neill
October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette on smaller needles, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
110 - 140 yards (101 - 128 m)
S (M, L) (see notes)
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The Story
Located on the beautiful west coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Mabou is a centre of Celtic music, Gaelic culture and the beauty that is Cape Breton. Situated in Inverness County, where Les Suêtes sometimes blow strong enough to move buildings off their foundations, Mabou is home to the famous musical Rankin family and plays a significant part in keeping the Gaelic language and traditions alive. The town’s website states,

“Your only difficulty will be leaving!”

The pattern stitches in the Mabou designs incorporate small reminders of the ocean and landscape that surround this exceptional Canadian treasure – the sweeping hills and valleys, the dance of the waves.

We hope you enjoy these little treasures.


Mabou Fingerless Mitts
A beautifully scalloped cast on and a fabulous pattern stitch that combines pulled yarn loops with combination moss stitch panels provide an interesting yet quick knit. The pattern stitch for these mitts lends itself especially well to variegated and tonal yarns. These mitts are knit at a slightly looser tension for a soft, comfortable fit. Since each pair takes less than 140 yds / 128m, it’s a fantastic project for some of those precious indie-dyed yarns. This pattern series also offers the Mabou Cowl in fingering-weight yarn as well as the Mabou Cowl and the Mabou Hat in worsted-weight yarn.

Notes are provided for lengthening both the cuff and palm portion of the mitts; this will, of course, require more than the stated yarn amounts.

The pattern stitch is charted with written directions provided.

Sizes: S (M, L)
To fit hand (measured around palm):
7 – 7.25 (7.25 – 7.5, 7.5 – 8)“ / 18 – 18.5 (18.5, 19, 19 – 20.5)cm
* Intended to be worn with 0.5 – 1” / 1.5 – 2.5cm of negative ease

110 (125, 140) yds / 101 (114, 128) m fingering weight yarn
* Sample in Stroll Tonal Fingering (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 462 yds per 100g) in Blue Yonder

3.75 mm / US5 set of 5 DPN or size required to obtain gauge
4 mm / US6 set of 5 DPN or one size larger than required for gauge

Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn

The Mabou Collection eBook (27 pages) includes four patterns:

A huge thank you to Raveler marthajane73 for test knitting the patterns in the Mabou Collection!!

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