Mermaid's Mitts by Kathleen Dames

Mermaid's Mitts

June 2011
Lace ?
24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Fishtail lace
US 2 - 2.75 mm
Women's Medium/Large
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Even mermaids get cold hands! And these little pretties are quick to knit, light and cozy, and require just a smidgen of laceweight yarn. If you are ready to move beyond the basics but not ready for the time commitment of a shawl, you’ll flap your tail for this pair in fishtail lace.

Mermaid’s Mitts are a great way to learn about working in the round (for the cuff) and back-and-forth (for the thumb opening) in a lace pattern. I provide notes, charts, and information to help you master this skill. Since these mitts only use about 80yds (10g) of laceweight yarn, they are a quick and satisfying project that adds to your skill set. Plus, covering up your wrist pulse points really does keep you warmer!

What you’ll love about knitting Mermaid’s Mitts:

  • only 10g of laceweight yarn
  • master a pretty lace pattern in the round and back and forth
  • quick and portable
  • the lace pattern creates its own lovely cuff edge

What you’ll love about wearing Mermaid’s Mitts:

  • so pretty
  • it’s amazing how much warmer you feel when you cover your pulse points
  • perfect for adding a splash of color to any outfit

Size/Finished Measurements
Women’s Medium/Large (modeled with 1 inch negative ease)
Palm: 6 1/2-inch circumference; Length: 6 1/2 inches


  • madelinetosh tosh lace 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 950 yards/868 meters per 118 gram skein; color: Baltic; 1 skein
  • US2/2.75mm set of five DPNs
  • Stitch marker(s), tapestry needle

24 sts x 40 rows = 4 inches square in Fishtail Lace

Skills Needed
casting on
binding off
working in the round
working back and forth
following written or charted instructions for Fishtail Lace pattern (both included)

Technical Editing: Joeli Caparco
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Mermaid’s Mitts is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Fishtail Lace stitch pattern are included.