Mirja Mitts by Kati Mohr

Mirja Mitts

November 2011
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
garter stitch
short, long
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Beautiful pattern for self-dyed sock yarn. The zigzag goes smoothly around the thumb and there is no seam to be seen.

Years ago, I fell in love with Elizabeth Zimmermanns garter stitch patterns. I admire their simplicity and their sophisticated design. AND a good friend of mine needed some stylish warmth for her hands. So these mitts simply had to be in garter stitch. And colourful. Something special for a special person.

Mirja is adjustable to any hand and you can knit them with fingering weight or dk/worsted weight. You can make the mitts long or short - or better: try both. And you just need one skein (100g)! Have fun and make your individual Mirja mitts with hand-dyed yarn!


Mirja is knitted sideways. You start with the gusset, add stitches at the left and the right side for the main body of the mitts and knit on in zig-zag garter stitch around your wrist. The ends are then grafted together.

The pattern can be knitted with a variety of yarn weights because garter stitch stretches quite a bit and the lower thumb circumference does not differ so much… By the way – the pictures in this pattern feature SIZE L of the mitts.

This pattern is for the more experienced knitter who knows garter stitch grafting and how to do a provisional cast-on!


S= short. Length = app. 21cm/8”
L = long. Length = app. 29Cm/11,5“

fingering {dk/worsted weight}
one skein (100g)

26-30 {20-22} stitches/ridges are 10cm/4in.
The yarn used for the mitts featured in the pictures is handspun and handdyed worsted weight – OOAK.

two circular needles or straights 2,5-3,5mm/US 2-4 {4,0-5,0mm/US 6-8} or size needed to achieve gauge
two buttons or crocheted flowers (optional)

Knit - knit two together - slip slip knit - yarn over – (crocheted) provisional cast-on - wrap & turn for long version - sewn bind-off – garter stitch grafting

LATEST UPDATE: complete revision and now with charts!
ERRATA: empty (white) boxes in the chart are knit-stitches - in RS- and in WS-rows!