Multifaceted Mittens by Amy van de Laar

Multifaceted Mittens

June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
236 - 272 yards (216 - 249 m)
One size: to fit women’s medium hands
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Inspired by the natural geometric shapes of crystals, these Multifaceted Mittens feature an all-over stranded design that wraps around the hand. The pointed top and thumb echo the shapes of the colourwork gems.

Two options are included for the cuffs: longer ones to tuck snugly into your sleeves, and shorter wrist-length cuffs. A fingerless version is available separately as Multifaceted Mitts, and both patterns are available together in an ebook.

Skills needed include stranded knitting, working a small circumference in the round, working from charts, and picking up stitches. Choose your favourite jewel tone, add a lighter contrast colour, and knit your own pair of crystal gauntlets.


236-272 yards / 216-249 metres of fingering-weight yarn. I used 2 skeins of Knitsch Yarns 100% Merino Sock (100% NZ Merino; 182yds/167m per 50g skein), a high-twist sock yarn. Shown in ‘Amethyst’ MC + ‘Silver Lining’ CC, with short cuffs.

For short cuffs you will need: 106yds/97m MC, 130yds/119m CC. For long cuffs: 123yds/112.5m MC, 150yds/137m CC.

Additional materials: one stitch marker, waste yarn for putting thumb stitches on hold, and a needle for weaving in ends.


To fit women’s medium hands, with palm circumference 7.5-8”/19-20.3cm. Suggestions for altering the length are included in the pattern.

  • Width of mittens at widest point: 4”/10cm.
  • Length from cuff to thumb join (i.e. sts picked up): 4”/10cm (short cuff) 5.5”/14cm (long cuff).
  • Length from thumb join to top (i.e. the point): 4.5”/11.5cm.

Pattern is for personal use only.