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Poetry Mittens

October 1995
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
930 yards (850 m)
Woman's size medium
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Available in different online versions:
Interweave SKU: EP1345
Interweave SKU: EP11757

From the pattern:
The fine detail and absence of a rhythm in the lettered pattern make this a challenging project, best for knitters with experience in multicolored knitting. You’ll also need to know how to graft stitches together for a neat finish at the tip of the mitten.

Issue also includes an article, “Unraveling Poetry Mittens,” by Veronica Patterson, on the history of poetry mittens.


  • Blueberry
  • Gold Glow
  • Red Fox

Pattern Description from Interweave Online Store:
Mittens dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that bear knitted words forming a poem serve as inspiration for our own ‘poetry mittens.’

Finished Size: Woman’s size medium

Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun, 100% wool yarn, fingering weight, 310 yards (283 m)/1-3/4 oz (50 g) skein, 1 skein each as follows:

  • For Veronica and Jane’s mittens: #110 Blueberry (MC), #308F Sunburst Gold (A), and #N46F Red Fox (B).

  • For Angela’s mittens: #107 Silver Sage (MC), #103 Deep Sea (A), and #N62 Amethyst (B).