San Marco Mitts by Anna Pack

San Marco Mitts

June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork after blocking
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
2.5 mm
295 yards (270 m)
one size
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Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, with a simple rolled lower edging and a steeked thumbhole, these mitts are inspired by a mosaic pavement in St Mark’s, Venice. Knitted using Tukuwool Fingering from Finland, in colours reminiscent of terracotta and stone. An ideal project for learning how to create a steek.

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Tukuwool fingering 100% Finnish wool (195m/213yd per 50g skein):
1 skein Ruura (colour A)
1 skein Repo (colour B)

Yarn substitution:
This yarn should knit to a gauge of 26sts per 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch on US 3 (3mm) needles or 24sts on US 4 (3.5mm). The following approximate quantities of a similar fingering weight yarn may be used:

Non identical mitts (as shown):
colour A & B – 135m/147yd

Identical mitts (colour A edging):
colour A – 110m/120yd
colour B – 160m/175yd

Quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn used. Due to the use of steeking, a yarn which felts easily is recommended.

Needles and notions

US 3 / 3.25mm and US 2 / 2.75mm 10”/25cm circular sock needles (or sets of four double pointed needles)
2.5mm (or 2.75mm) crochet hook for steek reinforcement (i.e. one or two sizes smaller than gauge needle)
stitch marker
tapestry needle for finishing


30sts and 36 rows to 4”/10cm after wet blocking across stranded colourwork –
adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.


One size: length 26cm (10.4in), circumference 22cm (8.8in).
The mitts are shown on a hand with palm circumference 19cm/7.5in with approx. 3cm ease but will fit larger hands more snugly.

Skills required

The pattern uses steeking to create the thumbhole after knitting the mitt in the round as a tube of fabric.

The pattern uses stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats at the back of the work. Links are available on my blog to explain these techniques.

Knowledge of the cable and backward loop methods of casting on is assumed.