Two Cleaning Ladies by Meridith Shepherd
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Two Cleaning Ladies

March 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in slipped stitch rib, slightly stretched
US 8 - 5.0 mm
140 - 220 yards (128 - 201 m)
S (M, L) with 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” / 16.5 (19, 21.5)cm circumference, with desired length of 7”, 9”, or 11” (18 cm, 23 cm, or 28 cm) lengths
This pattern is available for $5.00 USD buy it now

A friend recently discovered the joy of having two wonderful cleaning ladies visit her home every couple of weeks. The bustling activity of two people taking care of things around the house while she was free to knit, read, or sip her tea, was a delight. A clean home is a joy in itself, but having it and not having to do the work, is a real treat.
These mitts happen to be what I was working on as we chatted about this little luxury, and the idea was born to name a pattern after her Two Cleaning Ladies.
Intended to use leftovers or one special skein, these mitts are designed in three sizes, with suggestions about the length to make, depending on preference and amount of yarn you have on hand.


  • 140 (280, 220)yds/127(164, 200)m of worsted to aran weight yarn
  • US 8 (5 mm) double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers (3)
  • cable needle
  • stitch holders or waste yarn
  • Yarn needle

Sample Details
Mitts shown are the large size in the 9”/23cm length. The are shown in The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran, in the Honey Wilkes colorway.

S (M, L)

Finished Size
6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” / 16.5 (19, 21.5) cm circumference (measured across widest part of hand, not including thumb), with desired length of 7”, 9”, or 11” (18 cm, 23 cm, or 28 cm) lengths

Skill Level
Intermediate. Requires cabling and optional chart reading.

The Life’s Little Luxuries Collection is a series of designs that celebrate the little things in life that bring a smile to our face. Named for these little things, each design uses just one or two skeins of a special hand-dyed yarn, making them perfect quick projects for using a treasured skein. The designs will be released periodically, usually with two or three patterns being released at a time. They are priced at just $5.00 each, and will always be sold with a Buy 2, Get 1 Free promotion. No strings attached, no coupon codes, just put three patterns in your cart, and one will be free. Afterall, it is the little things in life that make it special.

You can purchase the patterns as single pattern downloads, or as the e-book. At this point, the e-book is priced at $15 (to reflect getting 3 patterns and one free), and includes the four patterns currently available in this collection. It will remain priced at $15 until new designs are added to the collection, at which point the price will rise to a maximum of $25. Those who purchase the e-book at $15 will receive all future patterns added to the collection without any additional cost, making this a great savings over time.