Checkmate Mitts by Rachel Brockman

Checkmate Mitts

August 2021
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Broken Garter Stripes
US 10 - 6.0 mm
80 - 145 yards (73 - 133 m)
Toddler/Child (Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
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If you think that fingerless mitts are too complex for a first or second project – think again! The Checkmate Mitts feature no shaping at all. Just whip up two rectangles, fold in half, sew the edge, leaving room for the thumbholes and ta-da – your first pair of mitts! This accessory works up easily in just a couple of hours. The project will allow you to practice stripes and mattress stitch. After you finish these, you probably won’t be able to resist their companion, the Checkmate Shawl!


Toddler/Child (Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
Shown in Adult Medium size.

Hand Circumference: 5¼ (6¾, 8, 9¼)”
Length: 6¼ (7¼, 8¼, 9¾)”

Universal Yarn Deluxe Bulky Superwash (100% superwash wool; 100g/106 yds)
935 Ebony (A) – 1 ball (all sizes)
928 Pulp (B) – 1 ball (all sizes)
Needles: US Size 10 (6 mm) straight or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, removable stitch markers

12 sts x 24 rows = 4” in Broken Garter Stripes patt
Save time, check your gauge.

These mitts are knit flat from the bottom up. First, a cuff is knit in garter stitch using color A. Then, colors A and B are alternated throughout the hand section before changing back to color A for the hem. When working in the stripes during the Hand section, do not break yarn at the end of each stripe. Instead, carry the yarn up the inside of the work and twist the strands of yarn around one another every color change to prevent holes.