Noggin Cove by Jennifer Beale

Noggin Cove

November 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked flat
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
269 yards (246 m)
3 hand lengths, 3 hand circumferences, 3 thumb gusset lengths
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Noggin Cove

The second of five of the Noggin Cove Islands Collection, Noggin Cove are mostly sideways mittens featuring striking Fair Isle and a little panel of a traditional Shetland lace motif, Da Flee from wrist to thumb tip. Half of the Fair Isle is worked first, then stitches are picked up to work the remaining half. The sides of the hand are filled in and finished with the Modified 3-needle BO, then the thumb is worked in a unique construction from gusset to tip. The gusset is worked flat and transitions to working the thumb in the round. The mittens are finished with ribbing to desired cuff length. The pattern is written with a steeked option (Fair Isle in the round) and a non-steeked option (Fair Isle flat).

Stay tuned for the 5th piece! Coming April of 2023.

Lace and colourwork are charted only.


You can mix and match hand circumference, hand length and thumb gusset length using these sizes:

Finished hand circumferences:
(18, 19) (20.5, 22)cm /
(7, 7.5) (8, 8.75)”.

Finished hand length (not including cuff):
(15.5, 17.5) (19.5, 21.5)cm /
(6, 7) (7.75, 8.5)”.

Thumb gusset length (not including cuff):
(5.5, 6.5) (7, 8)cm /
(2.25, 2.5) (2.75, 3)”.


Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift (100% pure Shetland wool; 105 metres per 25 grams) in 4 foreground colours and 8 background colours. Colours and approximate amounts for the largest hand length, hand circumference and thumb gusset length sizes are listed below. The number of balls of Spindrift is given in brackets. Colour J is used for the ribbing and colour G is used for the thumb. In the Fair Isle, the foreground colours (FG) are A, B, C, D and the background colours (BG) are E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L.

Foreground colours (FG):
A. Dusk (1 ball): 14 metres / 16 yards
B. Purple Heather (1 ball): 10 metres / 11 yards
C. Raspberry (1 ball): 10 metres / 11 yards
D. Autumn (1 ball): 6 metres / 7 yards
Background colours (BG):
E. Natural White (1 ball): 19 metres / 21 yards
F. Eesit (1 ball): 10 metres / 11 yards
G. Sholmit/Mooskit (1 ball): 61 metres / 67 yards
H. Sholmit (1 ball): 19 metres / 21 yards
I. Sholmit/Shaela (1 ball): 6 metres / 7 yards
J. Shaela (1 ball): 71 metres / 78 yards
K. Black/Shaela (1 ball): 6 metres / 7 yards
L. Shetland Black (1 ball): 14 metres / 16 yards


28 sts and 42 rows to 10cm / 4” with size A needles after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Fair Isle:
28 sts to 10cm / 4” and 14 rounds/rows to 3.7cm / 1.5” of Fair Isle chart with size B needles (and size A needles for single colour rounds) after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Needles and Notions

The gauges were achieved with the following needle sizes. To work the pattern as written, you must swatch and use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Size A: 2.5mm (US 1.5) 80cm / 32” circular needles for single colour St st and single colour rounds in Fair Isle bands; 100cm / 40” or longer for magic loop or DPNs for thumb.

Size B: 3mm (US 2.5) 80cm / 32” circular needles for multi colour rounds in Fair Isle bands.

You will also need: spare needles or interchangeable cables for holding sts, 3mm to 3.5mm (US D-3 to E-4) crochet hook for surface crochets along the very centre of the Fair Isle bands, a needle at least 2 sizes smaller than your ribbing needle for the Jeny’s Stretch BO, stitch markers.


  • Stranded knitting in the round (steeks required) OR stranded knitting flat (no steeks required)
  • Lace (flat and in the round)
  • short rows
  • Modified 3-Needle BO
  • surface crochet (an embellishment at the very centre of the Fair Isle bands)

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Tech edited by Sue Hislop (Ravelry: Sue-Cat)