Quarky Mittens by Emily Bujold

Quarky Mittens

August 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 2 inches
in Fairisle Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
One Size
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They say:
“Three quarks for muster mark!
sure he hasn’t got much of a bark!”

6.5” circumference and 7” long (There is a nice long cuff to keep snow out!)

This pattern requires two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn. Approx 200 yds each.

20 sts = 2” in Fair Isle Stockinette Stitch.

Size US 1 (2.25 mm) in preferred method for small diameter circular knitting. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge for desired size.

Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Scrap yarn for securing thumb stitches during construction


  • The naming of Quarks began when, in 1964, Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig suggested that hundreds of the particles known at the time could be explained as combinations of just three fundamental particles. Gell-Mann chose the name “quarks,” pronounced “kworks,” for these three particles, a made-up english word used by James Joyce in the novel Finnegan’s Wake.

  • These mittens feature the lines of poetry referring to Quarks from the novel, and a traditional Gotland motif all around.

This pattern has been redesigned as of November 2016. If you would like the original pattern with more lines of text, PM me and I will send it to you.

Thanks a billion to my awesome pattern tester Rashiopoulo