Tuiki tuiki mittens by Ida-Maria Tyyskä

Tuiki tuiki mittens

February 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette after blocking
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
142 - 284 yards (130 - 260 m)
women's medium / men's small
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This pattern is available for free.

This is a simple design but the many small details such as folded cuff, colorwork bobbles, flap and tubular bind-off make it special.

Because of the ribbing, these mittens fit nicely on a wide range of hands making them a perfect gift.

The name comes from the colorwork section which reminds me of a twinkling star (tuiki tuiki means twinkle twinkle in Finnish).

S fits small women’s and M fits medium women’s or small men’s hands with a circumference up to 7.4 (8.5)″ 19 (22) cm. Length of hand and thumb can be adjusted based on hand size.

The pattern works for a wide variety of yarn weights. You can use fingering, sport or light DK weight yarn or if you prefer a bit thicker yarn you can get size M mittens by making size S with gauge 25 sts per 4″ (10 cm). Note that the yardage may vary if you use a different yarn or gauge than the sample uses.

Sample uses light DK weight wool and nylon blend Novita Nalle (284 yards (260 meters) / 100g and for the bobbles fingering weight wool and nylon blend Ruskanlehti Wool sock held in double (DK). It’s ok if the bobbles are made of different weight yarn or only a single strand of fingering weight yarn. Swatch and see if you like the result.

Sample mittens:
MC (light grey): 043 Stone, 0.5 skein (50g)
CC (dark grey): 044 Graphite, 0.5 skein (50g)
CC2 (bobbles): Kinuski, 11 yds / 10 m

For size S approximately 142 yds / 130 m of both MC and CC should be enough. For size M 284 yds / 260 m.

The yardage for the colorwork bobbles depends on yarn weight you use. Fingering weight held double 11 yds / 10 m.

Note that the yardage may vary if you use different yarn or gauge than the sample.

With smaller needles 28 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.

With bigger needles 28 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stranded colorwork after blocking.

Recommended needles:
Main needles: US 1.5 32″ 2.5mm 80cm or longer circular needles.

Colorwork needles: US 3 32″ 3.25mm 80cm or longer circular needles.

Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

For tubular bind-off and folded cuff (optional): spare needles (32″ 2.5mm 80cm or longer circular needles) same size or smaller than your main needles. See special techniques section for tutorials on how to use those techniques without a spare needle.

Notions: crochet hook, tapestry needle, scrap yarn. Size of the crochet hook does not matter as long as you can pick up the stitches for the flap with it.

It’s also possible to pick up the stitches without a hook.