Wreckhouse Mitts by Allison O'Mahony

Wreckhouse Mitts

August 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
98 - 175 yards (90 - 160 m)
Child [Woman’s M, Man’s M]
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Wreckhouse Mitts is the fourth pattern in the Wreckhouse Collection.

The patterns can be purchased separately, or as a collection for 25% off. Past purchases count, meaning if you’ve previously purchased one or more of the patterns in the collection, you can add the other(s) to your cart and receive the collection at the discounted price minus what you’ve already paid!

For example, if you already bought the hat pattern for $7, add the collection to your cart. The collection price of $21 will be discounted by the $7 you paid for the hat, and you’ll get cowl, headband, and mitten patterns for $14 total.

Wreckhouse is an area of Newfoundland named for its extreme winds. While the Newfoundland Railway was still in operation, the winds would occasionally blow railway cars off the tracks, and to this day transport trucks are still blown off the road from time to time.

The Wreckhouse mitts are knit in thick, dense Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, making them a stylish but also truly functional winter accessory. The honeycomb pockets trap warm air, creating an effective barrier against the briskest of winter winds. With options for both fingerless mitts and full mittens, this versatile pattern is great for all seasons.

Child [Woman’s M, Man’s M] to fit 16.5 [19, 21.5] cm/6.5 [7.5, 8.5]” hand circumference (measured at knuckles)

Finished Dimensions
12.5 [15, 17.5] cm/5 [6, 7]” hand circumference (measured at knuckles), height is adjustable

Honeycomb Brioche Stitch is a relatively stretchy stitch pattern. Choose a size with a finished hand circumference approximately 4 cm/1.5” smaller than the wearer’s actual hand circumference. Sample is size Woman’s M modelled on a 19 cm/7.5” hand.

Worsted weight yarn* in the following approximate amounts:

Fingerless Mitts
90 [100, 110] metres/100 [110, 120] yards

Full Mittens
125 [145, 160] metres/135 [160, 175] yards

*Shown in Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers (100% Wool; 201 m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Rainier Heather (9454).

One set 4.5 mm/US 7 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch)

One set 3.75 mm/US 5 needles* (or two sizes smaller than needed for gauge)

*Either one set of DPNs, two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.

16 stitches & 24 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch, after light wet blocking, on larger needles

Stitch markers (3, including one in a unique colour to mark the BOR), tapestry needle


These mittens are knit in the round, beginning with a Brioche Stitch cuff. The rest of the mitt is worked in Honeycomb Brioche Stitch. Thumb gussets in Brioche Stitch ensure a great fit, and a purl stitch faux side seam eliminates the jog that occurs when knitting Honeycomb Brioche Stitch in the round.

Honeycomb Brioche Stitch pattern is written only (no charts).

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