Cotton Reel Mittens

Fun, colourful mittens that can be made either fingerless or with closed tops to keep your fingers toasty warm.


    They combine traditional stranded colourwork techniques and shaping, with a simple and modern geometric pattern. The cuffs begin with an I-cord edging that creates little loops for hanging or for attaching an optional string, because even grown ups can lose their mittens and you put too much work into these for that! Colourful reels of cotton inspired my friend Natalie’s wonderful dyeing. The colourwork pattern also echoes the shape of the ends of the reels, like the prints I made from them as a child.


    The most recent update contained only changes to the layout, the previous version (cotton-reel-mittens.1.2.pdf) is also correct.

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36 sts and 36 rnds = 4˝ / 10cm in stranded colourwork.




Full version: 130yds / 118m, fingerless version: 100yds / 92m each of 2 colours of fingering weight (4ply) yarn.
Shown in Yarn Yard Clan(100% merino, 230 yds / 210m, 2.3oz / 65g) in Botanic and Electric for full version and Happy and Doodle for fingerless version.

Needles and notions

US 3 / 3.25mm dpns or long circular(s) for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.

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