Guinevere fingerless mittens
Guinevere fingerless mittens were inspired by Arthurian tales and coastal walks. I’m imagining mythical figures galloping along windswept beaches. A maiden is on a cliff top looking out to sea, maybe searching for her lover, while below her people are foraging for seaweeds and coastal flowers. Maybe they used these plants to dye yarns in the colours of these mittens!
The Guinevere fingerless mittens feature a floral stranded colourwork pattern on the back of hand and a small allover pattern on the palm. You knit them seamlessly from cuff to fingers, then knit the folk-style thumbs last, with no shaping necessary.
The pattern for Guinevere fingerless mittens is available to purchase as a digital pdf download from the Being Knitterly Ravelry Pattern store, or here as a printed pattern or as part of a kit, both with a free Ravelry digital download code.
Digital pdf pattern
Available from the Being Knitterly Ravelry Pattern store.
Printed pattern booklet
The A4 pattern has 6 pages including:
- Before You Start: notes, sizing, yarn, tension | gauge and abbreviations.
- Photo tutorial for the cable cast-on.
- Written instructions.
The kit contains:
- An A4 printed pattern booklet for Guinevere fingerless mittens;
- Sufficient Jamieson’s of Shetland, Spindrift to knit the largest size, as well as a small amount of a smooth similar weight waste yarn.
Palm circumference: 18 (19: 20: 21) cm | 7 (7 1/2: 7.3/4: 8 1/4) inches.
Finished palm circumference: 17 (18: 19: 20) cm | 6 3/4 (7: 7 1/4: 7 3/4) inches.
Finished length: 17 cm | 6 3/4 inches.
Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift (4 ply; 100% Shetland wool; 105 m | 115 yds per 25 g skein):
Blue flowers colour way:
Yarn A: Burnt Umber 1190: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn B: Oatmeal 337: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn C: Eesit 105: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn D: Nighthawk 1020: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn E: Cloud 764: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Purple flowers colour way:
Yarn A: Aubretia 1300: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn B: Lavender 617: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn C: Orchid 547: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn D: Violet 600: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Yarn E: Buttermilk 179: 1 (1: 1: 1) x 25 g skein.
Needles & Accessories
2.50 mm | UK 12 | US 1–2 of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
3.00 mm | UK 11 | US 3 of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
Gauge | Tension
35 sts and 35 rounds per 10 cm | 4 inches over stranded colourwork stocking stitch using 3.00 mm needles.
This pattern is available in two versions: the standard one for those who knit right-handed and an alternative one written for those who knit left-handed. If you purchase the printed pattern or kit and would like the pattern for knitting left-handed, please say so in your order notes at check out.
Most of you knit right-handed, that is, your stitches move from the left to right needle as you knit.
Some of you knit left-handed, that is, your stitches move from the right to left needle as you knit.
If you are a left-handed knitter who knits right-handed, that is your stitches move from the left to right needle, you should use the pattern for knitting right-handed.
Designer: Nicki Merrall (Being Knitterly).
Sample knitters: Nicki Merrall and Mary Leeson.