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Broken Reflection Mitts are worked bottom up and in the round. They begin and end with a 2x1 twisted ribbing. Alternating sets of elongated caliper cables are framed by simple right and left crossed cables. The palm and thumb gussets are worked in stockinette st. These mitts are symmetrical and specific to the right or left hand. They can be worked on circular or double pointed needles. Instructions are provided so that you can easily work all the cables without a cable needle. The pattern includes written instructions, charts, and a schematic. Working from a chart is optional.

Knitting Pattern Details

Suggested yarn: Yarn Used: Gigi Bonin Hand Dyed Yarns Gigi DK, (100% Merino; 231 yds / 211 m per skein); sample uses 1 skein of color Creek Bed.

Yarn weight:
DK (11 wpi)

Yarn Substitution:
Any DK weight yarn 

51 - 63 (56 - 68, 79 - 97) yds / 47 - 58 (51 - 62, 72 - 89) m

Skills Needed: K2tog, ssk, ktbl, p2tog, slipping stitches, magic loop. Instructions provided for the following: elongated st, cables without cable needle, stretchy long tail cast on, knitted cast on, and modified standard bind off.

Needles: US #3 (3.25 mm) is recommended or size to obtain gauge. 32” / (80 cm) circular needle or longer for magic loop, or US #3 (3.25 mm) double-point needles 6” / (15 cm) long, or size to obtain gauge.

Size: S (M, L); 7 (7.5, 8)” / 18 (19, 20) cm; (sample shown in size S).

Finished Measurements: Palm Circumference 6.25 (6.75, 7.25)” / 16 (17, 18.5) cm. Length: mitt is worked to desired length.
Picking A Size: Choose a size closest to actual palm circumference. Designed to be worn with up to .75”; (2 cm) negative ease after blocking.

Notions Required: Stitch holder, tapestry needle, unique BOR stitch marker or removable stitch marker, 1 - 3 stitch markers, scrap yarn, cable needle if desired.

  • Written Instructions
  • Charts - working from a chart is optional.
  • Schematic
  • Swatch Instructions
  • Special Technieques section with written instructions for making elongated caliper cables, working cables without a cable needle, stretchy long tail cast-on, knitted cast-on, and modified standard bind-off.


My one-year anniversary as a designer is a time of gratitude and reflection for me. For about 6 months, I have been playing with elongated caliper cables, putting them on a shawl, cowl, hat, and now fingerless mitts.

We make plans for our lives and set goals to get us there. However, as they say, life is what happens while you’re out making plans. It can cause us to fall apart in unexpected ways. But there’s grace and beauty to be found as we’re picking up the broken pieces. Broken Reflection rearranges the pieces of a cable that were once whole. As I was designing the mitts, it occurred to me that I was also working out recent life changes. Arranging and rearranging the bits, with love, patience, and acceptance, I’m moving towards the next season of my life with a well-seasoned heart and spirit.


This pattern is a copyright of Brenda Schack of BrenJS Knits. Credit must be given to BrenJS Knits when selling items made from this pattern. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes. Please share your work with the hashtag #brokenreflectionmitts and #brenjsknits so that I can admire your knitting!
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