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Tolkowsky Mitts

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These fingerless mitts are not so fingerless!

The stylish and versatile Tolkowsky Mitts feature a long over-the-fingers cuff, which can be worn either folded back for ease of movement, or turned down to give extra warmth to the fingers. An easy after-thought thumb is placed in the middle of the mitt, meaning that they can be worn on either hand or indeed upside down, whist still providing the same fit!

Named after Marcel Tolkowsky, who calculated the first angles for the ‘ideal’ cut diamond, the Tolkowsky Mitts feature a bold geometric triangle and diamond colourwork pattern. The patterning is enhanced through the use of highly contrasting yarns: a dark main colour and a slightly variegated contrast colour. They would also work well with a pale background colour.

The Tolkowsky Mitts pattern has been fully tech-edited, and includes clear photographs, a colourwork chart and a schematic.

An accompanying cowl pattern is also available separately.

Two colours of Double Knit yarn: a solid shade for the MC and a semi-solid/slightly variegated shade for the CC. Amounts needed -
MC: approx. 60 g / approx. 145 m / 160 yds
CC: approx. 15 g / approx. 40 m / 45 yds
Sample mitts knitted in Countess Ablaze, Lord of Silk DK, (75% Falkland Merino, 25% mulberry silk),
240 m / 262 yds per 100 g
MC: The Black Parade colourway
CC: Ritual colourway

30 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4” over 2 x 2 rib pattern, after blocking.
27 sts x 30 rows = 10 cm / 4” over colourwork pattern, after blocking
3.25 mm / US 3 or size needed to achieve correct tension, double-pointed needles or circular needles for working in the round, in your preferred method
one stitch marker, waste yarn, tapestry needle

Sm/Med (Med/Lrg) to fit hand circumference of approx. 17 (20) cm / 6.75 (8)”,
with negative ease of 0-2 cm / 0-1” (see schematic in photos for details)


First published Nov 2017
You will get a PDF (3MB) file

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