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Vertigo (Halloween Mystery Mittens 2020)

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Vertigo are a pair of stranded colorwork mittens inspired by the 1958 psychological thriller that portrays a character's descent into madness… or is it all just a deceitfully schemed plot?

Scenes from this classic movie directed by the Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, are depicted in these colorwork mittens. Pick two colors of (light) fingering-weight yarn with a good amount of contrast between them. Black and white is a classic combination but you don’t have to stick with neutrals.

The pattern comes in three sizes: 66, 70, or 74 sts. Right and left mittens are worked from separate colorwork charts. The pattern contains long floats; using the Ladderback Jacquard technique is recommended but not essential.

This pair of colorwork mittens was originally released as a mystery knit-along in nine clues in October 2020.

Share your project on Instagram with the hashtags #halloweenmysterymittens and #talviknits.


All proceeds are donated to IBE, the International Bureau for Epilepsy.


  • S [M, L]
  • 66 [70, 74] sts


  • Palm circumference: approx. 21.5 [22.5, 24] cm / 8½ [9, 9½]”
  • Length from top to wrist: approx. 25.5 cm / 10”



Holst Garn Supersoft (100% wool, 287 m/50 g, 314 yd/1.76 oz), 2 colors, or
Holst Garn Noble (95% wool, 5% cashmere, 333 m/50 g, 364 yd/1.76 oz), 2 colors
  • Main color (MC): 1 skein
  • Contrasting color (CC): 1 skein
Or (light) fingering-weight yarn, 2 colors
  • MC: approx. 155 [170, 185] m / 170 [185, 200] yd
  • CC: approx. 155 [170, 185] m / 170 [185, 200] yd


  • 2.25 mm / US #1 DPNs or circular needles for working small circumferences in the round (or size needed to obtain gauge)


  • Yarn guide or Norwegian knitting thimble (optional)
  • 4 stitch markers, 2 for each mitten
  • Stitch holder (for example, waste yarn or safety pin) for thumb stitches
  • Darning needle


The pattern uses the following techniques: working small circumferences in the round, ability to work stranded colorwork from a chart, color dominance, grafting, and whip stitch.

The pattern requires the ability for managing floats in colorwork; Ladderback Jacquard is recommended but references are given for a couple of alternatives.


You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (3MB)

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