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Winter Twilight Mitts

Jul 24, 2008
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Designer: Laura Rintala
Published: July 25, 2008

Skill Level: Intermediate Intermediate

Colorwork trees worked in a fine gauge make light-as-air mitts perfect for warming cold hands on winter days—be it all dressed up at work or just to cozy up while knitting at home.

Finished Size: 6" hand circumference and 9" long.

Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply (100% cashmere: 400 yd [366 m]/55 g): #30 la nuit (black; MC) and #015 smokey mountain (purple multi; CC), 1 skein each.

Needles: Size 1½ (2.5 mm): set of 5 doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holder; markers (m).

Gauge: 36 sts and 47 rnds = 4" in stranded colorwork.

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AngelaM@31 wrote
on Sep 14, 2009 8:12 PM

I went through all the frustration too, but then decided to check it in IE, and it worked.  For some reason, none of the free downloads want to work with Firefox, and kept requiring me to sign in, then wouldn't accept my signin.

So if you're having issues, try a browser other than Firefox.

Jdylandevon wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 9:16 PM
These are soo beautiful and I first saw them on Ravelry and fell in love. I am so glad to finally find the pattern to go with them...thank-you!
Gardenowl wrote
on Jan 15, 2009 7:04 PM
I will make these during spring break. I will then knit with them on from that day forward. There are several newbies above me when it comes to knitting, so they claim. I am a "new knitter" the beauty of knitting is that it is an art, one destined for exploration. I find the better the materials, the more care I give my project. If you have never done something than to start with real inspiration is the only place to start, so what if there are flaws. The great hand-woven rugs of the East all have flaws, it is mandated, as to remember we are not perfect. I cannot afford much, I am a single mother in school through a disability program. What we really want, or what we love we can and will find the means to justify, sacrifice for and obtain. I love cashmere, I prefer alpaca. My mitts will be alpaca. Above a lady reminisced about the mid-western winter night sky, she is so right. It is -10 outside right now and this is exactly what our sky looks like right now. Thank You for these treasures and thank you for not excluding me with a price tag on these little peaces of heaven.
Shawn wrote
on Jan 13, 2009 8:28 PM
Thank you for publishing the Winter Twilight Mitts pattern: it’s beautiful. I’m doing a sunset sky with Panda Silk Cranberry Tones. This is the first stranded color work I actually expect to finish, and I’ve ripped it out twice all ready =) I have a question about the chart: it’s drawn as if the thumb portion is right aligned. IE, the new stitches go into the first pre-existing column, and push all the existing stitches one column over to the left. For the pattern to look the same on the knitting as it does on the chart, the increases would have to be at the end of the chart instead of in the middle, as indicated. In actual working, with the increases in the middle, the block is left aligned: the new stitches start a brand new column, and the black slanty line up the left of the chart is actually a column. But it looks like the pattern of branches is drawn so it looks pretty on the chart, rather than looking pretty when knit. I charted it out, and there are indeed floating black portions that don’t connect up. Here's my chart so you can see what I mean: So, am I doing this wrong? I interpreted the pattern as calling for a single increase in each box marked M1 (one while reading right to left, and the second while coming back). This puts two increase lines straight up along the edge of the hand, dividing the thumb fabric from the hand fabric. Is that incorrect? Maybe I’m doing something else wrong entirely? Thank you for your help!
NancyR@2 wrote
on Jan 9, 2009 1:25 PM
I saw this pattern and simply had to make them as Christmas gifts for my two dearest knitting companions and myself...made each of them as fingertipless gloves (partial fingers instead of ending at the knuckles) in three different color combos....Fabulous hits! Each set used a half skein of the cashmere (each color), so if you're knitting for two people who are willing to have matching mitts, you can get two pairs for the price of one!
kumar43 wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 3:16 PM
Those are gorgeous!
TheresaB wrote
on Nov 18, 2008 7:07 PM
I finished one of these, but did it with size 2 needles as none of my LYS's had 1.5's. I'm about to frog it because it's just too big. I was worried initially that they wouldn't fit my hand anyway, but they seem to run large. Otherwise they're fabulous! Hope this helps anyone else making them.
Leilani wrote
on Nov 17, 2008 4:54 PM
My grandaughter saw these and asked for them for Christmas. I went to my nearest yarn store and they did not have the cashmere in the needed colors but did have a fingering yarn in alpaca that was hand painted. The colors were perfect plus it was on sale for less than half the price of the cashmere. Alpaca is nice too! It is working up as expected and is perfect. From the picture no one will guess this is not the yarn pictured. They are beautiful.
kathywoody wrote
on Oct 27, 2008 9:59 PM

wow, so beautiful. thank you very much. :)

HildaP wrote
on Sep 23, 2008 11:18 PM

Thanks so much... just beautiful..

VirginiaN wrote
on Sep 2, 2008 11:43 AM

i have a question, is there a chance that i can make this pattern in a larger weight yarn?

I have to make these fingerless mittens!

TinaMKirk wrote
on Aug 22, 2008 3:26 PM

For those (like me) who know they'd certainly mess up trying to read the chart backwards for the second mitt, here's a tip.  If you copy the chart to your clipboard (click on the little camera in Adobe, select the chart, and hit copy) you can paste it to a Publisher document and flip it (go Arrange in the menue and select flip horizontal).  This will create a mirror image.

Good luck!  I just bought some Malabrigo  - Pearl Ten 69 and Emerald 135.  This is the softest wool!  It's not cashmere, but I love how it feels.  And you can't beat the price ($11.00 for a 470 yard skein) Cant wait to cast on.

Thanks a ton for this pattern!!

CharleneD wrote
on Aug 15, 2008 9:56 PM


CoralS wrote
on Jul 30, 2008 1:46 PM

These are so gorgeous. Can't wait to make them!

crookshanks wrote
on Jul 29, 2008 12:35 PM

I was wondering HOW you do it. Like, how do you knit colorwork from a chart? Is it the same as how you make stripes, or is it something like Stranded Color or Intarsia (which I do not know how to do - yet if I need to learn for this). It would be really helpful if someone cleared this up. Thanx!

SolveighK wrote
on Jul 29, 2008 7:58 AM

How lovely!  Remind me of stained glass windows in a way!  Very nice.  Thanks for another treasure to add to my trove.  


CatS wrote
on Jul 28, 2008 11:34 PM

Cena5280  - I can see the different colored squares on the graph, so the pattern is working - perhaps you need to upgrade your Adobe Acrobat?

MelissaH wrote
on Jul 27, 2008 2:09 PM

I haven't yet attempted to make fingerless mitts, mittens or gloves, as I feel my skills are still at the beginner's level.  But, I miust say, I am going to attempt to make these.  Just wanted to let you know these are quite possibly the most beautiful fingerless mitts/gloves I've ever seen!  Simply exquisite and a work of art, in my humble opinion!

Anonymous wrote
on Jul 27, 2008 6:02 AM

I love these mittens , but can't seem to download them . I have tried to save  it and tried to open it .

Please help me  on why I can't  download them

klsdavis1 wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 5:45 PM

Karen D.

Tabitha-The fabric will be firmer, but it will have flex if you are careful to keep the yarn a little loose when you change colors.  

I haven't looked at the instructions yet, but these will use a good bit of yarn because usually in color stranded knitting the color not being knit is carried across the back of the stitches.  It makes the fabric thicker and warmer.

klsdavis1 wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 5:27 PM

Karen D.

The Twilight Mitts are really beautiful.  I live in California now, but I love winter and these are perfect reminders of the black winter trees of Ohio.  I'm going to make them for my daughters-in-law (cold hands in Illinois).  I looked at these just yesterday and decided I should buy the pattern.  Don't worry, I'll buy another instead, so many pretty ones.  Thank you.

MarrthaD wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 2:49 PM

I wish you would include the wpi on these downloaded patterns, so I can more easily substitute a yarn I can afford.  I love Cashmere - anybody want to GIVE it to me? Otherwise, I need to substitute.

Lynn G. wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 1:59 PM

Eliza and PamelaV, I'm no expert, but you might be able to use a heavier gauge yarn and go up a needle size or two to make the mitts larger (just magnify the pattern basically), and you could probably figure out how to alter the length if it became too long by doing this magnification.

Ella wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 12:31 PM

Luv the mitts!  Am not a computer genius and wonder why when I download the pattern, all of the squares on the pattern grid are totally blank!!  Any advice?  These are sooooo gorgeous and a perfect gift for my best friend.

Eliza wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 8:12 AM

6" hand circumference is really small. I have an 8" hand circumference, which I don't think is so unusual. Any advice on how to make them larger??

LeslieB wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 6:53 AM

Nummers, I want to make a pair and I usually refrain from using anyone else's patterns, but my Halloween loving daughter would absolutely love them

PamelaV wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 6:21 AM

Any hints on the best way to make these bigger for a man? One of the editors I work with always has cold hands in the winter in our office (well, we all do, actually). I would do up the colors more subtly or perhaps skip the design altogher and just use a tweedy wool.


SusanS@11 wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 5:17 AM

Re: Francesca's thought on gloves or mittens...would be simple to turn these into mittens. Skip the black band and knit with the purple to extend the twilight sky above the tree branches. Then decrease as you would for the tip of any mitten. You could continue branches, or not, to do the same for the thumb. A little more complicated to make gloves but doable. You'd have to consider where the finger divides would start for your hand. I'd chart gloves before you started knitting to keep on track. I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner but anybody with experience who enjoys a bit of a challenge should go for it. I'm heading out to the yarn store!

DeanaU wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 11:04 PM

I just have to have these, as soon as my sisters see them they'll want them too!

Franzesca wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 10:02 PM

Love the Mits Keep up the great work!!!!!!

Francesca wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 9:36 PM

As lovely as these are, can we please have some full glove (or at least mitten) patterns at least as often as all these mitt patterns? Mitts just make me feel silly.

SusanP@2 wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 8:26 PM

Lovely, a really pretty colourwork mitt! Thank you.

WellerS wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 5:35 PM

Approx ow much of each skein do you really use? I can't imagine 400 yds from each.

loopy1 wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 5:01 PM

Very pretty mitts! It must be fine yarn that is called for and I'm wondering about substitutions. Would you substitute a fingering weight or sport weight? I don't knit a lot and I also have a question about the dpn. I assume the whole project is worked with dpn? When I first looked at needles required, I thought regular needles were required as well as dpn. That's not correct, is it.

tabitha wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 4:42 PM

These are lovely.  I haven't done a lot of stranded colorwork.  How much flex does it have?  Will it be less forgiving of sizing errors or gauge wobbles?

Kate Manning wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 4:38 PM

Thank you...these are glorious ! I hope it is cold and snowy next week (as if THAT is even a possibility), so I can get inspired to knit them NOW !

DennineD wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 4:15 PM

Thanks! These have landed near the top of my to do list.

MarilouM wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 4:05 PM

These almost make me look forward to cold weather again!

ChristinaC wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 3:50 PM

ooo' I like. I'm gonna have to make myself a pair of these. I wouldn't even change the colors.

NoraL@2 wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 3:13 PM

I cannot believe how lovely these are! And free! How kind of you!  Many thanks.

WillaB wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 12:45 PM

So pretty!