Fond mittens


Cosy mittens in a cable and rib basketweave pattern. This knitting pattern uses Aran weight yarn and is quick to knit up, so it’s ideal for gifting or treating yourself!


The Fond mittens are an ideal starter project for knitters aspiring to knit fingered gloves one day.  You’ll be introduced to thumb gusset shaping whilst in the safe cocoon of a garter and rib texture, which is a beautifully elastic and fit-friendly fabric.  The stitch texture also provides excellent grip and comfort on cold days.  Only two skeins of yarn are needed to knit this textured mitten pattern, and you can stashbust by using a different colour for the cabled trim.

Four sizes are provided, which will fit palm circumferences 15 (18, 21, 24) cm [6 (7, 8¼, 9½) in].


The Fond mittens start with a strip of cable edging that forms the cuff.  Next, stitches are picked up and knitted along the row-end edges of this strip. The rest of the cuff is worked in a cable and rib basket weave pattern.

Increases are worked to create a thumb gusset in order to shape the hand.  After this, the hand stitches are left on a holder while the thumb is worked in garter stitch with stocking stitch ribs. The hand is then completed in broken rib and cable basket weave pattern, before the mitten is seamed together.

The second mitten is worked in the same way, with mirrored patterning.

The sample was knitted with Something to Knit with Aran.  Unfortunately this yarn is now discontinued.  However, any Aran yarn with a stocking stitch/stockingette tension of 18 sts x 24 rows to 10cm will be an excellent substitute.  Please visit YarnSub for more guidance, and make sure you knit a test swatch!

This textured mitten pattern is also part of the Something to Knit Together Winter Edition.  Other pieces in this collection include the:

This five-piece collection was produced in collaboration with A-C Techniques.  You can buy single patterns here, but the complete collection is also available from A-C Techniques’ Ravelry shop.

There are also several finished projects on Ravelry to inspire you – many knitters have enjoyed making their Fond mittens!

Special Techniques
  • Picking up stitches (photo and video tutorial)
  • Working cables with and without a cable needle (photo and video tutorial)

You can also visit  AC Techniques’ YouTube channel for more video tutorials, which also include help with finishing techniques.

Look at more Natalie in Stitches knitting patterns by visiting the Garments or Accessories sections of the shop or the Design Portfolio.

Fond mittens


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