Sheringham Mitts Pattern


These fingerless mitts designed with gansey motifs documented in eastern England include interesting techniques and knitted with a fine yarn.


Starting with the Channel Island Cast-on, these mitts have a buttoned garter stitch cuff which forms a keyhole opening below the wrist. The One-Row Buttonhole is described for the cuff. A modified I-cord edge gives the opening a finished look.  Traditional motifs, one documented in the town of Sheringham, are worked into the cuff and the hand, and the thumb is developed with a gusset. Both the thumb and the hand are finished off with garter stitch, bound off with the Channel Island Bind-off, first created by Michelle Hunter.

The garment directions, charts, Theory and Technique Boxes with photographs are included, as well as a discussion of the use of backing buttons and sewing buttons onto knitwear. In addition are a list of abbreviations and books suggested for further reading. The gauge for this pattern is 40 sts and 58 rnds/4 inches (10 cm) and requires a fine fingering or lace weight yarn.

Size range:

Woman’s Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large).

Hand circumference: 61/2 (7, 71/2, 8)” (16.5 [18, 19, 20.5] cm).

Length: 61/2 (61/2, 71/4, 7 1/4)” (16.5 [16.5, 18.5, 18.5] cm).




#1 Light fingering or lace weight: 211 (214, 255, 273) yds (193 [196, 233, 250] m). Suggested: Brown Sheep Nature Spun

Fingering, 100% wool, 13/4 oz/310 yds (50g/283m) : 1 skein.


Size U.S. 00 (1.75 mm): 16″ (40 cm) long circular and set of 5 double-pointed needles.

Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct


Stitch markers (m), stitch holders, tapestry needle, two

1/4″to ⅜” (6–9 mm) pearl shank buttons, two 1/4″ to ⅜” (6–9

mm) clear backing buttons, sewing needle, thread.