Twined Fingerless Mitts Kit


In Sweden, as long ago as the 17th century a form of knitting was practiced called tvåändsstickning, or two-end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center-pull ball of yarn (wound of either one or two colors of yarn), the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability, as well as elasticity which approaches that of spandex! This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments.

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This kit consists of the pattern, two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor yarns as well as a few yards of contrast yarn for the cast-on and the braid at the hand, all in a see-through zippered project bag.

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor Yarns are soft, worsted-spun, 3-ply DK spun yarns that give beautiful definition to twined knitting motifs.  Made of 100% American Targhee wool, these yarns are springy and a delight to work with! (1.75 oz./145 yards per skein).  They are NOT superwash yarns.

There are four different color options:

Tincture (mustard) with Alizarin (red) details

Ranier (blue) with Wreath (green) details

Wreath (green) with Tincture (mustard) details

Alizarin (red) with Tincture (mustard) details

There is also a matching hat pattern and matching hat kit.

The pattern includes many techniques, such as a Twined Knitting cast-on, and numerous Technique Boxes with photos:  Preparing the Yarn, Twined Knitting, Twined Purling, the Basic Units of Design: the Deep Knit Stitch, the Crook stitch, the “O” stitch, Chain Path, the Twined Increase, and the Crooked Thumb Gusset.  In other words, it is assumed the knitter has not twined knitted before, so this pattern serves as a mini-class!

Directions are given for both the right and left mitts, rather than saying to reverse shaping, and charts are included using the traditional twined knitting symbols. There are suggested books for further study, a schematic, and a list of abbreviations included.

The pattern explains the use of S and Z twist yarns; twined knitting is traditionally worked with “Z-plied” yarns. These are not easy to find in some places, so the knitter is encouraged to use conventional yarns, such as the s-plied yarns included in this kit.  The cuff is decorated with different motifs, and a medallion motif is worked on the hand.

Sizes: Small-Medium Child (Medium Adult, Large Adult)

Finished Measurements:  Wrist Circumference- 6-1/2 (7-1/2, 8-3/4)”/ 16.5 (19, 22.25) cm;  Total Length-6 1/4 (7, 9)”/ 15.75 (17.85, 22.75) cm

Gauge: 22 sts and 24 rnds/ 4″ (10 cm) in twined St st.

Materials Needed

  • Yarn: Two 2-oz. skeins of DK weight yarn and several yards of a contrast color yarn for the cast-on.
  • Needles: A set of five US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (not included)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holder, tapestry needle (not included)

Care: Handwash and lay flat to dry.  These yarns are NOT superwash.

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 8 × 2 in

Alizarin (Red), Tincture (Mustard), Wreath (Green), Ranier (Blue), Butte (Brick)