deep ocean mittens

colorwork mittens

Waves and spirals gradually shift from deep ocean blue to bright blue skies on these dense, cozy mittens. Worked in a traditional style with an afterthought thumb, they have a simple construction, but lots of clever details— the front of the thumb pattern is a continuation of the palm’s high waves, and the cuff is edged with a clean I-cord. Wear them on all your seafaring exploits!


Average adult woman;
about 8" (20.5 cm) hand circumference and about 8.75" (22 cm) from cuff to tip.


Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine) in 6 colors:
135 yd (123 m) Color 1 40 yd (37 m) Colors 2–5 35 yd (32 m) Color 6.

Shown here: Elemental Affects Shetland Fingering (100% North American Shetland wool; 118 yd [107 m]/28 g): Color 1 White, 1 skein; Color 2 Dark Midn’t Blue, 1 skein; Color 3 Teal, 1 skein; Color 4 Agave, 1 skein; Color 5 Ocean Waves, 1 skein; Color 6 Agean Sea; 1 skein.


Ribbing: Size U.S. 0 (2.0 mm): set of dpn or long circular for magic-loop method.
Colorwork: Size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm): set of dpn or long circular for magic-loop method.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Stitch markers (m); fingering- weight waste yarn; tapestry needle; 2 U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) dpn for I-cord edging.


35 sts and 38 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in colorwork stitch pattern on larger needles.


This and all other Alterknit Stitch Dictionary patterns are only available in the book, not as individual downloads. Buy the book through Amazon or Interweave.