It‘s cold outside. Time to wrap your hands in warm mittens to brave the cold. Suddenly a phone call comes in or you want to capture your friend doing a flip while iceskating. Unwrapping is no option! These classic shaped mittens come with a twist: the mittens can be converted into mitts. Flip them over to use your fingertips.

The mittens are completely worked in rounds. Starting at the bottom with corrugated ribbing, the Fair Isle pattern is revealed as the pattern comes to the tip. The colourwork is inspired by the graphic artist M.C. Escher. His art had a strong mathematical component.

The Aran-weight yarn gives a warm thickness and makes it a quick project. Choose two contrasting colours to reveal the fractal.

The FRACTAL mittens are worked bottom up. The two-colored cast-on is continued by corrugated ribbing. The geometric Fair Isle motifs getting bigger as the tip is reached. The mittens are worked seamlessly.

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Donegal Yarns Aran Tweed, (100% Wool; 160 m / 174 yards per 100g)

• 1 skein in Petrol Blue (dark colour, DC)
50 g / 80 m / 87 yards used for the sample

• 1 skein in Sunflower (light colour, LC)
50 g / 80 m / 87 yards used for the sample


  • 4.0 mm / US # 6 circular needle, or DPNs if you prefer
  • 4.5 mm / US # 7 circular needle, or DPNs if you prefer, or size to obtain gauge
  • 4.0 mm / US # 6 crochet hook


18 sts x 24 rows = 10 cm / 4“ in stockinette stitch, using bigger needles


  • tapestry needle
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • stitch markers
  • 2 buttons



There is the possibility to make the mittens larger. The instructions tell you where the mittens can be lengthened.

Cable cast-on


  • knit and purl stitches
  • increases and decreases
  • fair isle
  • reading charts

The pattern comes in written and charted instructions.


Women‘s average


palm circumference: 18cm (7“)
length from tip to wrist: 24cm (9 1/4“)

The palm circumference of the model‘s hand is 19 cm (7 1/2“) and the mittens are worn with a 1/2“ negative ease.


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