Big winds and waves have transformed the Irish Brandon Bay into one of Europe’s premier kitesurfing destinations. Stradbally is one of the towns at the bay.

Inspired by the place, these mitts are rustic and soft at the same time. They’re worked in half fisherman’s rib with the thick plain-knitted ribs giving way to one wave.

The mitts are worked bottom-up. Starting with a provisional tubular cast-on and (k1, p1) ribbing, the stitch pattern switches to half fisherman’s rib with a relief formed by cabling.

The pattern showcases not only semi-solids, but also variegated one-of-a-kind yarns.

Matching mitts: Stradbally mitts

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The Fibre Co. Arranmore light (80% wool, 10% silk, 10% cashmere), 300 m / 328 yds per 100 g (DK weight)

• 1 x 100 g skein in Narin Beach
62 g / 186 m / 204 yards used for the sample

Tipp: The used yarn is a woolen spun yarn. It will bloom when washed. If you choose a worsted spun yarn, I recommend using a thicker yarn.


  • 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


20 sts x 46 rows = 10 cm / 4” in half fisherman‘s rib with thicker needles (after washing and drying)


  • tapestry needle
  • 6 stitch markers
  • optional: cable needle



Recommended cast-on method
For a neater look, I recommend using the provisional tubular cast on as outlined here:…
If you prefer, use a stretchy cast-on like the long-tail method.

Provisional tubular cast-on:

Half fisherman‘s rib:

Cabling without a cable needle



  • knit and purl stitches
  • increases and decreases
  • cables (see also tutorial under helpful links)
  • half fisherman’s rib (see also tutorial under helpful links)
  • special cast-on (see also tutorial under helpful links)
  • special bind-off (see also tutorial under helpful links)

The pattern comes in written and charted instructions.


head circumference: S [M, L] / 51 [56, 61] cm / 20 [22, 24]”


height: 26 [29, 32] cm / 10.25 [11.5, 12.5]” tall from CO to top
circumference: 33 [38, 43] cm / 13 [15, 17]” unstretched

Shown in size M on a 57 cm / 22.5” circumference head.


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James Bartley