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Marilla's Mittens

Marilla's Mittens

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These mittens are inspired by the book series Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. I’d like to think that these are the mittens that Anne begs and begs and begs Marilla for… Which Marilla grudgingly acquiesces to. Who needs bobbles, cables, and lacework in a mitten?

Nevertheless, Marilla won’t be outdone by the other knitters in town, and she applies herself to the design of these mittens rather industriously. Being a practical soul at heart, Marilla could never just knit mittens. She’s worked out fingerless, convertible, and full length versions to get Anne through every season and occasion.

Even though they are quite a bit more decorated than Marilla is used to, I imagine that they would become a secret source of pride for her. Throughout the novels, Marilla always shows that little secret joy… The satisfaction of knowing you are very good at a particular handiwork skill… and the little pretty touches to things that Anne has encouraged and pushed Marilla to explore… Bringing joy and artistry to everyday garments.

These mittens will bring you that same satisfaction and joy in the making… as well as keep you warm, whatever version you need for your particular life.

Part of the Anne of Green Gables collection.

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Pattern Details

Size Selection

Youth (Adult A, B, C) with the finished hand circumference of 6.5 (7, 7.75, 8.5)” / 16.5 (17.5, 19.5, 21.5) cm. Youth size designed to fit ages 6-8.

The hand length for the full length/convertible versions is 5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5)” measured from the start of hand, adjustable in 1” / 2.5 cm increments.

The hand length of the fingerless version is 4 (4.5, 5.125, 5.5)” / 10 (11.5, 13, 14) cm.

Yarn Selection & Yardage

1 skein of Woollentwine Fibre Studio BFL/Masham DK (75% Bluefaced Leicester + 25% Masham Sheep; 262 yards / 240 meters per 100g)


DK weight yarn in the following amounts:

Full length and convertible: 119 (150, 168, 209) yards / 109 (137, 154, 191) meters

Fingerless: 90 (108, 121, 150) yards / 82 (100, 110, 137) meters

Samples shown in Size A in colorway ‘Lavender’ for convertible version, ‘Plum’ for fingerless version.

Gauge & Recommended Needles


24 stitches and 32 rounds = 4×4” / 10×10 cm, stockinette stitch knit in the round, with larger needles


Needles suitable for knitting small circumferences in the round such as DPN’s, magic loop, or two circulars in the following sizes: Ribbing: US3 / 3.25 mm, or two sizes smaller than size to obtain gauge. Body: US5 / 3.75 mm, or size to obtain gauge

If magic loop is used, note that the convertible version will require either two circulars or DPN’s, as the two sides of the mitten are worked on different needles in that section.

You'll also need...

2 unique markers for BOR and side, 3 regular st markers

Skills Required

  • Working in the round and back and forth.
  • Working in small circumferences using DPN, magic loop, or other method.
  • Working increases and/or decreases at given intervals.
  • Setting aside a part of a work to come back to later.
  • Using DPN's to work two different needle sizes and gauges for a short interval to work ribbing at the same time as the rest of the pattern.
  • Knitting lace with decreases and yarnovers in repeats, from a written or charted pattern.
  • Knitting cable crossings, with or without a cable needle, from a written or charted pattern.
  • Mattress stitch seaming.

Accessibility and Pattern Formats

  • Large format pattern file included, with 22 pt font, black text on white background, and no italic formatting text.
  • All charts have written alternative.

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Pattern Credits

  • Tech Editing: Jessica Schwab
  • Sample Knitting: Aimee Sher
  • Sample Knitting: Roxanne Stever
  • Photos: Roy and Aimee Sher