Project: Austria Mittens

I finished my Austria Mittens just in time for the end of NaKniMitMo2015!
Austria MittensI call these my Austria Mittens, because I bought the beautiful hand painted yarn (Wollgarnspinnerei Ferner Lace handgefärbt) at a small knitting store in Melk, Austria this past December. I was attracted to the pinks, reds and purples in it. My husband Matt suggested it would look great as colorwork in mittens and I think he was right. The design is based on traditional Austrian embroidery and textile designs.
IMG_4950A few notes on this pattern:

1. The hand painted yarn I used was actually lace weight not fingering. I used Knit Picks Palette which is fingering for the black yarn. I was still able to get the gauge I usually get when knitting with just Palette, though I did have to pay a little more attention to it. Some people say Palette is a thin fingering, so this may have helped too. In the pattern, I suggest you use two fingering yarns.

2. I have long fingers and often find the thumbs on mittens aren’t long enough for me so this pattern has a 3 inch thumb. If you find that is going to be too long for you, here is a chart for a 2.5 inch thumb.
austrian mittens short thumb
Now I just need to figure out what to do with the remaining 400+ yards of this beautiful yarn.

Austria Mittens

Download the Austria Mittens Pattern or just the Austria Mittens Chart

Women’s size medium: 7.5 inches around and 7.5 inches long (hand only) plus 3 inch cuff.


  • 40 grams (about 200 yards) Fingering yarn
  • 20 grams (about 110 yards) Contrasting fingering yarn (I used hand painted yarn)
  • Four size 1 double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge)
  • Stitch marker
  • Scrap fingering yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch (correct gauge is important to get the started size)

This pattern has only ever been knit by me. It has not been tested or edited by a technical editor. If you notice any typos or problems please let me know.

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