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This design is simple but the many small details such as folded cuff, colorwork bobbles, flap and tubular bind-off make it special. Because of the ribbing, these mittens fit nicely on a wide range of hands making them a perfect gift.
The name comes from the colorwork section which reminds me of a twinkling star (tuiki tuiki means twinkle twinkle in Finnish).
The pattern works for a wide variety of yarn weights. You can use fingering, sport or light DK weight yarn or if you prefer a bit thicker yarn you can get size M mittens by making size S with gauge 25 sts per 4″ (10 cm). Note that the yardage may vary if you use a different yarn or gauge than the sample uses.
The pattern is written for the magic loop method but you can adjust it for the double pointed needles as well.
Sizes: S (M).
S fits small women’s and M fits medium women’s or small men’s hands with a circumference up to 7.4 (8.5)″ [19 (22) cm]. Length of hand and thumb can be adjusted based on hand size. These mittens have ribbing on them so they adapt well to a wide range of hand sizes.
Gauge, notions, needles
With smaller needles 28 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
With bigger needles 28 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stranded colorwork after blocking.
crochet hook, tapestry needle, scrap yarn. Size of the crochet hook does not matter as long as you can pick up the stitches for the flap with it.
It’s also possible to pick up the stitches without a hook.
Main needles: US 1.5 32″ [2.5mm 80cm] or longer circular needles.
Colorwork needles: US 3 32″ [3.25mm 80cm] or longer circular needles.
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.
For tubular bind-off and folded cuff (optional): spare needles (32″ [2.5mm 80cm] or longer circular needles) same size or smaller than your main needles. See special techniques section for tutorials on how to use those techniques without a spare needle.
Sample uses light DK weight wool and nylon blend Novita Nalle (284 yards (260 meters) / 100g and for the bobbles fingering weight wool and nylon blend Ruskanlehti Wool sock held in double (DK). It’s ok if the bobbles are made of different weight yarn or only a single strand of fingering weight yarn. Swatch and see if you like the result.
For size S approximately 142 yds / 130 m of both MC and CC should be enough. For size M 284 yds / 260 m.
The yardage for the colorwork bobbles depends on yarn weight you use. Fingering weight held double 11 yds / 10 m.
Note that the yardage may vary if you use different yarn or gauge.
BOR = beginning of round
CC = contrasting color
CC2 = second contrasting color
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = Knit 2 stitches together.
MC = main color
m1l = Make left leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back. Then knit into the back of the stitch.
m1r = Make right leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back to the front. Then knit into the front of this stitch
p = purl
pm = place marker
sl = slip stitch purlwise
sm = slip marker
st / sts = stitch / stitches
wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front
Tubular bind-off: in the pattern I provide steps how to do the tubular bind-off with the help of a spare needle.
For a tutorial how to do it without a spare needle see for instance this video.
Provisional cast on: Provisional cast on method is used for folding the cuff. See a video tutorial here.
You can fold the cuff also by picking up the stitches from a regular cast on edge. See a video tutorial here.