Dec 11, 2016

Pattern | Kintra Mitts

Kintra is an early American colloquialism for family, friends and folks nearby. It personifies the spirit of this fast, easy and reversible design, which is so simple and versatile, you can quickly create fingerless mitts to warm the hands (and hearts) of kith and kin near and far.

To help you accomplish this, the pattern includes two easy slipped rib stitches that are completely unisex, identical on both sides and highly adaptable. By mixing and matching your stitch, yarn and color choices, you can tailor Kintra to suit everyone on your knitting list.

Worked flat and highly portable, both stitches produce stretchy ribbed fabrics that hug the hand without additional shaping. As an added plus, the no-fuss thumb openings make these mitts especially versatile, since they can also be worn as scrunchy wristers, gauntlets or folded cuffs.

Briefly, the:

  • Two slipped stitches are extremely easy to execute, equally easy to memorize and produce a stretchy reversible fabric.
  • Flat construction keeps work compact and portable, so you can work mitts anytime and anywhere.
  • Elements like simple accent stripes allow you to tailor each pair to your tastes or those of the recipient.
  • Pattern is simple enough for any moderately experienced beginner. It's concise but complete, and includes directions, stitch counts, yardage and dimensions for five sizes.
  • Yarn choice is completely up to you, but for best results choose something with a bit of memory (wool and wool blends work beautifully). Written for sport weight, the pattern readily adapts to other weights and multi-stranding.
  • Design is versatile and unisex, suitable for all ages, and can be worked in different yarns and countless combinations. 

Skill Level 2: Easy
Yarn: Sport weight

Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Sizes: XS to XL (fits palms from 4 to 9.5 inches in circumference)
Yardage (approx.): 80 to 120 yards

In addition to the two slipped stitches, the pattern includes directions for four design options and five sizes (XS to XL). Written for sport weight yarn with a bit of memory, it readily adapts to virtually any yarn weight or fiber you might choose.

The option is yours. You can follow the pattern as written, or use the Quick Reference guide and helpful tips, tricks and easy modification ideas to tailor each pair to your liking.

Choose muted neutrals for a classic look, or go bold with brights, subtle with earth tones, whimsical with rainbow shades. Opt for gradient or ombre yarn, or use a cluster of closely related shades to craft your own.  Add a luxe touch with premium yarns, texture with rustic tweeds, a fresh look with speckled or variegated yarns, or a soft sheen with wool-silk blends.

Fast, fun and versatile, Kintra is perfect for purpose-bought yarn or singleton skeins from stash. Either way, this design works up quickly, so you can make mitts for family, friends and everyone you deem knitworthy.

To view the Ravelry description and purchase the pattern, click here. (Remember, you don't have to be a Ravelry member to buy patterns!)


Want to learn more? See FO | Simple Mitts, FO | Kintra Mitts Nearly Neutral, and Little Things, Big Difference.
Shopping at your favorite LYS? All patterns are activated for in-store sales.
Experimenting with color combos? These articles offer ideas and inspiration.


  1. I really am intrigued by your post about this mitts. I am unsure how to access the pattern. Do you have a link for a download to purchase? I love your knitting projects. You have a great eye for colors.

    1. Sally, thank you for your kind words, I'm so glad you like this design.

      I can understand your confusion, the embedded links to buy and download the pattern weren't working, but they should function now.

      To purchase the pattern, click the pattern title (Kintra Mitts | Fast, Easy & Reversible) or the bold words "click here." Both links take you to Ravelry, where you can purchase and download the pattern (even if you're not a Ravelry member).

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention!


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