Gansey Style Accessories: Sheringham Mitts

Fingerless mitts are fun to wear and give just enough warmth on a chilly day, and the finely knit Sheringham Mitts from Beth Brown Reinsel’s Gansey Style Accessories are perfect for just that!

Image courtesy of David Baum

These elegant mitts are knitted using a light fingering yarn, which affords more detail. The pattern adorning the cuff comes from the northeast of England, while the patterning on the hand is borrowed from an old gansey motif that can be traced specifically to the seaside town of Sheringham. These mitts are worked in combination of flat and circular knitting and feature thoughtfully feminine touches such as a Channel Island cast-ons and bind-off for slightly scalloped edging, and an elegant “keyhole” opening just below the wrist.

Pattern Detail

Finished Size
Woman’s Small (Medium, Large, Extra Large).
Hand circumference: 6½ (7, 7½, 8)” (16.5 [18, 19, 20.5] cm).
Length: 6½ (6½, 7¼, 7 ¼)” (16.5 [16.5, 18.5, 18.5] cm)
Sample shown measures 7½” (19 cm) foot circumference.

#1 Light fingering weight: 211 (214, 255, 273) yds (193 [196, 233, 250] m).
Shown here: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus (100% American-grown superwash Merino wool, 500 yds [457 m]/4 oz [113 g]): Spicy Mustard, 1 skein.

Size US 00 (1.75 mm): 16″ (40 cm) long circular (cir) and set of 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Stitch markers (m), stitch holders, tapestry needle, two ¼”to 3/8″ (6–9 mm) pearl shank buttons, two ¼” to 3/8″ (6–9 mm) clear backing buttons.

40 sts and 58 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

All photos by David Baum.

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