Rose Window Mittens

  • A pair of mittens knit to look like cathedral stained glass windows.
  • A pair of hands displayed palms open and up to show the allover patterning on the palms.
  • A pair of hands folded in a lap. The hands are sproting a pair of mittens knit to look like cathedral stained glass windows.
  • A pair of mittens knit to look like cathedral stained glass windows laid flat on a rocky surface.

Inspired by the vivid colours of the stained-glass windows found in gothic architecture, the Rose Window Mittens are a chance to let those single skeins of variegated or speckled yarns in your stash shine on a neutral background.

This pattern is for you if… You love experimenting with colour, you’ve got some scrap yarns you’d like to mix and match, you prefer a mitten with a rounded end.

Move along if… Solid yarns are more to your taste.

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Pattern Details


Small/Medium (Medium/Large): 7.5 (8)” / 19 (20) cm circumference; 10.5 (11)” / 27 (28) cm long


Approx. 161 yards (147 meters) / 31.9 grams (1.2oz) of fingering weight yarn in main colour (MC); solids are recommended.
Approx. 146 yards (133 meters) / 36.3 grams (1.3oz) of fingering weight yarn in contrast colour (CC); tonal, variegated, or speckled yarns are recommended.

Sample knit in: baa ram ewe Pip Colourwork (127 yards/116 meters per 25 grams / 0.88 oz; 100% wool; 1 skein) in colour Coal; Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering (450 yards/411 meters per 113 grams/3.99oz; 100% superwash merino wool; 1 skein) in colour Speckled Iris.

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18 stitches and 16 rows = 2″/5cm in colourwork


Size A: US 2/2.75mm double pointed needles, or size necessary to obtain gauge
Size B: US 1/2.25mm double pointed needles, or one size smaller Size A


2 stitch markers, waste yarn for holding thumb stitches, tapestry needle for weaving in ends


knitting in the round, reading a colourwork chart, tacking floats, increasing stitches using M1L or M1R, decreasing stitches using four different methods, picking up and knitting held stitches, grafted ends

Stitch patterns are charted only.

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