Marilla’s Mittens

These mittens are inspired by the book series Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. I’d like to think that these are the mittens that Anne begs and begs and begs Marilla for… Which Marilla grudgingly acquiesces to. Who needs bobbles, cables, and lacework in a mitten?

Nevertheless, Marilla won’t be outdone by the other knitters in town, and she applies herself to the design of these mittens rather industriously. Being a practical soul at heart, Marilla could never just knit mittens. She’s worked out fingerless, convertible, and full length versions to get Anne through every season and occasion.

Even though they are quite a bit more decorated than Marilla is used to, I imagine that they would become a secret source of pride for her. Throughout the novels, Marilla always shows that little secret joy… The satisfaction of knowing you are very good at a particular handiwork skill… and the little pretty touches to things that Anne has encouraged and pushed Marilla to explore… Bringing joy and artistry to everyday garments.

These mittens will bring you that same satisfaction and joy in the making… as well as keep you warm, whatever version you need for your particular life.

Youth (Adult A, B, C) with the finished hand circumference of 6.5 (7, 7.75, 8.5)” / 16.5 (17.5, 19.5, 21.5) cm. Youth size designed to fit ages 6-8.

The hand length for the full length/convertible versions is 5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5)” measured from the start of hand, adjustable in 1” / 2.5 cm increments.

The hand length of the fingerless version is 4 (4.5, 5.125, 5.5)” / 10 (11.5, 13, 14) cm.

24 stitches and 32 rounds = 4×4” / 10×10 cm, stockinette stitch knit in the round, with larger needles

Yarn + Yardage
1 skein of Woollentwine Fibre Studio BFL/Masham DK (75% Bluefaced Leicester + 25% Masham Sheep; 262 yards / 240 meters per 100g)


DK weight yarn in the following amounts:

Full length and convertible: 119 (150, 168, 209) yards / 109 (137, 154, 191) meters

Fingerless: 90 (108, 121, 150) yards / 82 (100, 110, 137) meters

Samples shown in Size A in colorway ‘Lavender’ for convertible version, ‘Plum’ for fingerless version.

Needles suitable for knitting small circumferences in the round such as DPN’s, magic loop, or two circulars in the following sizes:
Ribbing: US3 / 3.25 mm, or two sizes smaller than size to obtain gauge.
Body: US5 / 3.75 mm, or size to obtain gauge

If magic loop is used, note that the convertible version will require either two circulars or DPN’s, as the two sides of the mitten are worked on different needles in that section.

2 unique markers for BOR and side, 3 regular st markers


This pattern has been tech edited, and tested in every view/size combo. It includes a second low vision PDF with the following features:

1” / 2.5 cm margins
22-25 pt font
Sans serif font
All black text
No columns present
Page numbers on bottom
Bold type, no italics
Written instructions only

The non-low vision version of pattern was tested and tagged for screen readers on Adobe Reader.