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The mistake ribbing on these mitts reminds me of the vertical spiny branches of the Ocotillo plant.

The cuff is knitted first. The stitches for the body of the mittens are picked up along the long edge of the cuff.

The main body is worked in simple stockinette with an offset thumb gusset formed by M1Rs and M1Ls as described in the legend.

Stitch patterns are both charted and written out line by line.

Directions are also given for fingerless mitts.

Size:  Women’s S (M, L)

Finished Measurements:  Palm circumference above thumb: 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)”


  • Worsted weight yarn, approx 130 (155, 180) yds
  • Aran weight yarn, approx 120 ( 140, 160) yds


  • US4/ 3.5mm and US6/ 4.0mm needles for worsted weight, or size to obtain gauge.
  • US5/ 3.75mm and US7/ 4.5mm for aran weight, or size to obtain gauge.

Your choice of Magic Loop, 2 circulars or DPNs.


  • 20 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US6 needles & worsted weight yarn.
  • 18 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US7 needles & aran weight yarn

Notions Required

Yarn needle, stitch markers, cable needle, (2) size 7/8” buttons

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, picking up stitches


New version uploaded 01/16/11 & printed.  For Ocotillo line-by-line, CO 16 sts for Wide Cuff, 15 sts for Narrow Cuff.