New Designs: Charlotte St. Mitts and Cowl

All anyone can talk about around here is the weather. I include myself in that ‘anyone’, because man, Mother Nature got us good this weekend. We had a couple of sunny days of +10C, just in time for Easter, and we all thought, “ahhh, how nice, spring might actually be on its way now.” We started thinking, “hey, maybe the down coats don’t need to come out of the closet any more, we can go dig up the light jackets now. Maybe the cold times will be done now.” Hah. This week around Southern Ontario we are back down to freezing or just below, and for the last couple of days the weather has been rotating back and forth between sunshine and snow squalls. Even the sky can’t seem to make up its mind.


I figure the best way to deal with this (as with so many other things), is just to keep knitting, and I’ve got 2 more accessory patterns to add to my Urban Collection Vol 2. They pair nicely with the Jackson Creek cardigan I released last week, or with any outfit really, for just a little hit of coziness and warmth. Presenting the Charlotte St. Mitts and matching Cowl (currently available on Ravelry – individually and as part of the whole collection. Will also be available later in May on Patternfish once the collection is complete.)


Each pattern uses a single skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label cashmere sock (70% superwash wool/20% cashmere/10% nylon) or your preferred equivalent. They are shown here in the brick colourway, which I think I can pretty much count on using again, it is delicious.


The mitts are written for 2 sizes (6.5″ and 7.5″ circumference), use a nice little lace pattern down the back of the hand, and are meant for a slightly slouchy fit. The nicest feature for me, though, is the long ribbed cuff that folds over at the top of the mitt. It gives the mitt a nice comfortable finish while still being a bit fitted around the knuckles, and makes for such a cozy feel – without having to knit little mitt fingers. Full disclosure: I generally like the things I design, but it’s not all the time that I cast off a design and immediately wish I had more yarn to start it again. I want these in twelve colours. And I don’t know why I haven’t got twelve more colours of this yarn in my stash. I plan to rectify this soonest.


The accompanying cowl pattern is a nice quick little accessory, and features the same lace motif as the mitts. It’s written for one size, about 26 inches in circumference, but I suggest a few modified larger sizes that will still use only 1 skein of the TFA cashmere sock. Overall, I like this set for a friendly little hit of colour! The time commitment for either of these projects is fairly quick, just right if you need a colourful distraction from other projects on your needles (or just from the weather outside).


Enjoy, dear knitters! And whatever the weather where you are, I hope you’ve got some fun projects to work on! I’ll be back to report on other ongoing knitterly activities later this week.


  1. Those mitts are gorgeous! I love the color you used too. So pretty!

  2. Love the color and the mitts. Wish the cowl were alittle heavier…but lightweight can be very nice. I will have to get the pattern. Love them

  3. Beautiful. Just beautiful!

  4. Jeanette · ·

    Love the mitts! And I love the names you give your patterns since I live in Peterborough! In the picture the model is wearing a cable cardigan. Is that one of your designs? I have been looking for a pattern to make an Aran style cardigan.

  5. Wow, Glenna! These are really lovely! I like the cuff near the fingers, too, as well as the lace in both patterns. Also like the colorway (BTW, I wasn’t knocking the color purple in a previous comment with the “purple poem” – I was saluting it! Some responders seemed to think otherwise). These patterns are terrific – great designs. You’re rockin!

  6. Thank you, Linda!

    And I did not suspect you were being hard on the colour purple πŸ˜‰ I do enjoy knitting with it in the rotation of favourite colours!


  7. hawknitr13 · ·

    i love anything & everything in lace!! wonderful patterns! esp the rolled over cuff on mitts!! keep on designing, girl!!!
    ^)^ linda

  8. Stephanie · ·

    Very pretty and awesome color choice!

  9. Love both the mitts and cowl patterns. QUESTION: Can you get the both of them out of one skein of the Tanis Fiber Arts yarn you used? Second QUESTION: If you add more patterns to the ebook will those of us who purchase it now receive the additional pattern/s?

  10. The answer to question #1 is – yes, if you are knitting the cowl as written (26″ circ) and are making the smaller of the mitts. If you are making the larger mitts OR one of the larger cowls, you will likely need a 2nd skein (hard to guarantee for sure based on potential personal differences in tension).

    For #2 – yes, anyone who purchases the collection on Ravelry at any time will receive new patterns as they are added!


  11. Beautiful!!!!

  12. Cammy S. · ·

    Awesome. I’m usually not a mitts person, but… you may have a convert on your hands.

  13. Thanks for your response, Glenna. Off to purchase e-book!

  14. Beautiful patterns and I love the yarn choice. Lovely to knit with!

  15. So pretty!!! I want to knit those mitts!!!

  16. Pretty! And cashmere? Love.

    The mitts look versatile: fold over short for piano/guitar, keep longer for chilly days. Perfect!

  17. akdraft77 · ·

    Both are stunning! And excellent gift idea for my much-loved mom!

  18. Hi, same here. Everyone is talking about the weather and everyone has enough of the cold sibirian wind….So what can we do? I am feeding my spinning wheel in order to continue my big project called cardigan, knitting socks while travelling and consuming heeps of tea! Kindest bjmonitas

  19. So pretty! I love how the color and pattern work together.

  20. very nice tutorial. I also found good examples on

  21. Finally back to reading your blog and catching up after our move. I love the cuff idea for the mitts. Same gross weather here in Kingston; same solution–knitting as always! Will you be at the Frolic in TO at the end of the month?

  22. Very pretty and that yarn is such an amazing colour!

  23. I thought you were writing the post from Montreal πŸ˜‰ Nice mittens and cowl!

  24. Lovely pattern and I think the colour is stunning.

  25. that color is so amazing!! i only wished i lived in a city with more interest in knitting so to get my hands on yarns like that 😦

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  27. Meredith MC · ·

    Love the mitts and cowl. What is the cardigan. I’m only catching glimpses from these pics and I’m totally smitten!

  28. Jeanette · ·

    Meredith MC – Me too. I want to get the pattern for the cardigan. It is beautiful!

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