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Coill - Mittens

About Coill

From Eimear Earley, the designer: "Coill (Irish for ‘wood’ or ‘forest’, pronounced ‘kyle’ or ‘kweel’, depending on dialect) is a pair of lightweight mittens with cable motifs.
The all-over cable and travelling stitch motif is inspired by an imagined setting for a campfire: a clearing, surrounded by trees, with twisting branches overhead, and tangled roots underground, sheltering the campers, hidden wildlife, and imagined magical creatures from fairy tales."

The mittens are worked in the round, from ribbed cuff to fingertip, with increases for the thumb gusset. Thumb stitches are set aside, to be worked after finishing the hand. The cables begin in the cuff, and are continued along the thumb and outer edge of the hand. Diagonal columns of travelling stitches are worked over the reverse stockinette stitch background, connecting the two sets of cables across the palm & back of the hand, and at the decreases at the tips of the mittens.


Eimear Earley

Where to get it

This pattern is available in our Issue 8.


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1 (2, 3)
Finished circumference: 17 (20, 23) cm / 6.75 (8, 9)” – recommended to be worn with 0 - 1 cm / 0 - 0.5” negative ease. If you are in between sizes, choose the larger size for a comfortable fit.

Stolen Stitches Blasta Light (60% Irish wool, 40% New Zealand Lambswool; 430 metres / 470 yards per 100 g)

145 (175, 200) metres / 160 (190, 220) yards

Sample shown is knit in colourway Óir. Paloma wears a size 2 with 2 cm / 0.75" of negative ease.

3 mm / US 2.5 circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” or double-pointed needles (or needle size to obtain gauge)

To work this pattern using the magic loop technique, use a circular needle with a cable length of at least at least 80 cm / 32” instead of double-pointed needles.

26 sts x 38 rounds = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in reverse stockinette stitch, after blocking)
14 sts x 16 rounds = 4.75 x 4 cm / 1.75 x 1.5” (in the round, in Chart A, after blocking)

• Blocking tools (blocking mats, t-pins, blocking wires)
• Cable needle
• Darning needle
• Removable stitch markers
• Stitch holder or scrap yarn
• Optional: small plastic bags (or finger sized round object, water resistant, for blocking)

• Finished circumference: 17 (20, 23) cm / 6.75 (8, 9)”
• Mitten length (from wrist to tip of middle finger): 18
(20.5, 23) cm / 7 (8, 9)”

Designer: Eimear Earley
Model: Paloma Isa Mercado
Photography: Melinda Dela Costa
Tech Editing: Jessica Schwab
Graphic Design: Camille Romano

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