The Decolonial Parent

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Simple colourwork fingerless mitts designed for busy hands during the cooler months.

Khumbu mitts use small amounts of yarn, making them a great way to try out colourwork combinations in a wearable swatch – or a “handy” gift for a dear friend who can’t stay idle.

Grey sample used Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (100% CC1 wool; 105 metres // 115 yards per 25g) in Sholmit 103 (MC), Rosewood 236 (CC1), Caspian 760 (CC2), China CC2 Blue 655 (CC3), and Yell Sound Blue 240 (CC4);
Brown sample used ColourMart 2/9nm Shetland wool CC3 (100% wool; 677 metres // 740 yards per 150g) in Mocha (MC), Griffin (CC1), Terracotta (CC2), Loganberry (CC3), and Broom (CC4).


MC: 72, {85, 100} metres // 80, {94, 110} yards 4ply or fingering weight yarn;
CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4 (each): 4 {5, 6} metres // 5, {6, 7} yards 4ply or fingering weight yarn;

Needle A: Double-pointed needles, or preferred needle for working small circumferences, that gets you gauge; Needle B: Double-pointed needles, etc, 2 sizes smaller than Needle A;
Needle C: Double-pointed needles, etc, 3 sizes smaller than Needle A (1 size smaller than Needle B);

3 stitch markers;
Tapestry needle.


28 sts x 38 rows = 10cm // 4 inches in stockinette worked in the round, washed;
Suggested needle size = 3.25mm // US3.


Woolly Wormhead hosts a downloadable photo tutorial for the tubular cast on I use:
Francesca has a photo tutorial for an alternative Italian method:
For single rib tubular bind off, I recommend Tani’s photo tutorial:


Circumference: 15.5, {18.5, 21.5} cm // 6.25, {7.5, 8.5} inches;
Length: 17, {19, 21} cm // 6.75, {7.5, 8.5} inches; (Grey sample = 18.5cm, Brown sample = 21.5cm).
If you are between sizes, choose the one closest to your actual hand circumference.
If gift knitting, these sizes are roughly equivalent to: Teen/Small Adult, {Adult Medium, Adult Large}.


k = knit;
k2tog = knit two together (1 stitch decreased);
m = marker;
m1L = insert LH needle into the bar (between last stitch and next stitch) from back to front; knit through the front loop (1 stitch increased);
m1R = insert LH needle into the bar (between last stitch and next stitch) from front to back; knit through the back loop (1 stitch increased);
p = purl;
pm = place marker;
sl m = slip marker;
sl = slip the next stitch as if to knit (with yarn held at back of work);
ssk = slip slip knit (1 stitch decreased);
sts = stitch(es);


Using MC and Needle C, cast on 44, {50, 56} sts using a tubular method (see Notes).

Join to work in the round. Pm for start of round.

Change to Needle B.
Ribbing round: * K 1, p 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Work ribbing for 4 cm // 1.5 inches, or desired length. Change to Needle A. Knit 4, {7, 10} rounds.

Thumb set up round: K to 4 sts from end, pm, k 3, pm, k 1.

Thumb increase round: K to m, sl m, m1R, k to m, m1L, sl m, k 1. 2 sts increased between markers.

Even round: K all sts.

Repeat the last 2 rounds 4, {5, 6} more times. 13, {15, 17} sts between markers.

Separate thumb: K to m, remove m, transfer 13, {15, 17} sts to waste yarn, cast on 3, {5, 7} sts using backward loop method, remove m, k 1. 44, {52, 60} sts.

Knit 1, {3, 5} rounds.

Work Khumbu chart (below) 11, {13, 15} times around for rounds 1-10.

Knit 2, {2, 3} rounds.

Change to Needle B. Work ribbing for 2 cm // 0.75 inches, or desired length.

Change to Needle C. Bind off using tubular method (see Notes).


Transfer 13, {15, 17} held sts onto Needle A and knit.

Pick up and knit 7, {9, 11} sts from backwards loop cast on and surrounding sts, k 13, {15, 17}.

Pm for start of round. 20, {24, 28} sts.

Thumb decrease round: K2tog, k 3, {5, 7}, ssk, k to end. 2 sts decreased.

Knit 1, {2, 3} rounds.

Change to Needle B. Work ribbing for 1 cm // 0.5 inches, or desired length.

Change to Needle C. Bind off using tubular method.


Weave in ends.
Block gently to the dimensions given in Sizing.

Don’t forget to make another one!