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On the Shortest Day of the Year...

The winter solstice is the day of the year when the day is at its shortest and the night at its longest. On the shortest day of the year, go for a brisk walk or build a snowman — just keep your hands warm.

Shortest Day

Shortest Day are a pair of colorwork mittens inspired by a magical time of the year: the winter solstice. Little details make these colorwork mittens an enjoyable knit. All the colorwork patterns used are easy to memorize and have short floats that do not need to be caught. At most two colors are used per row, and there are non-colorwork rest rows between the varying stitch patterns, making for very addicting knitting.

These colorwork mittens will make the perfect gift... or something for yourself when all the presents have been tucked under the tree.

Shortest Day

The mittens are worked from the cuff up in three colors of fingering-weight yarn. A folded picot edge frames the cuffs. The mittens have gusseted thumbs, and the colorwork pattern is incorporated into the gusset increases. Right and left mittens are mirror images of each other but the pattern contains separate charts for each hand.

  • On Ravelry: Shortest Day

  • Pattern: Shortest Day by Susanna Winter

  • Yarn: Tukuwool Fingering (100% wool, 195 m/50 g) in Sake, Auri, and Haave

  • Needles: 2.5 mm / US #1½


Shortest Day were designed for three colors of Tukuwool Fingering, and the pattern has been added to my ever-growing #tukuloveKAL bundle. Join my mailing list to get a 15% discount code for Shortest Day and all the other patterns in the bundle.

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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