Raceme Mittens by Kyla Shea Overbay

Raceme Mittens

November 2021
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colorwork
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
190 - 220 yards (174 - 201 m)
One size
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Racemes are a form of inflorescence, the botanical term for the arrangement of flowers on a plant. This pattern was in part inspired by many plants with raceme inflorescences, such as lupine, lily of the valley, and camas, and equally inspired by a simple desire for thick, cozy mittens.

Worked in DK or light worsted weight yarn, these mittens knit up quickly. The botanical stranded colorwork also features a nupp detail to add some dimension- however, this feature is optional and your mittens will look great with or without. The cuff is worked in a broken colorwork rib that creates a brioche-like effect.


The blue sample was knit in 1 skein of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok in Midnight Sea, a beautiful 100% wool heather, and 1 skein of Spincycle Dream State in Mississippi Marsala, a color shifting yarn.

Yardage: 120 yards (110 meters) of your main color and 90 yards (82 meters) of your contrast color.

The brown and purple sample was knit in discontinued yarn from stash (sorry!)- suggested similar alternatives are:

  • Rowan Felted Tweed
  • Rowan Felted Tweed Color
  • Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light


Size US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm) needles- or whatever size needed to meet gauge. Either double points or a 32” circular for magic loop will work for this pattern.

Other Notions

  • 3 markers, 1 unique for beginning of round
  • Waste yarn
  • Darning needle


  • Knitting in the round
  • Stranded colorwork
  • nupps
  • kitchener