Cranford Mitts

The Cranford Mitts is one of our most popular patterns and has been donated to the p/hop project by Jane Lithgow.


As the title suggests, the inspiration for this pattern came from the BBC adaptation of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. Jane says, ‘This gentle drama, both humorous and touching took us into the lives of gentlewomen of certain age living in reduced circumstances. I noticed that many of their costumes included delicate mitts which they wore to ensure warm fingers in their draughty houses. I have adapted this idea to create some warm but delicately lacy mitts to take the edge off chilly spring mornings.’

What you need to get started:

  • Yarn: 200 – 220 yards (183 – 201 m) fingering/4ply
  • Needles: US 1½ – 2.5 mm

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Cranford Mitts in the news.


Exciting news, our Cranford Mittens pattern gets a well deserved mention on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme!

August 2011

We are having another Cranford Mitt-a-long in September 2011. Please join in the fun. Details are in our Ravelry group. Feel free to use the banners below on your blog.

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UPDATE: January 2011
We had a great Cranford Mitt-a-long in November and December 2010 with over 50 pairs of Cranford Mitts being made. Though the official knit-a-long has finished the thread is still going in Ravelry so please feel free to join in.

UPDATE: November 2010

Join in the Cranford-Mitt-a-long in the p/hop Ravelry group, November 2010.