Kensington Mittens

Pattern Design

Sorry for my radio silence. The time flew by. What must have been days, felt like hours to me. Such an odd feeling…

So today this post is more for all the knitters out there. I’m finally showing you my first attempt on design.

Last year Jorge and I visited London for the first time. I never imagined that a city could move me so much! And although it was a short & brief trip, I came from there inspired and with some ideas for knitwear design.

These mittens are the result of my outset endeavor into designing. They featured an eternal & elegant union between cables and bobbles, which I imagine on my mind after rambling on the beautiful & charming Kensington, and an afterthought thumb.

As for the yarn I wanted something sustainable, soft & warm. My choice was Fonty Urga 5ply sport weight, which composition is 50% Merino & 50% Yak. It’s entirely natural, without chemicals treatments or colorings.

Just in case you were wondering, yak fiber wool is as soft as cashmere and warmer than merino. In fact it is a sustainable alternative to cashmere and an answer against desertification in Mongolia. A bonus and something to keep in mind!


Afterthought thumb, Bobbles, Cables, Kitchener stitch

Yarn / Yardage

Approximated 130 m of Fonty Urga (50% Yak, 50% Wool; 137 yd/125 m per 50 g) or sport yarn 5ply


US4 / 3.5 mm and US6 / 4 mm DPN


24 stitches & 30 rounds = 4’’/10 cm, stockinette stitch with 4mm DPN in the round


Women’s Medium Average

The pattern features both charts and written instructions.