Pattern: Dambrod Mittens

Originally published for Knit Picks yarn company.

Sanquhar knitting originates from the town of the same name on the River Nith, in Scotland. I have always loved the look of it. The distinctive small squares (“dambrod”) containing the intricate patterns look complicated, yet are so easily achieved, just with basic two-colour stranded knitting!

When my eldest daughter told me that one of her best friends was hoping I could knit her something black and white for her birthday, I jumped at the chance to design some Sanquhar mittens for her. I paired two less-commonly seen motifs for a look which is somewhat of a departure from tradition, but still unmistakably Sanquhar.


  • Hand circumference: 7.5”
  • Total height, including cuff: 10.75”
  • Thumb length: 2.5”
  • Thumb circumference: 2.5”
  • Cuff circumference: 6.5”
  • Hand length (i.e. length minus cuff): 7.75”
  • Cuff length: 3”

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increases, decreases
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Working small circumferences in the round (i.e. double-pointed needles, magic loop, or two-circular methods)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows:
    • Main colour: Approximately 135 yards
    • Contrast colour: Approximately 105 yards
  • Needles: 2.75mm needles
  • Three stitch markers: one distinctive from the others to mark for beginning of rounds
  • Spare length of yarn, about 6” long


  • 35 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches in stranded knitting, after blocking

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