Pattern: Vignay Fingerless Mittens

Also available as part of an eBook, Whitework: Accessories inspired by medieval illumination

The imagery in these fingerless mittens comes from various background motifs found in a version of La Legende dorĂ©e from 1404. This book, also known as “The Golden Legend”, is a collection of hagiographies, and was extremely popular throughout the middle ages. Originally written in the 13th century by Jacques de Voragine, it was later translated into French during the first half of the 14th century by Jean de Vignay.


  • Small: finished hand circumference 6.75”, height not including ribbing 5.25”
  • Medium: finished hand circumference 7.25”, height not including ribbing 5.625”
  • Large: finished hand circumference 7.75”, height not including ribbing 6”

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or the magic loop technique)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows:
    • Small: 115 yards main colour, 55 yards contrast colour
    • Medium: 135 yards main colour, 65 yards contrast colour
    • Large: 155 yards main colour, 75 yards contrast colour
  • Needles: Either a set of 2.5mm DPNs (set of 5 preferable) or (for two-circular technique) two 2.5mm 16" circular needles or (for magic loop method) 2.5mm 32" or longer circular
  • Stitch marker
  • (optional) Two additional stitch markers, different from the first
  • 6” long spare length of yarn
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • 37 sts and rows to 4" in stranded pattern after blocking

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