Rainbow Mitts by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS mittens with pattern in "Fabel".

  • Rainbow Mitts / DROPS 143-32 - Knitted DROPS mittens with pattern in Fabel.
  • Rainbow Mitts / DROPS 143-32 - Knitted DROPS mittens with pattern in Fabel.
  • Rainbow Mitts / DROPS 143-32 - Knitted DROPS mittens with pattern in Fabel.
DROPS design: Pattern no FA-209
Yarn group A
Size: One-size
DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio
50 g color no 400, black
50 g color no 820, carnival

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3 mm/US 2.5 - or size needed to get 24 sts x 32 rows in stockinette = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Diagrams A-1 to A-4. All diagrams are worked in stockinette.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 64 sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm/US 1.5 with black. K 1 round, work 6 rounds rib = K 1/P 1.
Switch to double pointed needles size 3 mm/US 2.5, K 1 round with black, then work diagram A-1 (= 4 repetitions on the round).
When A-1 has been worked 1 time vertically, work A-2 - AT THE SAME TIME on first round dec 10 sts evenly = 54 sts, and on last round of A-2 inc 6 sts evenly = 60 sts.
Continue with A-3. When it has been worked up to the 3 black squares in A-3, work A-4 over these 3 squares (continue the other sts in A-3). Inc in A-4 as shown in diagram - on next round K YOs twisted to avoid holes.
When 6 inc have been worked (there are now 15 sts in thumb gusset), work 3 rounds without inc as shown in A-4, then slip the 15 thumb sts on a stitch holder.
Cast on 3 new sts over sts on stitch holder = 60 sts. Continue working according to A-3.
When beg to dec on top of hand, dec on each side of 3 sts in the side (1 carnival, 1 black, and 1 carnival).
Dec before these 3 sts by K 2 tog with black and dec after these 3 sts by K 2 twisted tog with black.
After all dec are done, 12 sts remain on needle.
Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog and fasten. The entire mitten measures approx. 30 cm/ 11¾”.

Slip the 15 thumb sts back on double pointed needles size 3 mm/US 2.5. Pick up 9 sts in the edge behind the thumb = 24 sts. Continue in the round according to A-4.
When dec beg, dec on each side of 1 st black in each side. Dec before this st by K 2 tog with carnival and dec after this st by K 2 twisted tog with carnival.
After all dec are done, 8 sts remain on needle.
Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog and fasten.

Cast on and work as right mitten but work the 3 black sts for thumb in the 3rd, 4th and 5th st from the left in diagram A-3.

Socks – see design: 143-33


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = carnival
symbols = black
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
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Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 143-32) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (30)

country flag Jeanette wrote:

Omslagen i tumkilen, vilken färg ska dessa stickas med?

08.09.2021 - 12:19

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Jeanette. De kan økes med bunnfargen (sort). mvh DROPS design

15.09.2021 kl. 13:55

country flag Dea wrote:

Buonasera, nella spiegazione c'è scritto " Quando si inizia a diminuire sul sopra della mano, diminuire da ogni lato delle 3 m. a lato (1 carnevale, 1 nero, e 1 carnevale). Diminuire prima di queste 3 m. lavorando 2 m. insieme a dir. con il nero e diminuire dopo queste 3 m. lavorando 2 m. insieme a dir. ritorto con il nero." credo che queste diminuzioni valgano anche per il sotto della mano o no? Grazie.

28.01.2019 - 21:32

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Dea. Sì, le diminuzioni vanno fatte prima/dopo le 3 maglie (carnevale, nero, carnevale) ai due lati della muffola. Quindi sia sul sopra della mano che sul sotto. Buon lavoro!

28.01.2019 kl. 22:47

country flag Lilja wrote:

Hi, why there is a decrease in round 1 of A.2 and an increase in the last row again? Why I can't just keep 60 stitches and knit A.2 5 times in full pattern size? My knitting becomes too narrow at this point, so I wondered whether I switch the yarn (because it should become narrow) or if I do something wrong at the A.2 chart. Thanks for the beauiful pattern anyway! Lilja

21.09.2017 - 17:54

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Lilja, you decrease for A.2 to make it more narrow for the wrist. Remember to check and keep your tension even when working colour pattern. Happy knitting!

22.09.2017 kl. 09:44

country flag Anne Marit Mosebakken wrote:

Hei Hvordan garn kan jeg bruke til den som dere ikke har lenger?

14.10.2016 - 19:27

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anne Marit. Saa vaelger du één af de andre farver i Fabel. Se garnkortet her

17.10.2016 kl. 16:32

Alexandra wrote:

Welche Grösse haben die fertigen Handschuhe, bzw. für welchen Handumfang passen die? Würde die gerne für mich selbst stricken, habe recht grosse Hände. Danke!

04.10.2016 - 14:11

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Alexandra, mit 24 M = 10 cm werden Sie mit 60 M (Hand = A.3) ca 25 cm bekommen. Ich habe 41 Reihe gezählt nach dem Daumen - dh mit 32 R = 10 cm sind diese Reihe ca 12 cm. Wenn Sie weitere persönnilche Hilfe dafür brauchen, können Sie sich gerne an Ihren DROPS Laden wenden.

04.10.2016 kl. 15:36

Philippa wrote:

I realise the Fabel carnival 820 has been discontinued. Could you please advise, was it a "long print"? I will choose another colour. Thanks.

09.02.2016 - 06:52

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Philippa, Fabel 820 was a "print". Happy knitting!

09.02.2016 kl. 14:58

country flag Sinna wrote:

I don’t understand what happens when moving on to A2 (the same problem as Magdalena 16.11.2012 kl. 12:29). If I have 54 sts and there are 12 sts in A2 it doesn’t match.

09.01.2016 - 19:39

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Sinna, A.2 is worked over 6 sts (see rapport in diag), so that you will repeat A.2 (= 12 sts a total of 4 times + th first stss in A.2) = 54 sts. Happy knitting!

11.01.2016 kl. 09:54

country flag Stina wrote:

Jag förstår inte vart jag ska lägga upp maskorna i efter att jag stickat första biten av tumkilen. "Lägg upp 3 nya m över m på tråden" Över? Menar man innan eller efter de maskorna som sitter på en tråd?

21.07.2015 - 15:05

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Stina, Du lägger upp 3 nya m bakom m på tråden, så du kan fortsätta att sticka vanten runt. Se även video med "Tumkil" Lycka till!

29.07.2015 kl. 12:59

country flag Jeanne wrote:

Can you help me find the carnival colored and the black fable? I want to make the rainbow mitts just like the picture. They are gorgeous!

22.05.2015 - 06:13

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Jeanne, the Fabel color no 820 is unluckily discontinued. Contact your DROPS store for any further assistance to choose a colour. Happy knitting!

22.05.2015 kl. 10:16

country flag Lena Jidne wrote:

Om man vill ha garn helt utan konstmaterial vad rekommenderar ni som ersättning till fabel för vantar och sockor då? Eventuella nackdelar? / Lena

05.01.2015 - 12:34

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Lena. Du kan se alternativer i garngruppe A her. Du kan f.eks. bruge DROPS Alpaca, BabyAlpaca Silk eller Baby Merino, men du har saa ikke de sjove printfarver som Fabel har og Alpacaen er generelt mindre slidfast end Fabel. Baby Merino har ikke printen, men er ogsaa dejlig til denne slags projekter.

06.01.2015 kl. 16:53

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