Tar-Sgàil Mitts


Meaning “crosshatching” in Scottish Gaelic, Tar-Sgàil is a simple but fun mitt pattern designed to show off any yarn to its best! The mitts feature textured ribbed columns running up the hand and around the thumb, giving beautiful texture while still being a simple and quick knit. For a different look, swap the left and right mitts over and show off more of the ribbed pattern on the back of the hand!

The pattern is fully written instructions, with charts for the crossed pattern and also includes a photo tutorial for a super stretchy cast-on called the Estonian Cast-On for the bottom of the glove and the backward loop cast-on. The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. There’s a screenshot of the pattern, and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos. These additional techniques are used: picking up stitches.

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Pattern Details


  • 135 (145, 165, 185)(200, 220) m (145 (160, 180, 200)(220, 240) yds) of Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton 4 ply (80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 380 yds/100g) in Steel
  • 2.5 mm (US 1.5) circular needles, 80 cm (32”) or longer or DPNs
  • 5 stitch markers (per mitt)
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends


32 stitches and 44 rows in 10 cm (4”) in stocking stitch in the round.

Finished Size

XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL) - 12.5 (13.75, 15, 16.25)(17, 18.25) cm / 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5)(6.75, 7.25)”

The mitts are designed to be worn with up to 2.5 - 5 cm (1 - 2”) of negative ease.

To see how the mitts look in other sizes and colours check out my testers' projects!

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