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Plicatum Mitts

Job type Test knit

The Plicatum Mitts are worked in the round from the bottom up, with irregular ribbing for the cuff, which flows up into a textured cable pattern on the back of the hand and stockinette on the palm. Increases are worked for the thumb, and stitches are then put on hold. The hand is finished with ribbing that can be worn folded or flat, depending on whether you want warmer fingers or to be able to use your hands more easily. The thumb stitches are returned to the needle and finished in ribbing. 

‘Plicatum’ is the Latin word for ‘pleated’, and is used to describe the crinkly leaves of the viburnum plant that inspired the cable pattern in this design. 

There is also a matching hat testing at the same time; please see my designer page if you'd like to apply for that one too!

Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2021-10-19
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Advertiser Marina Skua
Spots available 0
Sizes required 1 : Filled!
2 : Filled!
Finished measurements

Sizes: 1 (2)


Finished circumference: 16 (18.5) cm / 6 (7.25)”
Length (with ribbing unfolded): 23 (27) cm / 9 (10.5)” – customisable

Gauge 21 sts x 30 rounds = 10 cm in stockinette
Charted or written pattern Both
Skills required

Working in the round, cables, twisted stitches/faux cables, M1 increases, placing stitches on hold

Construction type Bottom up, in the round, stitches place on hold for thumbs
Yarn support There is a discount available for the recommended yarn!
Required or recommended yarn Yarns held together: Marina Skua Mendip 4-Ply (100% British wool, 150 m / 164 yd per 50g) held together with Marina Skua Caia Baby Alpaca (100% British baby alpaca, 230 m / 252 yd per 50g)
Yardage Mendip 4-Ply: 30 (35) g or 90 (105) m / 100 (115) yd. Caia Baby Alpaca: 25 (30) g or 115 (140) m / 125 (155) yd
Tools required


  • 4 mm / US 6 (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
  • 3.5 mm / US 4 (or needle 2 sizes smaller than main needle)

Needles should be suitable for working small circumferences in the round – double-pointed or circular as preferred.

Notions: Scrap yarn or stitch holder, cable needle, stitch markers, darning needle for sewing in ends.

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the maker
  • Swatch and ensure you knit the pattern at the correct gauge.
  • Add any queries about the pattern as comments in the relevant section of the Google Doc.
  • Create a Ravelry project and link it to the pattern using the tester code given and add at least one modelled photo by the deadline.
  • Testers are welcome to modify length at the points specified in the pattern – please note, doing so will affect the amount of yarn needed.
  • Fill in the feedback form on Yarnpond once you have finished knitting.
  • Using the specified yarn is not mandatory but testers intending to use it will be prioritised

If these requirements are not fulfilled by the deadline, the tester will not receive their free pattern copies.

Rewards from the designer

The designer is offering discounted or free pattern(s) to testers

Testers will receive a discount of 20% off Marina Skua Mendip 4-Ply and Marina Skua Caia Baby Alpaca on being accepted to the test knit, should they choose to use the specified yarn. Discount code will be in the pattern document. 

On completion of the test by the deadline, testers will receive PDF download of the finished pattern, plus a code for additional free pattern of their choice from my Ravelry store. 


The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

Cast on
Finished, clocked and photographed
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