On the Farm Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern: Yarn Recommendations

Fallen in love with the On the Farm Fingerless Mitts knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Western Sky Knits yarn (the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!


Warm, cozy, simple, and fun. The On the Farm Fingerless Mitts are a quick and easy-to-knit DK weight colorwork project, available in five adult sizes. They make a great project for playing with two-color combos!



I designed this pattern using Western Sky Knits' Merino 17 DK yarn in colorways Sage and Green, to represent the dirt and green crops. These fingerless mitts look great with any two contrasting yarns: solid, tonal, speckled, or variegated. I would, however, advise against using two highly speckled or variegated yarns.


Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.


I used Western Sky Knits Merino 17 DK in Sage and Dune.


Western Sky Knits Colors


Really, most any color from the Western Sky Knits website would work well for this pattern. The main thing is to select two contrasting colors that won't fade too much -- just so the colorwork is visible. Here are a handful of color combinations that I have put together, using a variety of DK weight bases from the Western Sky Knits shop.


Robin + Fishbowl, on Tweed Base

North Sea + Dark Waters, on Merino 17 base

Brooks Blue + Elephant, on Yak base

Forest Night + Elephant, on Merino 17 base

Forest Night + Golden Hour, on Merino 17 base

Bliss + Winter Wheat, on Merino 17 base

Foresta + Leaf on Tweed base

Leaf + Winter Wheat, on Yak base

Wine + Elephant, on Yak base

Wine + Barnwood, on Tweed base


Alternative Yarns List


Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable DK weight yarns that would also work well with this design! (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)


I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams.


The yarn that I used was: 100% Wool, 270 yards/100 grams


Bernat Softee Baby

100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams


Loops + Threads Joy DK

100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams


Lion Brand Modern Baby

50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams


Knit Picks Upcycle Reserve Alpaca Blend

50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams


Knit Picks Swish DK

100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams


Patons Classic Wool DK

100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams


Knit Picks City Tweed

55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams


Biggan Design 8-Ply Soft Merino Wool

100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams


Knit Picks Gloss DK

70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams


Knit Picks Capra DK

85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams


To perform your own search for affordable yarns, here are a couple places to start:


Yarn Substitution Website

Knit Picks Website

Webs Website

LoveCrafts Website

Michael's Website

Premier Yarns Website


Have you made a yarn selection for your On the Farm Fingerless Mitts colors? If so, what have you chosen? Kim and I would love to hear about it in the comments below, on Instagram (be sure to tag @snickerdoodleknits and @westernskyknits), and on Ravelry (link your yarn and pattern on your project page)!


Learn more about the On the Farm Fingerless Mitts knitting pattern here.


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