San Donato Hat and Mitts

  • Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, with corrugated ribbing, this hat is inspired by a twelfth century mosaic pavement in the Basilica of Santa Maria e San Donato on the Venetian island of Murano. The matching mitts feature a steeked thumbhole – an ideal small project for learning how to create a steek.



    The Border Mill North Coast 4 ply 
    100% Shetland wool, c. 360 m (394 yd) per 100g
    1 x 100g ball Bealach na Bá (MC)
    1 x 25g ball Applecross (CC1)
    2 x 25g ball Grey Cairns of Camster (CC2)
    1 x 25g ball Myrtle (CC3)
    Note: The above quantities are for making both hat and mitts.  If making only one project, 2 x 25g of MC and 1 x 25g of each CC will be sufficient



    3 mm / US 2.5 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length
    Set of 4 DPNs in gauge size for working centre of crown
    2.75 mm / US 2 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length 
    Stitch marker, tapestry needle for finishing
    3 mm / US 2.5 preferred needles for small diameter knitting
    2.75 mm / US 2 preferred needles for small diameter knitting 
    2.5 mm or 2.75 mm crochet hook for steek reinforcement
    Sharp scissors for cutting steek, stitch marker, tapestry needle for finishing


    24 sts and 34 rnds to 10 cm / 4” at widest part of crown on larger needle. 28 sts to 10 cm / 4” above ribbing on smaller needle.
    33 sts and 36 rnds to 10 cm / 4"



    Diameter of crown 27 cm / 10.5”
    Ribbing circumference 54 cm / 21”
    Length 22 cm / 8.75” 
    Circumference 22 cm / 8.75”



    Both patterns use stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats behind work. Other techniques include German twisted cast-on and corrugated ribbing. The mitts also use steeking to create the thumbhole after knitting the mitts as a tube. Knowledge of backward loop cast-on method is assumed.