There was always an art project when I was growing up. Between Mom and Aunt Julie, I was constantly drawing and building, cutting and pasting, tie dying and finger painting. Recently I was reminded of those special times as I watched Aunt Julie and my 3-year-old niece deeply engrossed in paint mayhem. Little Gwyneth’s fingers were all shades of the rainbow.Having eschewed paintbrushes for fingertips, she swirled the paints around with reckless abandon, wondering when someone might stop her!

Paint Pail Mittens | Purl Soho

The Paint Pail Mittens are a nod to those carefree days of dipping fingers into buckets of bright paint. Knit primarily in the sumptuous Swan’s Island Worsted organic merino and topped off with Madeline Tosh’s Tosh Merino in the electric Edison Bulb color, you and your favorite crafting buddy will make quite a duo!

Paint Pail Mittens | Purl Soho

This simple pattern includes six sizes, from 2 years to Adult Men’s Large. One skein of the Swan’s Island Worsted makes one kids and one adult pair. And one skein of the Tosh Merino will be ample contrast yarn for at least three pairs of any size. You will also need double pointed needles and, of course, a Paint Pail Mitten pattern, which you can purchase right here! Happy crafting and happy winter! -Laura


In addition to a Purl Soho Paint Pail Mitten pattern, you’ll need…


33 stitches = 4 inches in rib pattern, unstretched, with larger needles in Main Color.


2 to 4 (4 to 6, 8 to Women’s Small/Medium, Women’s Medium/Large, Men’s Small/Medium, Men’s Medium/Large)

  • Circumference, unstretched: 4 (4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2, 7) inches
  • Length from Tip to Cuff: 5 3/4 (7 1/4, 10, 10 3/4, 11 1/2, 12 1/4) inches


Paint Pail Mittens | Purl Soho

Our Paint Pail Mitten pattern is available for purchase as a hard copy or download!