Fingerless Mittens Pattern

I had made some felted slippers out of Peace Fleece this winter and had just under one skein of this lovely wool left when I was done. One night I had the inspiration to make some fingerless mitts with it and use a little bit of Peace Fleece in a contrasting color in them as well. Here is the pattern:

You need 1 skein of Peace Fleece (or other worsted weight wool) for the main color (MC) and a small amount of contrasting color (CC). Also size 7 double point needles or long circular and a tapestry needle.  My gauge was 8.5 stitches over 2 inches in stockinette stitch in the round.

Cast on 32 stitches of MC. Join, being careful not to twist. Work 2 inches of 2×2 ribbing in the round (knit 2, purl 2) or until desired. Then switch to stockinette stitch and knit another 3 inches or so until it is as long as the web of your thumb. When mitt is the desired length, bind off 4 stitches LOOSELY at the beginning of the next round, then complete that round in stockinette stitch. Cast on 4 stitches (I used the backward loop method) at the beginning of the next round, then finish in stockinette stitch.  This whole pattern could also be done completely in 2×2 ribbing for a more snug fit and a more interesting look.

Knit the next two rounds.

Switch to CC and knit 8 rounds or as desired.

Switch back to MC and knit two rounds. Then switch back to 2×2 ribbing for 4 more rounds, or as desired. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

Note: I have rather large hands, and I could have bound off 5 stitches (If you do this, remember to cast on 5 instead of 4 in the next round) for the thumb hole. This yarn does have some stretch to it and I was able to pull gently on the opening to make it bigger. For many women 4 stitches would probably be enough.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi there, I have very small hands actually child size so I’m going to give this ago with smaller needles and a DK weight yarn. I’ll let you know how this goes 🙂

  2. CherryB33

    This is fantastic

  3. Brooke

    Hi there!
    I am using the magic loop method. Can I bind off/cast on the same way for the thumb hole?
    Thanks!
    Brooke

    • Yes, you absolutely can! Just bind off as you normally would, and work until you get to where you bound off. Then just backwards-loop cast on and keep on going! Enjoy 🙂

  4. Christine Meader

    Can I have your permission to print this pattern and use it to teach a free ‘learn how to knit in the round’ class at our library this coming month?

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