Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Easy Knitted Fingerless Mittens

One of the members on the Down to Earth Simple Living Forum knitted some fingerless mittens recently and very generously gave us the pattern so we could make our own and she has given me permission to put it on my blog. I am no expert when it comes to knitting so these would be a good project for beginners.


You will need:

1 ball of 8 ply yarn
 Knitting needles size 3.25mm and 4.00mm
Wool needle


Leave about 30cm of yarn at the beginning which will be used to sew the side seam at the end.

Cast on 48 stitches with the 4.00mm needle (cast on row only). I have a small hand so cast on 38 stitches.

Change to 3.25 needles

Row 1: Knit 1 Purl 1 until the end of the row.
Continue with rib until you have a total of 24 rows. (The ribbing will give a firm but stretchy cuff to the mittens. I forgot where I was up to and actually knitted 26 rows. Oops!).

Change to 4.00mm needles

Row 2: Knit to the end of the row

Row 3: Purl to the end of the row

Repeat these two rows of stocking stitch until you have the desired length. I knitted 30 rows.

Still using the 4.00mm needles, work 8 rows in rib.
Cast off loosely.
Leave about 30cm tail of yarn for sewing up then cut yarn. 

 To sew mittens together:

Thread the needle with the end thread. Match right sides together. Sew together approximately 2 inches of the mitten. Length to sew will be determined by the number of rows you knit after measuring your hand against the mitten. Use an overcast stitch, taking one stitch from each side of the mittens. Pull the yarn but don't creat a pucker. Finished with a double stitch and thread the yarn down the seam for about one inch to conceal the end. Cut off the remainder of thread.

Thread the needle with the beginning tail and sew cuff in the same way until the gap left for your thumb is comfortable. Finish off as before.

I used 4 Seasons Marvel magic stripe 8 ply which was on special at Spotlight a while back. I wish I had bought a couple of balls of the same colour and then I could have knitted a beanie. 

This is a 'little something'  I picked up last week at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival. Cute eh?


  1. Well done you! That is so far beyond my ability but they look great. Could really use them today, is cloudy, foggy, and cold!

    1. Barb, if I can knit them so can you. After all, look how you mastered Tunisian Crochet. Lol!

  2. They look so cosy, my neighbours loves to read in bed with hers on! Well done xxx

    1. They are certainly good for warming up cold hands, Sue. I think I will need them again tomorrow as it has turned cold once again.

  3. Barb I have bags and baskets and boxes of yarn, so when I get back home in a few days I will knit you a couple, they are quick and easy, I have a pair for early morning laptop time, nice fine wool and cashmere, yours can be sturdier yarn for general use.
    What colours do you like ? 😊

    1. Margaret you generous girl! I would really love some, I like pinks, purples, and teals. Thank you so much!

  4. Well done Chel, they are so cosy on those frosty mornings. What coulours do you like Barb ? I will do some for you when I get back home in a few days, they are quick and easy to make while watching tv at night.

    1. Margaret, I have emailed Barb and I am sure she will let you know what colour she would like and I think she will need a tutorial as well while you are at it. Ha ha!

    2. Chel, isn't Margaret generous! Yes tutorial indeed. It really bugs me that I can't knit. Crocheting just isn't the same for this type of thing.

    3. Hi girls, haven't checked in for a few days, will be back home Monday so will be in touch then and will raid the yarn stash for something nice.

  5. Chel your mittens look lovely and cosy. Our temperatures dropped yesterday and I wore a pair of fingerless gloves to bed. Thanks for the pattern.


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