Knitting & Crochet

An easy fingerless mittens pattern for busy hands

An easy fingerless mittens pattern for busy hands

Photography by Caro Weiss

Knitting & Crochet

An easy fingerless mittens pattern for busy hands

In this excerpt from Knitting From the North, Scottish knitwear designer Hilary Grant shares instructions for making fingerless mittens that will keep your hands warm and comfy while leaving your fingers free for texting.

These mittens are long on both the fingers and the wrists, so they are particularly warm. They are worked in the round, with the thumbs worked in on waste yarn.

Finished size
Circumference: 7 7/8 in
Length: 10 1/4 in

Yarn
Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift
2 balls Aqua (MC)
1 ball Natural White (CC)
Waste yarn

Needles and notions
US 2 (2.75mm) dpns
US 3 (3mm) dpns
Stitch marker

Gauge
29 sts × 38 rows = 4 × 4 in over colorwork using larger needles

Notes
For each round, read chart from right to left, knit every round.

INSTRUCTIONS

Right mitten
Using MC and smaller needles, cast on 56 sts. Place marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work 30 rounds of K2, P2 rib. Change to larger needles.

Next round: [K27, kfb] twice. (58 sts) Next round: K.

You will have a plain vertical column of stitches separating the start and the end of the chart in every circular row.

*K1 in MC before starting chart. Join in CC. Following chart, work 27-st repeat.* Repeat * to * until end of Round 37.

Round 38: Work 3 sts following chart. Using waste yarn, K8. Slip these 8 sts back onto lefthand needle, then continue following chart.

Complete the chart to end Round 56. Break CC.

Next round: [K27, K2tog] twice. (56 sts) Next round: K.

Change to smaller needles. Work ten rounds of K2, P2 rib. Bind off.

Left mitten
Work as for right to end of Round 37.

Round 38: Work 18 sts following chart. Using waste yarn, K8. Slip these 8 sts back onto left-hand needle, then continue following chart.

Complete as for right.

Thumbs
Using smaller needles, pick up the 8 sts both below and above the row of waste yarn—you will have 16 sts over 2 needles.

Very carefully pull the waste yarn out, then divide the sts equally among 4 dpns.

Work for 1 1/8 in or to desired length. Bind off.

Finishing
Weave in ends, closing any small gaps left at base of thumb. Block.

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MC Black Square
CC White square

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Excerpted from Knitting From the North by Hilary Grant, ©2016 by Hilary Grant. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, Colo., roostbooks.com. Available at indigo.ca.

 

 

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