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Free Knitting Pattern for Stash-o-motastic Fingerless Mitts or Gloves

Updated on April 30, 2015
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An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

pattern for stash-o-motastic fingerless mitts
pattern for stash-o-motastic fingerless mitts | Source

I'm always looking for knitting patterns that use up those little balls of yarn and half-skeins that are left over after most of my projects. So for these cozy and colorful fingerless mitts, I used an array of worsted weight (medium weight) yarn, along with some dk weight (light weight) and some bulky (heavy weight) yarn, from my ever-decreasing stash. I’m really happy with how these funky colors came together in these fun mitts.

fingerless mitts or gloves
fingerless mitts or gloves | Source

You can pick your own collection of colors, and mix up the weights (types) of yarn as you choose. You can even change the width of the patterns stripes to fit your fancy, creating mitts that are truly special. The only thing I would suggest is that your yarn be mostly worsted (medium) weight.

This pattern is written for advanced beginner or more experienced knitters who are familiar with knitting methods (such as changing colors), terms, and abbreviations. For help with the knitting terms and techniques (and video tutorials), visit Knittinghelp.com.

Materials

Set of size #7 double pointed needles (dpns)

3 stitch markers

Yarn

(I’ve added the brand and color name where I could remember it)

Color 1 – Valley Yarns Colrain in Majestic Blue/navy (worsted)

Color 2 – Plymouth Yarn Galway in deep red/maroon (worsted)

Color 3 – Lion Brand Jiffy in Rust/orange (bulky)

Color 4 – Cascade Yarns Lana D’oro Heathers in gray (dk)

Color 5 – Paton’s Classic Wool in Cognac Heather/rust (worsted)

Color 6 – Knit Picks Swish DK in Clematis Heather/purple (dk)

Left Mitt Instructions

With Color 1, CO 32 sts for small/medium or 36 sts for large or men’s size. (If you choose, you can do all the ribbing with size #6 dpns for a tighter edge) Place marker and join in the round. Knit 6 rounds in k2, p2 ribbing. Knit one more round in Stst.

Switch to Color 2, knit 5 rnds in Stst.

Switch to Color 3, knit 3 rnds in garter as follows: knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd.

Switch to Color 4, knit 4 rnds in Stst.

Switch to Color 5, 5 rnds in garter st, beginning and ending with a knit rnd.

Switch to Color 6, knit 4 rnds in Stst

Begin to form thumb gusset (piece should be about 4 inches long): switch to Color 1, knit 3 rnds in Stst, *but* on the second round, knit to 2 sts before marker, place 2nd marker. Then knit front and back of last two stitches of the rnd (increasing to 4 sts). This will start to form the left thumb gusset.Knit the third rnd, knitting the 4 sts in the gusset.

Switch to Color 3, knit 4 rnds. On the 2nd round, knit to the second marker. Slip marker, and knit the f&b of the first st in the gusset, then knit the next two stitches. Knit the F&B of the last st in the gusset (increasing gusset to 6 sts). Knit 2 more rnds in Color 3.

As you work through the following color changes, continue to build gusset: every third rnd, continue in pattern to marker, slip marker, knit f&b of next st, knit across the gusset, then knit f&b of the last st in the rnd. Continue in the way, increasing 2 sts every third rnd, until there are 12 sts in the gusset (this should work for both small and large sizes).

Switch to Color 2, 5 rnds of garter (starting and ending with a knit rnd). The first rnd, you should increase your gusset to 8 sts. On third rnd, increase gusset to 10 sts.

Switch to Color 4, knit 5 rows of Stst. On the first rnd, increase gusset to 12 sts. On rnd 2, place the 12 sts from the gusset on a piece of waste yarn. In the space left by the gusset sts, CO 6 sts. Knit two more rnds in Color 4. On rnd 5, knit in pattern to 2nd marker. Slip marker, k2tog after marker and again for the last two sts in rnd (decreasing the sts between markers to 4).

Switch to Color 5, 5 rounds of garter, beginning and ending with a knit rnd. On third rnd, knit in pattern to 2nd marker. Slip marker, k2tog after marker and again for the last two sts in rnd (decreasing the sts between markers to 2). You should be left with the original 32(36) sts.

Switch to Color 3, knit 3 rnds in Stst.

Switch to Color 1 (piece should be about 7 ½ inches long), knit 1 rnd in Stst, then knit 4 rnds in k2, p2 ribbing. BO in pattern.

Finishing the Thumb

Move the 12 sts on the waste yarn back to the dpns for finishing. Knit the 12 sts, then pick up 1 st in the space between the thumb sts and the wall you created for your fingers. Pick up another 6 sts off of the bottom edge of the wall you created for your fingers, and 1 more st in the space between this wall and your thumb sts (20 sts total). Place marker and join in the rnd. Knit 3 rnds in K2,p2 ribbing (or more if you’d prefer a longer thumb). BO in pattern.

stash-o-motastic fingerless mitts for men
stash-o-motastic fingerless mitts for men | Source

Right Hand Instructions

With Color 1, CO 32 sts for small/medium or 36 sts for large or men’s size. (As with the left, you can do all the ribbing with #6 dpns for a tighter edge) Place marker and join in the round. Knit 6 rounds in k2,p2 ribbing. Knit one more round in Stst.

Switch to Color 2, knit 5 rnds in Stst.

Switch to Color 3, knit 3 rnds in garter as follows: knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd.

Switch to Color 4, knit 4 rnds in Stst.

Switch to Color 5, 5 rnds in garter st, beginning and ending with a knit rnd.

Switch to Color 6, knit 4 rnds in Stst.

To begin to form the right thumb gusset: switch to Color 1, knit 3 rnds in Stst, *but* on the second round, knit 16(18) sts and place 2nd marker. Then knit front and back of next two stitches of the rnd (increasing to 4 sts) and place third marker. This will start to form the right thumb gusset. Knit the third rnd, knitting the 4 sts in the gusset.

Switch to Color 3, knit 4 rnds. On the 2nd round, knit to the second marker. Slip marker, and knit the f&b of the first st in the gusset, then knit the next two stitches. Knit the F&B of the last st in the gusset (increasing gusset to 6 sts). Slip third marker and continue the rnd. Knit 2 more rnds in Color 3.

Continue thumb gusset and rest of mitt as with the left and finish the thumb.

Weave in all your ends and enjoy!!

copyright 2012 by Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I make lots of fingerless mitts for myself and my 3 daughters. Even my sons will sometimes wear them for winter running or outdoor work. Your colorful ones are an inspiration!

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks!! Glad you like them. My husband claimed these as his :) so I had to make myself another pair! At least I got to use up some more of my leftover yarn!

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      Lee Tea 3 years ago from Erie, PA

      Just what I came online to find - a fingerless glove pattern that I can use up my scrap yarn on that has those chunky purl rows throughout. You nailed it - thanks again purl!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Lee - So glad that you found what you were looking for and that I could help :) These knit up to be fun mitts and pretty much any yarn in any color can work. I hope you love your finished mitts!

      Thanks for your comments!!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      These are so pretty with the variety of colors and weights. Shared and pinned to my craft board.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      These would be great for texting on smartphones! Would be a great gift. Beautiful. Happy Holidays!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Heather - I appreciate your share & pin! Thanks so much!!

      Hi Heidi - Fingerless mitts are very convenient yet cozy when texting, using your phone, all sorts of things. I like wearing them when running errands because I can do all my tasks, reach in and out of my purse, etc, without taking them off. I think you'll fall in love with fingerless mitts once you try them. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting!

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