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Fingerless (wool) mittens- perfect accessory for winter

Updated on July 27, 2012

How to make fingerless mittens

The fingerless mittens are the perfect hand-knit accessory to wear during the cold winter. If your job is placed outside, fingerless mitts or gloves are the warm up tool you must bring with you to keep you warm and accessible. The main purpose of the fingerless mittens is to keep your hands warm and keep your fingers free. The most common fingerless mittens recommended for the cold winter are the wool mittens, they are soft and comfortable which makes them a popular part of the winter clothing collection.

Skill level

-Intermediate

Size

-S (M, L, XL

Finished Circumference

31⁄2 (5, 61⁄2, 8)" (8.9 [12.7, 16.5, 20.3]cm)

Note: The above measurements have quite a bit of negative

ease in them due to the rib pattern. The 5" (12.7cm)

medium size, for example, will fit a hand approximately

71⁄2" (19cm) around.

Materials

•175 yd. (160m) of any fine weight or sport weight yarnthat knits up at the appropriate gauge Sample knit with: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Uttu (100percent Bluefaced Leicester wool; 400 yd. [366m] per4.85 oz [137.5g] skein): color Soft Teals, 1 skein

•2 US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needles, 16" (41cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Note: These mitts can be knit on US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns if you prefer.

• US size D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook

• Clip stitch marker

• 3 stitch holders

• Tapestry needle

• Beading needle or wire for threading beads onto yarn

• 60 (68, 76, 84) size 6 round or size 5 triangular seed

beads to complement yarn color

Note: There may be beads left over when you are finished.

These are maximum amounts to guarantee that you don’t run short.



Gauge

26 sts and 38 rows = 4" (10cm) in St st

Pattern Stitches

Body Pattern

Rnds 1–3: *K2, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: Purl.

Rep rnds 1–4 for patt.

Lacy Cuff Pattern

Rnd 1: *P1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, k2tog; rep from * to end

of rnd.

Rnd 2: *P1, k5; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep rnds 1 and 2 for patt.


Note: These mitts are knit from the palm up towards the

wrist. Make both mitts alike. See page 154 for tips on knitting on 2 circular needles.


Hand

Cast on 39 (45, 51, 57) sts and divide evenly between 2circular needles. Join, being careful not to twist the sts.Continue working in Body pattern as est for another 5" (12.7cm)—approx 13 patt repeats—or until mitt reaches desired length, ending after working rnd 4 of patt. Place sts on 2 stitch holders


Lacy Cuff

Cast on 42 (48, 54, 60) sts and divide

between 2 circular needles, being careful not to twist the sts.

Work 12 rnds of Lacy Cuff pattern.

Work 8 rnds of Body pattern, beg with rnd 4.

Next rnd: *P12 (14, 16, 18) sts, p2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—39 (45, 51, 57) sts rem.


Note: The above measurements have quite a bit of negative

ease in them due to the rib pattern. The 5" (12.7cm)

medium size, for example, will fit a hand approximately

71⁄2" (19cm) around.


Materials

•175 yd. (160m) of any fine weight or sport weight yarnthat knits up at the appropriate gauge Sample knit with: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Uttu (100percent Bluefaced Leicester wool; 400 yd. [366m] per4.85 oz [137.5g] skein): color Soft Teals, 1 skein

•2 US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needles, 16" (41cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge

Note: These mitts can be knit on US size 3 (3.25mm) dpns if you prefer.

• US size D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook

• Clip stitch marker

• 3 stitch holders

• Tapestry needle

• Beading needle or wire for threading beads onto yarn

• 60 (68, 76, 84) size 6 round or size 5 triangular seed

beads to complement yarn color


Note: There may be beads left over when you are finished.

These are maximum amounts to guarantee that you don’t run short.

Finishing

Put half of Lacy Cuff sts on a stitch holder, and move half of mitt sts onto a cable needle as follows:

Place mitt sts on the needle so that the center of the thumb hole lines up with the edge of the lace cuff and the lace patt is centered across the palm and the back of the hand.

Make sure that the same number of sts from the mitt and cuff are on the circular needles and stitch holders.

Put cuff over mitt so that the WS of the cuff faces the right side of the mitt, with both circular needles together on one side

and both stitch holders together on the other side.

Beg with the circular needle side, work three-needle bindoff

(see page 155) across the needles and then across the

stitch holders. Loop the end of the yarn through the last st and pull tight.

Clip on a stitch marker to mark the end of the rnd, if

desired. Work in Body pattern until the mitt measures 2" (5cm)—

approx 5 patt repeats. End after working rnd 3 of patt.

Thumb Hole

Next rnd: P8, bind off 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, purl to the end of the rnd.

Next rnd: Work 8 sts in patt, cast on 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, work in patt to the end of the rnd.

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