How to knit (fingerless) mittensNow that you’ve finished with the thumb gusset you’re gonna knit the rest of the mittens. It’s easy. You just need to decide whether you want to knit fingerless mittens or ordinary mittens.

Simple (fingerless) mittens

simple fingerless mittensFor fingerless mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 1/2 inches (or 1,5 cm) left from the tip of the little finger and finish as follows: purl 1 round; (knit 2, purl 2) repeat to end – 2 rounds; knit 1 round; purl 1 round; And cast off (use some stretchy cast off technique).

For usual mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 2 inches (or 5 cm) left from the tip of the middle finger. Start to shape the top of the mitten as follows:

  • Step 1: 1st & 3rd needle – k2, ssk, k to end; 2nd & 4th needle – k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2;
  • Step 2: knit;

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have decreased half of your stitches. Then repeat only step 1 until you have 4 sts on one needle. Take a needle and sew up (my way of sewing below).

Lacy pair of (fingerless) mittens

Lacy fingerless gloves patternFor fingerless mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 1/2 inches (or 1,5 cm) left from the tip of the little finger and finish as follows: purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round; knit 1 round; purl 1 round; And cast off (use some stretchy cast off technique).

For usual mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 2 inches (or 5 cm) left from the tip of the middle finger. Start to shape the top of the mitten as follows:

  • Step 1: 1st needle – k2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2; 2nd needle – k2, ssk, k to end; 3rd needle – k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2;
  • Step 2: knit;

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have decreased half of your stitches. Then repeat only step 1 until you have 4 sts on one needle. Take a needle and sew up (my way of sewing below).

Cabled (fingerless) mittens

knit fingerless gloves with lace and cable patternFor fingerless mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 1/2 inches (or 1,5 cm) left from the tip of the little finger and finish as follows: (knit 1, purl 1) repeat to end of round – total of 6 rounds; And cast off (use some stretchy cast off technique).

For usual mittens – knit according to pattern (as you did before thumb gusset) until you’ve 2 inches (or 5 cm) left from the tip of the middle finger. Start to shape the top of the mitten as follows:

  • Step 1: 1st needle – k2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2; 2nd needle – k2, ssk, k to end; 3rd needle – k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2;
  • Step 2: knit;

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have decreased half of your stitches. Then repeat only step 1 until you have 4 sts on one needle. Take a needle and sew up.

About sewing the top. Easiest way that I know will go like this:

Thread the yarn, bring yarn through all the stitches (taking out your needles as you go) and pull tight. Insert needle into this little hole in the middle and bring it to the wrong side of work. Sew and hide in ends.

Let’s leave a thumb knitting for next time.

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2 thoughts on “How to knit (fingerless) mittens – hand and mitten top (part 5)

  • 14. November 2015 at 04:05
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    I love reading your blog. You are so sincere and have good patterns and lots of knowledge! Have a wonderful weekend. The weather here is rainy and dreary. But, it is winter time. We have just had a little bit of snow that melted right away. Right now we are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our daughters are coming home from Helena, Montana and our other daughter lives here in Missoula, Montana. Our son is in Yuma, Arizona, for the winter, so he won’t be here for the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Needless to say, Mom (me) is very busy cooking! Things like roast turkey, bread dressing, potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, green salad and I don’t know what all!! Oh, and desserts, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie! Enough already! I need to quit talking and start organizing dinner! My girls help me. Actually, I am looking forward to lots of knitting this winter! Thanks again for your kind and informative posts!
    Jeanie in Missoula,Montana, USA

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    • 14. November 2015 at 08:19
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      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 I have always thought that Thanksgiving is very nice holiday…not for Mom though – exactly like Christmas for us 🙂

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