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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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