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simple fingerless mittens

Mitten series is finished and I thought I separate the patterns for easier access (as I did with the sock series). I think it’s less confusing this way. Enjoy!

Swatch and calculations

Let’s start with a simple Stockinette swatching. If you’ve finished with it, let’s do some math.

Step 1: Measure, how many stitches you have on 5 cm / 2 inches.knitting swatch

Step 2: Now measure the circumference of your hand.

Step 3: Make your calculations:

With cm – (circumference of your hand x stitch count on 5 cm) divide by 5;
With inches – (circumference of your hand x stitch count on 2 inches) divide by 2;

Basically, what you need to do is take your number from step 3 and divide it by pattern repeat. Pattern repeat for these mittens is 4.

Is your number without a comma?

If yes, then you’re good to go – your number from step 3 matches and this is your cast on stitch count.

But if your number came out with comma then we need to adjust it little bit. So, take your answer without comma and add 1. Multiply it with your pattern repeat number. This is your cast on stitch count.

For example – If my number from step 3 was 45 and I divide it with 4 (pattern repeat) then I’ll get 11,25. Now I’ll take this 11, add 1 (11+1=12) and multiply it with 4 (pattern repeat again), I’ll get 48. I’ll cast on 48 stitches.

If you’ve got your stitch count then cast on and start with cuffs.

Cuffs

Cast on and follow this pattern:

simple knit fingerless gloves

Rounds 1 & 2: (knit 2, purl 2) repeat to end;

Round 3: knit;

Round 4: purl;

 

Repeat rounds 1 to 4 in total of 5 times and just knit until you have reached desired length of your cuffs.

You’re ready to make a gusset for thumb.

Thumb gusset

There are 5 simple rules to remember:

  1. Thumb gusset is always made on palm side of work. This means (knitting with 4 needles + 1 working needle) – left hand gusset will be knitted at the end of 4th needle and right hand gusset will be knitted at the beginning of 3rd needle.
  2. Main goal is to increase a triangle in between stitches so it would be comfortable to move your thumb and you’re gonna make your increases right after 1st marker and right before 2nd marker.
  3. Working with thinner yarn:
    1. Left hand (4th needle) – knit to last 4 stitches, place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, place marker and knit last 2 stitches. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 3rd needle.
    2. Right hand (3rd needle) – knit 2, place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, place marker, knit to end. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 4th needle.
  4. Working with thicker yarn:
    1. Left hand (4th needle) – knit to last 2 stitches, place marker, increase 1, knit 1, increase 1, place marker and knit last stitch. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 3rd needle.
    2. Right hand (3rd needle) – knit 1, place marker, increase 1, knit 1, increase 1, place marker, knit to end. Knit next round. From this point you’re going to increase 2 stitches on every other round. You’ll repeat the increase round and knit round until you have as many stitches between markers as you have stitches on 4th needle.
  5. Now you’re gonna put thumb stitches (between markers) on hold:
    1. Thinner yarn – knit to first marker, put all the stitches between markers on hold (on scrap yarn or on safety pin), cast on 2 stitches and knit last stitches.
    2. Thicker yarn – knit to first marker, put all the stitches between markers on hold (on scrap yarn or on safety pin), cast on 1 stitch and knit last stitch(es).

Rest of the mittens

Knit the rest of the mittens according to pattern. This means just knit until:

For fingerless mittens – knit 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 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.

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.

Thumb

  1. Put the thumb stitches from stitch holder onto two needles and take your third needle.
  2. Remember how you put those thumb stitches on hold and cast on some stitches when you finished the thumb gusset? Well, pick up these cast on stitches + 1 more on both sides.
  3. Take yarn and knit one round, starting from picked up stitches (twisting as you knit).
  4. Now, before you move on with the next round, pick up one more stitch (in between the needles), put it on your left needle. Knit first two stitches and slip first over the second. Knit to the end of round.
  5. 1st needle: Knit 1 stitch, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; knit other 2 needles.

For fingerless mittens – knit until you have a half an inch (about 1 cm) left from fingertip. End with 5 rounds of 1:1 ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) and cast off.

For usual mittens – knit until you have half an inch (about 1 cm) from fingertip and start with the decreases:

Divide your stitches between three needles so that they are even (more or less).

Step 1: Knit to the middle of needle and knit 2 stitches together. Repeat with the other two needles.
Step 2: Knit to last 2 stitches and knit these together. Repeat with other two needles.
Step 3: Knit first 2 stitches together and knit to the end of the needle. Repeat with other two needles.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you have 5 or 6 stitches left (total).

Cut yarn, take your sewing needle, bring yarn through the stitches, pull tight, bring the needle to the wrong side of work (through this little hole you have on top of the mitten thumb) and sew. Hide all yarn ends.

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