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Free Knitting Pattern: Textured Fingerless Gloves or Mitts

Updated on May 24, 2016
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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.

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knitted fingerless gloves with textured design (c) purl3agony 2012

I wanted to design the perfect fingerless mitts with an interesting design on the back of the hand, a snug fit around the cuff, and yet still comfortable to wear for everyday use. I created this pattern specifically to show off this gorgeous hand painted yarn, but you can use solid yarn too. This slipped stitch eyelet lace pattern weaves together the colors beautifully to make these finished mitts. And if you're looking for a cowl pattern to make a set, check out my Slightly Shifting Knitted Cowl!

This pattern is appropriate for advanced beginners or experienced knitters who are familiar with common knitting terms and methods, such as knitting in the round and slipping stitches. For help with knitting abbreviations and techniques, visit knittinghelp.com

Gauge

20 sts x 28 rows on #7 needles

Materials

1 skein worsted weight yarn (about 150 yards for the pair).I used some handpainted yarn from Ewe and Me Yarns on etsy.com (http://www.etsy.com/shop/eweandmeyarns).

Set of #7 dpns

3 stitch markers (would be helpful to have these be three different colors or designs)

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hand knit fingerless gloves or mitts (c) purl3agony 2012

Patterns Used

Seed Stitch (with an odd number of stitches)

Rnd 1: K1, p1, cont to end

Rnd 2: P1, k1, cont to end

Repeat rnds 1 and 2. This pattern should put a purl st on top of a knit st as you knit in rnds.

Travelling Rib Stitch (in multiples of 6)

Rnds 1 thru 4:K4, p2

Rnds 5 thru 8:K2, p2, *k4, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Rnds 9 thru 12: P2, k4

Slipped Stitch Eyelet Lace (in multiples of 3)

Rnd 1:K2, *yo, sl 1 st, k2, psso (in this case, pass slipped stitch over last two knitted stitches); repeat from * to 1 st before marker B, k1, slide marker, knit in stockinette st for remainder of rnd.

Rnd 2:Knit.

Rnd 3:K1, *sl 1 st, k2, psso, yo; repeat from * to 2 sts before marker B, k2, slide marker, knit in stockinette st for remainder of rnd.

Rnd 4:Knit.

Repeat rnds 1-4.

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fingerless gloves or mitts (c) purl3agony 2012

Directions

Co 37 sts for small/medium size or 43 sts for med/large size. Place marker (referred to as A) and join in the rnd. Knit 4 rnds of seed st, placing second marker (referred to as B) after 19 (22) sts.

Switch to Traveling Rib pattern, however for the first knit st of the first rnd, k2tog, then k3, p2, cont. (Do this just once - this 1 st decrease will leave 36sts for sm/med or 42 sts for med/large. You will work with these 36 (42) sts for most of the remaining mitt pattern.)

Work rnds 1-12 of the Traveling Rib pattern twice (or just once if you want a shorter cuff).

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(c) purl3agony 2012

Left Hand

Knit 1 round in St st to last 2 sts before marker A, inset third marker C here. Knit to marker A and switch to Slipped Stitch Eyelet Lace pattern.

On your first rnd of the eyelet lace pattern, work in pattern to marker C, knit the next st, then increase 2 sts by lifting up the st below and knitting into the front and back of that st. Knit last st. These 4 sts will begin your left thumb gusset.

Knit in pattern for two rnds. At the third rnd, continue in pattern to marker C, 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 between markers C and A.

Now, knit one rnd in pattern until you reach marker C. Slip C and move gusset sts to a piece of waste yarn. In the space left by the gusset sts, CO 6 sts.

Knit 2 rnds in pattern. On third rnd, knit in pattern to marker C. Slip C, k2tog after marker and again for the last two sts in rnd (decreasing the sts between C and A to 4). Continue in this manner, decreasing 2 sts every third row until there is only 1 st left between marker C and A. You should be left with the original 37(43) sts.

Continue pattern thru rnd 4, then complete rnds 1-4 of eyelet pattern again. Mitts should be about 7 ½ inches long (assuming you did two sets of Travelling Rib for cuff).

Switch to seed st for 3 rnds, then BO loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.

Thumb

Move 12 sts for thumb back on to dpns and pick up 1 st in the space between the thumb sts and the wall you created for your fingers. Pick up another 5 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 (19 sts total). Place marker and join in the rnd. Knit 4 rnds in St st (or more if you’d prefer a longer thumb). Switch to seed st for 2 rnds. BO loosely in pattern and weave in ends.

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(c) purl3agony 2012

Right Hand

Follow same directions as for left hand thru Travelling Rib pattern. Then knit 1 round in St st to marker B, knit next two sts, then inset third marker C here. Knit to marker A and switch to Slipped Stitch Eyelet Lace pattern.

On your first rnd of the eyelet lace pattern, work in pattern to marker B, knit the next st, then increase 2 sts by lifting up the st below and knitting into the front and back of that st. Then knit last st before marker C. These 4 sts will begin your right thumb gusset. Continue knitting to marker A.

Knit in pattern for two rnds. At the third rnd, continue in pattern to marker B, slip marker, knit f&b of next st, knit across the gusset, then knit f&b of the last st before marker C. Knit remainder of round. Continue in the way, increasing 2 sts every third rnd, until there are 12 sts between markers B and C.

Now, knit one rnd in pattern until you reach marker B. Move gusset sts to a piece of waste yarn, and in the space left by the gusset sts, CO 6 sts.

Knit 2 rnds in pattern. On third rnd, knit in pattern to marker B. Slip B, k2tog after marker and again for the last two sts in rnd (decreasing the sts between B and C to 4). Continue in this manner, decreasing 2 sts every third row until there is only 1 st left between marker B and C. You should be left with the original 37(43)sts.

Continue working pattern thru rnd 4, then complete rnds 1-4 of eyelet pattern again. Mitts should be about 7 ½ inches long (assuming you did two sets of Travelling Rib for cuff).

Switch to seed st for 3 rnds, then BO loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.

Follow thumb instructions above for right hand too. Block gently and enjoy!!

© 2016 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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    • JustCrafty 4 years ago

      I enjoy knitting and crocheting fingerless gloves and have sold them in my Artfire studio, on Tophatter and have a pair listed on Listia.

      I make fancy, plain, knit, crocheted, acrylic, cotton and wool ones for men ad women and of course myself. These look warm.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for sharing this great pattern! Just beautiful.

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      JustCrafty - your mitts sound wonderful! I love the ease and comfort of wearing fingerless mitts over gloves. I can do whatever I want without putting on and taking off my gloves :)

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      randomcreative - Thanks! I was totally selfish and wanted to make a pair to go with my coat, but they came out well. I'm happy to share the pattern!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      This hub was voted a Rising Star on Hubpages! Thanks so much to everyone who voted!! I appreciate your support :)

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I love a good pair of fingerless gloves, they are warm and comfortable and allow you to still use your hands. Congrats on getting hub of the day honors for this hub.

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      theframjak 4 years ago from East Coast

      I need to make a pair of these for myself. Congrats on the hub of the day!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks CZCZCZ and theframjak!! I'm surprised that this pattern made hub of the day, but also thrilled :)

      I love fingerless mitts too! Their so comfy and easy to wear!! Thanks again for your comments!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I used to knit pullover and other winter clothes for myself before, especially on wintertime when it was early dark and it was cosy at home while knitting in front of the telly. Voted up and useful. BTW, Congrats on the hub of the day.

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      Jill 4 years ago from United States

      So glad you got a hub of the day! Way to go!! --Jill

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Thelma - Thanks for your comments! I love knitting too - it's a fun and a great way to meet other creative people. I always love meeting another knitter :) Thanks again!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Jill - Thanks so much for your comments!! I love reading your hubs and I'm glad you enjoy mine :) Thanks again for your support !!

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      SarahLinny 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      cool! Thanks for sharing!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      You're welcome! Thanks for your comment:)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      These are beautiful. I love fingerless mitts and wear them on many winter days, even here in the South. They make great "instant gratification" knitting projects.

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Kschimmel - Yes, I agree. Sometimes they're more of a fashion statement in warmer climates :) but there's nothing wrong with that. And mitts do make for a quick knitting project! Thanks for your comment!!

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      What a great gift idea - I wish I could knit so I could make these gloves. Perfect for working on a tablet or using a smart phone in the cold. Great hub, and congratulations on HOTD!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your comment! Fingerless mitts or gloves are really convenient because you can still wear them while doing other tasks, like using your phone, pumping gas, or just getting things out of your purse :) You can always learn to knit a pair - they are a lot of basic patterns on Hubpages. There are also patterns for crocheting or sewing mitts from fabric!

      Thanks again!!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Beautiful mitts; you are very talented.

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      Lucy Jones 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      Brilliant and very creative. Thanks for sharing your mitts pattern. Voted up. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      QudsiaPi and starbright - Thanks so much for your comments! Hope you both have a wonderful holiday!!

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      Excellent directions! The gloves look awesome! I will have to try these after I finish my current projects! Voted up!

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      Donna 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much! I hope to hear how your mitts turn out :)

      Thanks again!

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      Lee Tea 3 years ago from Erie, PA

      How pretty! I picked up a cable-knit fingerless glove pattern from a skein of redheart yarn last year and couldn't stop - must've pumped out like 20 pairs of them in a row! lol...BUT, they were done flat, then stitched together at the end. I much prefer working in the round - thanks for posting this!

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      Donna 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Lee - Yes, the best thing about knitting in the round is when you're done - you are done :) There's no seams to sew, etc. I enjoy making fingerless mitts because they're a quick, but creative project. These mitts are a fun way to add another accessory to your wardrobe without spending a lot of time or money on yarn! Let me know if you pump out 20 pairs of these mitts :) Good to hear from you and I appreciate all your kind comments!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      I like the colors in this yarn but I really like how your design showcases some long strands on the tops. Very creative :)

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      Donna 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Heather! Those long strands are slipped stitches, which slipped over other stitches so they sit on top. Slipped stitches are a great way to show off changing colors in yarn, since sometimes variegated colors can get lost in the design.

      I'm glad you like it! When are you going to make a pair? Thanks, as always, for your comments!!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are beautiful fingerless gloves! I´ve always wanted to learn to knit, and maybe this article is motivation enough! I´m impressed that you create your own patterns. Thank you for sharing.

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      Donna 2 years ago from USA

      Hi vespawoolf - I'm so glad this pattern might inspire you to learn to knit. I think you'd enjoy it. Thanks, as always, for reading and commenting! I appreciate it!

    • softlyfeminine 2 years ago

      Hi, I love this pattern! However, three of us at a yarn shop I go to have run into the same problem making the small size. Under the heading "Left Hand," the second paragraph states "...work in pattern to marker C." But the pattern requires three stitches and you are left with only two stitches for the last pattern repeat. Are we all doing something wrong or is there a fix? We are all dying to make these! Thank you.

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      Donna 2 years ago from USA

      Hi softlyfeminine - Thanks so much for your interest in my pattern. I hope I understand your question completely, and I think I know what the problem is. If you look at the Round 1 and Round 3 of the slipped stitch eyelet pattern directions, it says that you should work in pattern to Marker B, then knit the rest of the round. So as you get to Marker C, you should just be knitting in Stockinette Stitch. The palm of each hand is just knit, with the textured stitch only on the back of the hand.

      I hope this answers your question. I will edit the directions to make this a little bit more clear. Thank you again for your comments and good luck with your mitts!!

    • softlyfeminine 2 years ago

      Aha! I finally tracked down what all three of us must be doing to your pattern to mess it up. Thank God. We were going crazy. The last yo of row 3 in the eyelet pattern just didn't get done, leaving it a stitch short when we got to the same stretch of pattern in the next line 1 row. When you do that last psso before that pesky yo it just feels like that section is done so much so that even the first THREE times after I realized that I was leaving it out I STILL left it out and had to undo it back to put it in. I couldn't believe it. I finally thought of putting a stitch marker on the stitch itself and just moved it to the next stitch each row. Now it's right on track and going great. It is a beautiful pattern. I can't wait to wear them! Thank you.

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      Donna 2 years ago from USA

      Glad it's working out for you! I hope you enjoy wearing your fingerless mitts :)

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      craftdrawer 2 years ago

      Very pretty! Thanks for sharing the pattern...

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      Donna 2 years ago from USA

      Hi craftdrawer! You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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