Skip to main content

Easy Fingerless Mitts (Mittens): A Free Knitting Pattern

Sara works at My Indie Life Blog, where she helps makers and creatives turn their hobbies into businesses.

Free & easy fingerless mitten pattern

Free & easy fingerless mitten pattern

Free & Easy Fingerless Mitten Pattern

Skill Level – Beginner

Yarn – Sock yarn/4ply… 50g/1.76oz total for small to medium size. Featured yarn is hand dyed by me. You could use any 4ply yarn with some nylon, which is better as it grips for a better fit, especially at the wrist where the pattern avoids decreasing.

If playing close to the wind on yardage, then the divide ball into 2 so that you can make full use of the yarn or scraps.

Other Materials –

Circular Knitting needles 2.5mm/US1.5 (80 cm, or 32” cord), or double pointed needles if you prefer.

Darning needle

Sewing needle


Method – Magic loop, although you could use any sock knitting method you prefer as the technique of mitt making is very similar.

Dimensions – Measurements taken flat, not on hand.

Length 10”/25.5cm

Top hand width above thumb 2 ¾”/7cm

Bottom hand width under thumb 3 ¼”/8cm

Stitch Gauge – 8 stitches per inch

Ease – Negative… Approx. negative ½” on the flat measurements and negative 1” on the round.

How to knit fingerless gloves

How to knit fingerless gloves

How to Knit Fingerless Gloves

  1. Start top down with a basic cast-on method.
  2. Cast on 48sts (or number divisible by 4 to fit hand and keep ribbing equal).
  3. For the magic loop method divide stitches in half ... 24 on each needle.
  4. 2x2 rib for 1 inch. This should sit above the highest knuckle point on your hand.
  5. Knit (stockinette) for 1 1/4"/2.25cm from rib.
  6. For the thumb top opening - knit 20sts, purl 8, knit 20sts.
  7. Next row knit 20sts, cast off 8, knit 20sts.
  8. Next row knit 20sts, cast on 12, knit 20sts. You are now working towards your wrist.
  9. Next row knit 20sts, purl 12, knit 20sts.
  10. Divide the 12 cast-on stitches equally so you have 26sts on each needle, if you haven’t done so already... Essentially you are dividing the thumb increase in half across the two needles.
  11. Continue knitting in stockinette.
  12. At this point, it is worth mentioning that you should try on the glove as you continue to knit this section. This will give you an idea of when and where you might like to stop knitting. I have chosen to have my mitts quite long, as I prefer to use these to go under jackets and sweaters. I should also point out that if your forearm increases in circumference to a point where you need to make increases in your knitting, then you should consider ‘make ones’ that do not leave holes – knitting through the front and back of a stitch is better for this. You should set these increases equally across the row and continue them once every half inch/2cms, until you feel you can stop.
  13. When total glove measures 21cm/ 8 1/4", then start 2x2 rib. Rib for 1 3/4"/4.5cm.
  14. Cast off using a stretch bind-off.

Now grab your favourite hat and take a walk to show off your gloves!

Free pattern for fingerless mitts

Free pattern for fingerless mitts

Want to learn how to Magic Loop?

Then watch this video...

© 2017 Sara Millis