Easy Fingerless Mitts Pattern

I've been wanting to create an easy fingerless mitts pattern for quite sometime and now that's it done I'm excited to share it with you.  I love knitting mittens and these are quick to knit and simple to make.

If you're looking for knitting ideas, fingerless mitts are a great choice and they make great gifts too.

Easy fingerless mitts

These fingerless mittens include a thumb gusset in order to show you how easy it is to make one. 

And just in case you're not sure:  A gusset is a piece of fabric that's inserted into a seam to add more room to tight-fitting clothes. And in this case the gusset will make extra room for your thumb.

You may also like to try knitting these mitts together at the same time. That's how I knit these.  

All you do is use two balls of yarn and cast on stitches for each mitten, one ball for each mitt and away you go.

What's good about knitting mittens at the same time is they'll both be identical in length and once you're finished knitting you won't have to think about knitting another one. 

Click link to download my easy fingerless mitts pattern 

Easy Fingerless Mitts Pattern

Easy fingerless mitts

This easy fingerless mitts pattern is knit with two needles which makes it great for advanced beginners to try and for knitters that don't like knitting in the round or just want to change things up a little.

Skills Required:  Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, k2tog, kfb (bar increase), sliip 1 stitch and place stitches on holder or scrap yarn

Materials:  Any worsted weight yarn. I used 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon #362 wool and knit both mitts at the same time.

Needles:  Size US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0mm)

Gauge:  Using US 8 (5.0mm) needles, 4.5 sts and 6.5 rows = 1 inch

Abbreviations:  K, k = knit, P, p = purl, sts = stitches, K2tog = knit 2 stitches together, slm = slip marker, pm = place marker, kfb = knit front and back

Notes: These easy fingerless mitts are made with two needles. You can also make both mitts at the same time by using 2 skeins of yarn and casting on for both mitts using 1 skein for each mitt. 

This pattern is a way for beginners to learn how to knit mittens and to learn how to form a gusset for the thumb. 

Mitten Pattern (Make 2)

With size 7 needles cast on 36 sts and work in 1 x 1 ribbing for approximately 3.5 inches. You can make the cuff longer or shorter if you wish.

Switch to size 8 needles and knit Stockinette stitch for 1 inch finishing with purl row.

Thumb Gusset

Row 1: K 17, place marker, increase 1 stitch (KFB) in next 2 sts, place marker, (there should be 4 sts between markers), k 17 sts.

Row 2: Purl on all even rows

Row 3: K17, slip marker (slm), Inc 1 st in next stitch, k2, inc 1 sts in next st, slip marker (6 sts between markers), k17

Row 5: K17, slm, inc 1 st in next stitch, k4, inc 1 st in next stitch, slm, k17

Continue knitting as above increasing 2 sts at beginning and end of thumb gusset until there are 16 sts between markers, 50 sts on your needle.

Next Row: Purl

Next Row: K17, remove marker and place 16 sts on a piece of scrap yarn or holder. (leave on holder and continue with mitt). Using the backward loop cast on 2 sts, and continue knitting the last 17sts. 36 sts on needle.

Work 10 rows of Stockinette stitch

Change to smaller needles US 7 (4.5mm) and knit ribbing for 4 rows. 

Bind off in ribbing

Knitting Thumb

Slip thumb sts onto smaller needle (US 7) and rib 3 rows. Bind off in ribbing.


Seam up the side of mitten and thumb. Knit up another mitt or if you did knit both mittens at the same time then you'll need to do weaving in ends and enjoy!

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