Finally I have a FO – Finished Object. This pair of fingerless mitts was made for my friend Maggie, so I am calling them Maggie’s Mitts.
It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to make them, but the knitting itself took very little time. So Maggie gets the Mitts and I am happy to share the pattern with all of you.
I loved making these simple and fast fingerless gloves. Not only because they were made for my friend Maggie, whom I really like. But because they are so simple I could almost do it in my sleep. The chunky rib done in a worsted weight yarn on size 3 US needles creates a thick but flexible fabric, that makes this mitts perfect for anything from texting to knitting.
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Maggie’s Mitts Free Pattern
2 Skeins of Peruvian Uros Aran
5 DPNs in size 3 US (3.25mm)
1 small stitch holder.
1 removable stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
DPN Double Pointed Needle
K – knit
P – purl
6 stitches and 6.5 rounds in 1”.
Using a Long Tail Cast On
Spread the stitches on four needles. Mark the beginning of the round with the stitch marker.
Round 1 – 40
(K3,P2) 10 times.
K6, and slip these stitches on a stitch holder. K2,P2,(K3P2) 8 times.
Using Provisional Cast On cast on 6 stitches. Knit the rest of the stitches in pattern. K2,P2,(K3P2) 8 times.
K into the six cast on stitches, then K2,P3,(K3,P2) 8 times.
Round 44 – 60
(K3,P2) 10 times.
Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail.
Bind Off using an applied I-cord.
Pick up 9 stitches around the thumb hole. Divide them between two DPNs
Starting with 6 stitches left on the stitch holder.
Round 1 – 6
(K3,P2) 3 times.
Bind off using applied I-Cord.
Binding off with an applied I-Cord is easy and fun. And there are a few different variations that can give you a special look depending on what you need.
With this fingerless gloves I wanted a bind off that would give maximal freedom of movement. But I did not want it to be so loose, that it would let in lots of cold air.
Cast on 2 stitches on the double pointed needle. Slide the cast on stitches on the needle with the last knitted stitch.
Knit first of the cast on stitches, Knit the second cast on stitch together with the last stitch of the last round. Slide the two knitted stitches back on the needle from which you first knit it.
Knit the first stitch. Knit the second stitch together with the next presenting stitch. Slide the stitches back on the needle from which you first knit it.
Repeat Row 2 until you are done with all stitches.
Pick up the first loop of the I-cord and knit it as if it was a regular stitch. This will close the I-Cord. Use tapestry needle to weave in the ends.