Learn To Knit: Happy Hands Fingerless Mitts Free Pattern

Today I’m sharing an absolute favorite beginning knitting pattern. I am going to teach you how to make a pair of fingerless mitts. I’ve made several pairs now and I adore them! I wear them when I’m typing, when I’m playing the piano, when I’m texting on my phone. They keep my hands warm while keeping my fingers free. I think you need a pair. Seriously. They are just the best!
I made a colorful striped version for my tween daughter:
How to make fingerless mitts. Beginner's pattern
A luxurious lavender merino wool pair for myself:
Free knitting pattern
And a teal wool pair for my sister:
Knit gloves free pattern
Let’s start by talking about yarn choice. Use my affiliate links below to see what the yarn labels look like so you can find what you want in the yarn aisle. Don’t use junky yarn for these gloves! If the yarn is scratchy (I’m looking at you, Red Heart!), it will bother the delicate skin on your wrists. If the yarn is cheap, it will pill and look icky over time. Sometimes it’s worth splurging on good yarn. Just do it. YOLO.
The pair I made for myself was by far the highest quality yarn. I used Cascade 220 Merino Yarn in Lavender Heather. It’s soft, the gloves have held up perfectly and the color variation is stunning.
The blue gloves are made from Paton’s Classic Wool that I bought at Joann, but I couldn’t find it on their website, so HERE is the link on Amazon. They were not quite as soft as the Cascade yarn, but more easily available and still pretty nice. The plus for this yarn was the pretty sheen.
The Lion Brand Self-Striping Yarn turned out really cute, but the gloves are pilling a bit since my daughter has used them so much.
Okay, let’s walk through each step of the project. I will include a printable PDF of the pattern at the end of the post, so feel free to scroll down if you want to skip the tutorial section.
Cast on 34 stitches and divide evenly onto three DPN’s. Join to work in the round. (33 stitches)
Work in broken rib stitch to create the bottom cuff. I knit approximately 24 rounds for the striped gloves to make extra long cuffs, but you could do fewer and still make a nice sized cuff.
A pretty alternative to k2p2 ribbing
Switch to a knitting stitch for about 1.5 inches or about 10 rounds.
Free pattern for knitted gloves
This is what knitting in the round on double pointed needles looks like:
Knitting in the round on double pointed needles
Make an increase for the thumb gusset section.
How to Knit Gloves
Thread a scrap of contrasting yarn through the needle, then use it to slip the 11 stitches within the “triangle” of the gusset onto the yarn. Cast on 4 stitches, then join and knit around the main part of the glove, leaving the 11 stitches on the scrap yarn alone.
Free Knitting pattern
Round 12 and 13 decrease just a bit right above the thumb hole. Then you knit 5 rounds. Switch to the broken rib stitch for 12-14 rounds. Bind off using a stretchy bind off method.
Using waste yarn in knitting patterns
Now it’s time to go back and finish up the thumb. Divide the 11 stitches from the scrap yarn onto two DPN’s.
How to knit fingerless mitts
Using a third DPN, pick up four stitches from the open edge of the work.
Knitting Gloves Techniques
Knit around in the broken rib stitch for about 6 rows. Bind off. Check for any holes along the thumb area and use the cast-on tails to “sew” them closed.

 

Self-striping yarn adds a pop of fun to these cute knitted gloves.
Learn to make these beautiful gloves with this free pattern and tutorial.
Free knitting pattern and tutorial
Free knitting pattern for beginners

 

Materials Needed

– Worsted Weight Yarn
– Lion Brand Self-Striping Yarn in Tutti Frutti
– Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted
– Cascade 220 100% Merino Wool in Lavender Heather
– Size 7 double pointed needles (DPN’s)
– Scrap yarn in a contrasting color
– Large Eye Needle

Stitch Abbreviations

Broken Rib Stitch: Knit all even rows. K2 P1 odd rows

m1r: Make a right side increase by picking up the bar between stitches from back to front, then knit into the front of the picked up stitch.

m1l: Make a left side increase by picking up the bar between stitches from front to back, then knit into the back of the picked up stitch.

sl: Slip a stitch from left needle to right needle without knitting it.

psso: Pass the SL over a worked stitch off of the right needle.

k2tog: Knit two stitches together

Cuff

Cast on 34 stitches and divide evenly onto three DPN’s. Join to work in the round. (33 stitches)

Work in broken rib stitch to create the bottom cuff. I knit approximately 24 rounds for the striped gloves to make extra long cuffs, but you could do fewer and still make a nice sized cuff.

Switch to a knitting stitch for about 1.5 inches or about 10 rounds.

Thumb Gusset

Rnd 1: M1R, K1, M1L, knit around

All Even Rows: knit around

Rnd 3: M1R K3, M1L, knit around

Rnd 5: M1R, K5, M1L, knit around

Rnd 7: M1R, K7, M1L, knit around

Rnd 9: M1R, K9, M1L, knit around

Rnd 11: Thread a scrap of contrastingyarn through the needle, then use it to slip the 11 stitches within the “triangle” of the gusset onto the yarn. Cast on 4 stitches, then join and knit around the main part of the glove, leaving the 11 stitches on the scrap yarn alone.

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Rnd 12: Knit around until you reach the last 6 stitches. Then sl1, k1, psso, k3 k2tog (you will need to move a stitch over from the right-hand needle).

Rnd 13: Knit around until you reach the last 5 stitches. Then sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog (you will need to move a stitch over from the right-hand needle).

Knit 5 rounds.

Switch to the broken rib stitch for 12-14 rounds. Bind off using a stretchy bind off method.

Now it’s time to go back and finish up the thumb. Divide the 11 stitches from the scrap yarn onto two DPN’s. Using a third DPN, pick up four stitches from the open edge of the work.

Knit around in the broken rib stitch for about 6 rows. Bind off. Check for any holes along the thumb area and use the cast-on tails to “sew” them closed.

Weave in ends. Repeat the pattern exactly to make the second glove.

Download the free PDF printer-friendly version of the pattern HERE.

If you enjoy this free pattern, I’d love for you to pin one of the images below so others can enjoy it too! Thanks so much!

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36 COMMENTS

  1. These were my very first attempt at fingerless gloves. I love them! The pattern was easy to follow ~ thank you! I'm going to make another pair!

  2. Hi, I would like to try to knit your cute fingerless mittens.
    But I can’t open and/or download the PDF version patters (“here”).
    Do you have any idea the thickness of the DPN number 7, in mm is? Ik live in Amsterdam, and use mm as standard size.

    Thank you so much!
    Regards,

    • Size 7 needles are 4.5mm. The printable PDF pattern is a Google Drive document, so sometimes, especially if you are at work or on a shared computer, it won’t let you access the file.

  3. Great pattern really enjoyed knitting them, I’m definitely going to make more. Found it very calming, Thank you for sharing.

  4. […] I used Cascade 100% Merino Wool, color #2422, Lavender Heather. It is gorgeous yarn! I love the slight variation in color and how it adds so much dimension to the final fabric. I have to say, I am becoming a bit of a yarn connoisseur. I wouldn’t say I’m a yarn snob yet, but I do find myself gravitating towards the pricier balls of goodness. Why can’t Red Heart feel like bamboo silk? Why?! Find the complete (and free) pattern for these fingerless gloves here. […]

  5. Making a pain right now. I’ve finished the main part and am on the thumb part. I divided the 11 stitch’s and picked up 4 more but don’t have any yarn to knit with? Did I do something wrong? Please help.

    • It’s really hard to tell what’s wrong without seeing it. If you don’t have yarn to knit with, you definitely did something wrong. Did you pick up 4 stitches from the wrong side? The 11 stitches will kind of just hang out there in space for now until you come back at the end to fix them, so you just ignore them and keep knitting around them. Does that help at all?

      • I finished the hand portion. Went pack to the 11 stitches decided them on two needles. Now where does the yarn come from for picking up the four stitches and for knitting the thumb?

          • Ok so how do I start, with the picking up of the four stitches? Sorry I’m such a pest… I do live the pattern, I just want to understand it…

    • I would say the pattern as written is medium. It’s simple to increase the size… just add an extra repeat of the pattern when you cast on.

  6. Hi Colleen,
    Beginner knitter here. I am knitting this (love the pattern) but have one question. I just finished the increase and slipped the 11 stitches on the contrasting yarn. I have 32 left in the round (+4 cast on), so 36 total. If we decrease by 4 stitches total, won’t that leave 32? How do you finish with broken rib? Could you please help me understand? Thanks!

      • It’s been a while since I made these, but I think you might lose one stitch count when you join to work in the round again, leaving 33 stitches.

      • I’m making these right now, and just read the comments to see if anyone else had mentioned this. I too ended up with 32 after the two decrease rounds, so ended up making one to complete the broken rib with 33 stitches.

        • YES! I’ve ripped out twice because of this! I just cast of 5 additional stitches, so after the slipping and K2tog, I ended up with 33.

  7. I have tried a few patterns specifically looking for thumb gussets that looked and felt right. This is the best pattern I’ve found! The pattern using worsted weight is a bonus! They work up so quickly and easily. I made them last winter and they immediately became my favorite pair. I am excited to make more. Thank you!

  8. Can these be worked on circular needles rather than double point? I can not knit on double point needles for some reason! I think my brain has a double point needle blockage!!

      • You could try using the magic loop method, I always do that when a pattern calls for DPNs because I find DPN’s really awkward. I haven’t tried this pattern yet but am about to start, will let you know how it goes!

        I’ve also seen people use 2 sets of circular needles to knit in the round which is similar and possibly easier. I just don’t have enough circulars of the same size so haven’t tried it!

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