Easy Fingerless Mittens and Yes I Made Them For a Boy!

Fingerless mittens seem to be the thing this year.  I was able to finish this pair in time for Christmas, once I got started they were easy and I only had to make one alteration when I was done.  I made this pattern up – since I could not find a good one for a boy.  The only thing that was a problem was the thumb gusset.  Looking at several patterns I made the pattern consistent with them, but when it was done the thumb gusset was too big, so I had to sew it up some.  Stella really liked these and so did I – so two more pairs I think will be made shortly!

Unisex Fingerless Mittens

Items Needed

1 skein worsted weight yarn
Size 7 straight needles
Darning needle
Stitch markers (2)

Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch

I suppose these could be made on double pointed needles, but since I DO NOT like knitting on them – I chose to do on straight needles and sew up the seam.

1.  Cast on 32 stitches


2. Work in K2, P2 pattern for 2″

3. Work in stockinette stitch for 1.5″ (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), ending with a purl row

Thumb Gusset

Row 1: K14, place marker, K2, Kfb (knit into front and back of same stitch, this will increase 1 stitch), Kfb, K1, place marker, K13

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, Kfb, knit to one stitch before marker, kfb, slip marker, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Purl

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 44 stitches

Repeat row 3: you will now have 46 stitches

Next row: Purl 13, slip marker, P2, bind of 14 stitches, P2, slip marker (you will have 5 stitches between markers), purl to end of row

Next row: Knit to marker, remove marker, K2, Kfb, slip the stitch just made back onto left needle, K2tog, k1, remove marker, knit to end of row (32 stitches)

Next row: purl

Next row: knit

Work in K2, P2 pattern for 1.5″ (or until mitten is as long you like)

Bind off loosely, following pattern, leaving a long tail (you will use the tail to sew up the seam).

Sew up the seam and weave in ends.



If need be, use some of the yarn to sew up the thumb gusset and make it smaller.

see the difference in the thumbs?

sewing the thumb up






And here they are!

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2 Responses to Easy Fingerless Mittens and Yes I Made Them For a Boy!

  1. Candace Coffin says:

    Wow. You’re a fast knitter!! : ) Nice job.

  2. Jo says:

    Lucky Matteo.

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