Fingerless Gloves Pattern | Magic Mittens

fingerless gloves patternThis fingerless gloves pattern makes two-way mitten gloves that combine the versatility of fingerless gloves with the warmth of mittens. The gloves have been worked in different colours and the rich, autumnal shades used would look great throughout the season. Of course, you could knit them in a plain or variegated colour. Gloves are most successful when knitted in lightweight (DK) yarns. The yarn used here is 100% wool and knits up in stockinette stitch beautifully.

For this fingerless gloves pattern you will need…

One 50g (1¾oz) lightweight (DK) wool yarn (120m/131yd per ball) in:

  • pumpkin (A)
  • green (B)
  • gold (C)
  • yellow (D)
  • russet red (E)

One pair size 3 (3.25mm) knitting needles

One pair size 6 (4mm) knitting needles

Two small buttons

Stitch markers

Knitting notes… The gauge in this fingerless gloves pattern is 22 sts and 28 rows to 10.2cm (4in) measured over stocking stitch using size 6 (4mm) needles. To fi t sizes S [M:L]; width around palm is 18 [20.5:22]cm (7 [8:8½]in) and 18 [19:20.5]cm (7 [7½:8]in) long from wrist to top of mitten flap.

Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Knit the right glove

Using size 3 (3.25mm) needles and A, cast on 40 [44:48] sts.
• Row 1 *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
• Rep until rib is 6cm (2½in).
• Change to needle size 6 (4mm) and colour B and work 2 rows in st st (1 row k, 1 row p), starting with a k row.**
Shape the thumb gusset:
• Next Row K20 [22:24], M1, k2, M1, k18 [20:22]. 42 [46:50] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K20 [22:24], M1, k4, M1, k18 [20:22]. 44 [48:52] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K20 [22:24], M1, k6, M1, k18 [20:22]. 46 [50:54] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K20 [22:24], M1, k8, M1, k18 [20:22]. 48 [52:56] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K20 [22:24], M1, k10, M1, k18 [20:22]. 50 [54:58] sts.
• Purl 1 row.

Thumb

• Next Row K32 [34:36], turn.
• Next Row, using C, cast on 2 sts, p14 (including last 2 sts just cast on), turn and cast on 2 sts.
• Using colour C, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 16 sts only for thumb, ending with a p row.
• Bind off. Join thumb seam.
• With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and B, pick up and k 2 sts across base of thumb, k across 18 [20:22] unworked sts on left-hand needle. 40 [44:48] sts.
• Work 2 rows. Place stitch markers on 2nd and 19th [21st:23rd] sts of last row.
***Cont in st st without shaping until work measures 4 [4.5:5]cm (1½ [1¾: 2]in) from pick-up sts at base of thumb, ending with a p row. Try the glove on; it should reach the base of your fingers. Add or subtract rows if needed to fit your hand length.

First finger

• Next Row K25 [27:30] sts, turn.
• Next Row, using D, cast on 2 sts, p12 [12:14] (including 2 just cast on), turn and cast on 2 sts.
• Using D, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 14 [14:16] sts only for first finger, ending with a p row.
• Bind off. Join finger seam.

Second finger

• With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and C, pick up and k2 sts across base of first finger, k5 [6:6] and turn.
• Next Row, cast on 1 st, p13 [15:15] (including st just cast on), turn and cast on 1 st.
• Using C, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 14 [16:16] sts only for second finger, ending with p row.
• Bind off. Join finger seam.

Third finger

• With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and A, pick up and k2 sts across base of second fi nger, k5 [6:6]. Turn.
• Next Row, cast on 1 st, p13 [15:15] (including st just cast on), turn and cast on 1 st.
• Using A, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 14 [16:16] sts only for third finger, ending with a p row.
• Bind off. Join finger seam.

Fourth finger

• With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and E, pick up and k4 sts across base of third fi nger, k across 5 [5:6] unworked sts to end.
• Next Row P across all 14 [14:16] rem sts.
• Using E, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 14 [14:16] sts only for fourth fi nger, ending with p row.
• Bind off. Join fi nger seam.

fingerless gloves patternMitten flap

• Using size 3 (3.25mm) needles and E, cast on 20 [22:24] sts.
• Row 1 *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
• Rep this row 3 times more.
Leave sts on a spare needle.
•With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and D, cast on 1 st then pick up and k18 [20:22] sts between markers on back of glove. 19 [21:23] sts.
• P 1 row.
• Next Row K19 [21:23] then k across 20 [22:24] sts of rib from spare needle. 39 [43:47] sts.
****Work in st st until flap measures 6 [9:9]cm (2½ [3½:3½]in) from pick-up row, ending with a p row. Try on; the flap should be 2.5cm (1in) below the top of your longest finger. Add or subtract rows to fi t your hand length if necessary.

Shape the top

• Next Row K1, ssk, k14 [16:18], k3tog, ssk, k14 [16:18], k2tog, k1. 34 [38:42] sts.
• P 1 row.
• Next Row K1, (ssk, k12 [14:16], k2tog) twice, k1. 30 [34:38] sts.
• P 1 row.
• Next Row K1, (ssk, k10 [12:14], k2tog) twice, k1. 26 [30:34] sts.
• P 1 row.
• Next Row K1, (k3tog tbl, k6 [8:10], k3tog) twice, k1. 18 [22:26] sts.
• Bind off.

Knit the left glove

Work as given for right glove (step 1) to **.

Shape thumb gusset

• Next Row K18 [20:22], M1, k2, M1, k20 [22:24]. 42 [46:50] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K18 [20:22], M1, k4, M1, k20 [22:24]. 44 [48:52] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K18 [20:22], M1, k6, M1, k20 [22:24]. 46 [50:54] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K18 [20:22], M1, k8, M1, k20 [22:24]. 48 [52:56] sts.
• Work 3 rows in st st.
• Next Row K18 [20:22], M1, k10, M1, k20 [22:24]. 50 [54:58] sts.
• Purl 1 row.

Thumb

• Next Row K30 [32:34] and turn.
• Next Row, using C, cast on 2 sts (using cable cast-on), p14 (including last 2 sts just cast on), turn and cast on 2 sts.
• Using C, work 2.5cm (1in) on these 16 sts only for thumb, ending with a p row.
• Bind off. Join thumb seam.
• With RS of work facing using size 6 (4mm) needles and B, pick up and k2 sts across base of thumb, k20 [22:24] unworked sts on left-hand needle. 40 [44:48] sts.
• Work 2 rows. Place markers on the 22nd [24th:26th] and 39th [43rd:47th] sts of the last row.
• Work as given for the right glove from ***.

Mitten flap

• Using size 3 (3.25mm)needles and E, cast on 20 [22:24] sts loosely.
• Row 1 *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
• Rep this row 3 times more. Leave these sts on a spare needle.
• With RS of work facing, using size 6 (4mm) needles and D, pick up and k18 [20:22] sts between markers on back of glove.
• Next Row, cast on 1 st, p to end. 19 [21:22] sts.
• K 1 row.
• Next Row P19 [21:23] then p across 20 [22:24] sts of rib from spare needle. 39 [43:47] sts.
• Complete as given for mitten flap of right glove from ****.

Finish

To finish, sew in all yarn ends. Join the top seam of the mitten flap. Join the side seam of the flap to the top of rib. Sew each end of the rib flat on to the glove. Join the side seam of the glove. Make a small loop in the middle of the top of the flap, using 2 strands of D. Work buttonhole stitch evenly over the loop. Fold the flap over on to the back of glove, mark the position of the loop and sew on a small button.

This fingerless gloves pattern was excerpted from The Knitter’s Bible Knitted Accessories by Claire Crompton. For more free knitting patterns, download our free knitted scarves ebook and visit our online shop for all things knitting!

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16 thoughts on “Fingerless Gloves Pattern | Magic Mittens

  1. Thank you !!

    I have been looking for this kind of pattern for years. I made gloves for myself and family members, but the pattern was lost during a house move.

    Now, I can make gloves again.

  2. Am I right that these don’t knit up in the round and that you have to actually sew them up at the end, presumably creating a seam all the way down one side of the glove?

  3. Hey I really need some help here! I don’t understand the pattern when it says to sew the rib flat on the the glove. Should I be sewing on the the back of the hand or the palm side? Either way it seems to stop the flap from working as it should. Please help!

  4. Hi Martha, the pattern suggests that you sew the rib onto the flap on the palm side, before folding it back to the back of the hand to determine the button placement. I have not knitted these myself so am not 100% sure. Let me know if you are still struggling and I will ask the lady that knitted them!

  5. I am a novice but a bit confused about the thumb shaping – if I need 32 and turn, I get left with 18 stitches. I then cast on 2, and purl 14 in total before turning again, leaving 6 stitches. When do I go back to those 6 stitches / what do I do with them?

  6. Hi Cath,
    The thumb is worked on only part of the stitches that you have on your needle. When the thumb is completed, you return to the stitches that are left and complete the glove. I’ve written the instructions out so hopefully they explain this a bit more.
    Thumb
    Next Row: K32 sts and TURN the work as though at the end of a row. You will have 18 sts at the end unworked; these are left here until the thumb is completed.
    Next Row: Cast on 2 sts then purl these 2 sts and the next 12 sts, making 14 sts in total. TURN the work, leaving 20 sts at the end unworked; these are left here until the thumb is completed. cast on another 2 sts and you will have 16 sts in the middle of the glove for the thumb.
    Complete the thumb as instructed.
    Then you return to the remaining sts on your needles; 18 sts on one side of the thumb and 20 sts on the other side.
    Pick up 2 sts across the base of the thumb and then k across the 18 sts to the end of the row.
    Turn the work and purl across all sts; 18 sts, 2 sts at base of thumb and 20 sts on the other side. 40 sts in tot al.
    Follow the pattern instructions from now on. The fingers are made in the same way; by working to the middle of the row and then turning the work and working the sts for the finger. There will always be unworked sts at each side, waiting to be used for the next finger and so on.
    I hope this helps!
    Rosie

    1. Saw this pattern and fell in love with it, but having a problem with the first finger, right glove.
      The pattern states to K25, but I only have 20 stitches on the left needle and 20 on the right.
      What am I missing?
      Thank you for any help you can give me.

      1. Hi Desi, I have asked Claire Compton for clarification here and she has come back and said the following:
        After the thumb has been completed and the seam sewn together, you will have 20 sts on the right hand needle and 18 sts on the left hand needle. You pick up 2 stitches across the base of the thumb and then knit the 18 sts on the left hand needle.
        On the next row which is a purl row, you must purl across the 18 sts, the 2 stitches from the thumb and then the 20 stitches from the other needle. This makes 40 sts. Work in stocking stitch on all these stitches to the base of the first finger.
        The first row of the finger is knit 25 stitches and turn. Work the finger as it is written and then the other fingers. Stitches will be left unworked on each needle as you work the fingers but these will then gradually be used up as the fingers are made.
        I hope that helps.
        Thanks
        Nadine

  7. Hello*
    I’ve started to knit the gloves and its going fine, except for when it comes to the mitten part. How do I pick up the 18 stitches I need to knit? That’s the only part I don’t understand?
    Thanks so much, I love this pattern 🙂

  8. Hi Jane, you work the mitten flaps separately and then attach them to the gloves. The instructions at the end of the pattern explain how to attach them:

    Finish
    To finish, sew in all yarn ends. Join the top seam of the mitten flap. Join the side seam of the flap to the top of rib. Sew each end of the rib flat on to the glove. Join the side seam of the glove. Make a small loop in the middle of the top of the flap, using 2 strands of D. Work buttonhole stitch evenly over the loop. Fold the flap over on to the back of glove, mark the position of the loop and sew on a small button.

    thanks,
    Sarah

  9. Hi, please help! I’m trying to knit the fingerless gloves pattern, but when I get to the ‘second finger’ part I’m not sure how to ‘pick up’ stitches. I’ve tried to look on YouTube but can’t find how to do it anywhere. I would be incredibly grateful if you could reply! Thank you 🙂

  10. Hi please can you assist I was having such fun knitting this pattern, but not being a boffin at knitting.
    I am unfortunately stuck at the thumb section of “PICK UP AND KNIT 2 STS ACROSS BASE OF THE THUMB”

    I don’t want to “thumb suck” as to which 2 sts and whereabouts to pick up since I am proud of what I have
    already of achieved. By base do you mean the two sts casted on to get to 16sts or is it 2 other stitches elsewhere ?

    I also see that this method continues with all the other fingers as well I am so frustrated at the moment because I am stuck.

    Wish you could send me a diagram/drawing of the all the finger “pick up and knit 2sts across the base” stages of the pattern. I would be very chuffed 🙂

    Kind Regards
    Sheryl

    1. Good morning.
      Thank you for your comment, I am so glad you are enjoying the project.
      I have sent you an email with regards to the pattern. Please check your spam and junk folders for my email as it does have a habit of landing in there.
      Thanks
      Nadine

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