These cozy fingerless mitts in two sizes feature a fitted
thumb gusset and deeply-textured openwork
pattern. Inspired by the shapes and colors
of berries that accessorize bare branches during winter, these
mitts add a similar touch of bright freshness to winter outerwear.
Knit up in sportweight
yarn, these are a light, but substantial
layer to wear indoors or out. These mitts work up quickly in
the round for a dashing fall/winter accessory to keep or give
Substituting yarn weights and/or needles
may result in an overall variation in size.
Hanson photos: David
S[L] (shown in size large)
5.5[6.5] inches (unstretched) to fit hands up to 7.5[8.5] inches
Studio Pathway Sport [100% Superwash
Merino; 275 yd/251 m per 100g/3.5 ounces skein]; color: Roast
Carrots; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US 2/2.75mm double-point needles OR
1 long US 2/2.75mm circular needle for magic loop method OR
2 shorter US 2/2.75mm circular needles for two-circulars method
Note: Throughout the pattern, instructions
are arranged in order with small size first, followed by large
size in parentheses, S(L). Where only one number occurs, it refers
to both sizes. Cuff
Loosely CO 42 sts. Divide sts over needles as you prefer,
ensuring each needle has a multiple of
7 sts. Note
or mark beginning of round.
Work the textured pattern for 2 repeats (32 rounds) to form
Continuing pattern as established, work next rnd as
follows: Round 1: M1, place first gusset marker,
work pattern to end of rnd, place second gusset marker, m1
in previous st. 44 total sts; 2 increases made.
Note: The 2 sts between the new markers are the start of
the thumb gusset. From this point, the number of gusset
sts will increase every 4th round to form a triangle.
Rounds 2-4: K to first gusset marker, slip marker,
work in pattern to second gusset marker, slip marker, k to end
Round 5: K to first gusset
marker, m1, slip marker, work in pattern
to second gusset marker, slip marker,
m1, k to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 2-5 5 times MORE, then work Rounds
2-4 again, stopping last rnd one stitch
before the second gusset marker. 56
total sts; 14 gusset sts between
Divide thumb from mitt: slip the last 8 sts of the rnd and
the first 8  sts of the next round
to a piece of scrap yarn (the 14 
gusset sts plus 1 purl st on either side). 16(20)
total thumb sts on holder. 40 sts
on needles. Gusset markers can be removed.
With working yarn, and using the backward loop method, CO 2
sts at end of rnd. 42 sts on needles.
Work next rnd of pattern as established, stopping before last
stitch of round. Slip the last stitch
from the end of the round to the start of the round without working
it. This stitch will be the new first stitch of the round. Move
your start of round marker or rearrange stitches as required.
Hand round: Work textured pattern around.
Continue working textured pattern in
rounds as established until mitt measures 1.5 inches from
thumb divide (or to desired length), ending pattern on nearest
Round 3 or 11. BO all sts neatly while working next rnd of
Place stitches from yarn holder onto
needles as follows: place first and last
stitch from holder on one needle, so that
the “gap” is
between them, then place the remaining
sts onto the other needle(s).
Round 1: With RS facing, k1 (to the gap), then pick
up and knit 2 sts in the thumb gap, knit
remaining sts around. 18 thumb sts.
Knit 3 rnds.
Round 5: (K7, k2tog) twice 16 sts.
Ribbing rnd: [K2, p2] to end.
Repeat this rnd 3 times more, binding
off all sts neatly in rib on last rnd.
Work second mitt same as
Weave in all loose ends on WS of work. To block, soak mitts
in cool water with wool soap for 60 minutes. Rinse and roll
in a towel to squeeze out excess moisture. Lay flat to air dry;
turn and reshape pieces as needed.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Knitspot owner and designer Anne Hanson, a life-long knitter with
a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, began designing
knitwear sometime in the 1970s. Anne, who teaches and writes about
knitting, spinning, and designing at her blog, knitspot.com,
lives and works in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too.
Anne’s background as a patternmaker/draper, technical
designer, and costumer in New York City’s garment industry
informs her work, providing a rich source of experience in garment
construction and fit, as well as knowledge of a wide range of
fibers and fabrics.
Anne’s design work/profile has been included in Knitty,
The Knitter, Interweave Knits, and Twist Collective, Sock Club,
Brave New Knits, as well as several upcoming publications. In
addition, her designs have been commissioned for several popular
sock and lace clubs, including the Rockin’ Sock Club®,
the Woolgirl sock and lace clubs, the Yarn4Socks club, the Fearless
Fibers clubs, and Dye Dreams Sock Club.