Saturday, November 28, 2009

Two-needle convertible fingerless mitts

Been busy with more knitting, although I really need to stop knitting pretty things for myself and get on with the Christmas presents I need to make. Hmmmmm easier said than done though!

These I made this week for the drive to and from work now it's getting colder. I need my fingers free to steer, but I wanted some cover for when I'm not driving. I had again spied something similar on the high street and wanted to make my own, but couldn't find a free pattern. So I made up my own and here it is. And even better, these babies are knit on two needles then sewn up, so the pattern is ideal for beginners or those who just find knitting in the round too fiddly. I have shared it on so if you use it please go share your photos, I'd love to see it in other colours :)

Two-needle convertible fingerless mitts

DK weight yarn

Needle size 4mm / US 6

Main mitt section

Cast on 40 stitches

Rows 1 to 5 - work in K2, P2 ribbing.

Continue in stockinette stitch until your work reaches the desired length (keep checking by placing it on your hand. My finished mitts are 9 inches, which I find covers my wrists right up to my knuckles.)

Then work the final 7 rows in K2, P2 ribbing.

Cast off.

Stitch the sides together using matress stitch, leaving a 2-3 inch gap for your thumb (again check the size and location as you go)

Thumb section

Cast on 17 stitches

Work in stockinette stitch for about 20 rows or 3 inches (a couple less if you have a shorter thumb or a couple more if you have a long thumb).

Break the yarn leaving a good tail and use a needle to pull the yarn through the live stitches, pull tight and secure. Then stitch the sides together.

Stitch the thumb section to the mitt section.

Mitt flap section

Cast on 42 stitches.

Work in stockinette stitch for about 3 inches, a little less for shorter fingers, a little more for longer fingers.

Then decrease as follows:

* K5, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row. Purl one row, knit one row, purl one row.
* K4, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row. Purl one row, knit one row, purl one row.
* K3, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row. Purl one row.
* K2, K2tog, repeat from * to end of row. Purl one row.
* K2tog, repeat from * to end of row. Purl one row.

Cast off leaving a long tail, sew a small loop at the tip for the button and sew down the sides. Then with one of the mitts on your hand, work out the position of the flap and sew to the mitt. Finally sew on a button in the right position and do it all again to make a second one.

Enjoy :)

Natalie x


Unknown said...

Just what I was looking for! Thanks ever so much for sharing it! I will be posting pictures on Ravelry when I make them (if I survive the Christmas Knitathon!)

shufflebare said...

Girl YOU ARE AWESOME. I have been searching for so long for a pattern exactly like this. Everyone seems to think they need fingers I DON'T. Thank you so very much for sharing this. I sincerely appreciate it.
Only the best wishes for you in this new year.

Anonymous said...

Fab gloves thanx for sharing with us xx jo xx

dfh3 said...

Thanks for the pattern - having a go at them now. Will let you know how they go and post a pic of the finished article.


dfh3 said...

Thanks for the pattern. Starting them now.


Unknown said...

Thank you I will add this to my to do list very nice too xx