How to Knit a Pair of Fingerless Mittens – Knitting Class

Last Friday we had a new session of our Knitting Classes in Amsterdam De Pijp. It was a cozy group and the time just flew as it happens to be when you are having a good time.

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Knitting Class 20140411

Over the almost 2 hours that the class lasts we discussed many subjects and stitches and I brought with me a few ideas of projects that would be appropriate for practicing the new skills.

The new knitters and I agreed on the Simple Fingerless Mitts Recipe, it’s a very easy pattern that can be adjusted to any yarn weight. It requires knowing the gauge of your yarn/needles and the size/circumference of your hand and length that you will like it to be.

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Here is the recipe to make this pair:

I have used Alaska (bulky weight) and 8 mm needles.

My gauge is 12 sts in 26 rows of garter stitch in 10 cm / 4″.

  1. Cast on enough stitches to cover your palm. In my case I have casted on 20 sts.
  2. Cuff: Work 5 cm of rows in garter stitch for the cuff. I have worked 13 rows of garter and then purled one to end with a WS (wrong side) row.
  3. Hand: Work in St st (Stockinette stitch) for about 7 cm. I have worked 4 cm in St st and 2 in moss stitch, then 2 rows back to St st.
  4. Knuckles:  Go down a needle size if possible and work approx. 3 cm of ribbing.
  5. Sew both sides together leaving enough room for your thumb (try and find the best place for it) and weave in ends.

Congratulations! You have now finished your first mitten, make another one, you can change colours or pattern or add a flower, button or any little detail to the back of the hand to differentiate them.

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I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial, feel free to show us your new mittens.

Happy knitting!


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