I recently knit 2 pair of fingerless mitts for the grandkids out west. They saw Granny wearing hers each day we were there and wanted some for themselves. I wrote up a pattern that was scaled down from the adult size mitts. I had also knitted leg warmers for our granddaughter and made the fingerless mitts similar in pattern that part was done in stocking stitch and the remainder in ribbing.
The Grape Fizz purple yarn was used for the leg warmers and mitts and a Blue Rainbow was used for the other. Both used 3.25 or 3.5 mm needles and were knitted flat and then joined up along the side where the thumb opening was. The blue ones look smaller, but they aren’t, it is just because they are knitted in all ribbing and the yarn used was slightly thinner.
Kids Fingerless Mitts
- 3.25 mm needles, sock weight yarn
- Cast on 38 stitches
- Work ribbing
- row 1 – k2 p2 until end
- row 2 – p2 k2 until end
- Continue repeating row 1 and 2 for 30 rows
- Knit in front and back (kfb) in first 4 stitches, ribbing to last 4 stitches, kdb 4 times, should be 46 stitches
- 32 – K2 P2 to last 2, then k2
- 33- P2 K2 to last 2 then p2
- 34 – as 32
- 35 – as 33
- 36 – as 32
- 37 – as 33
- 38 – CO 4, leave last cast off stitch on right needle, K1 (P2 K2) to end
- 39 – CO 4, leave last cast off stitch on right needle, P1 (K2 P2) to end, should be 38 stitches, the cast off stitches will form the top of the thumb opening in both rows
- 40 – (K2 P2) to last 2, K2
- 41 – (P2 K2) to last 2, P2
- 42 – as 40
- 43 – as 41
- 44 – as 40
- 45 – Cast off, leave long tail to join sides. be sure to leave opening for thumb
So that the ones matched the leg warmers I had knit, I did an adjustment in the pattern and did rows 32 to 38 in stocking stitch. (One row knit, one row purl) The pattern I used is above if you want to try them out. I’m not the greatest of writing down patterns and may have tweaked it here and there to suit myself. I’m sure you can do the same if you come across a part that isn’t crystal clear.
For the leg warmer pattern I just cast on 40 stitches on a dpns and did 10 rows of ribbing, then 55 rows of stocking stitch and 10 more rows of ribbing.
These were quick and easy little patterns to make up. They have been mailed out west to the grandkids where I’m sure they will enjoy wearing them.