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4 ply Fingerless Mitts

Free knitting pattern for 4ply fingerless mitts, brought to you by Southern Cross Knitting magazine

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Yarns from left to right:

Patons Patonyle. 4 ply, 80% wool/20% nylon. Colour 4307. 190m per 50gm ball.

Bendigo Mills 4 ply sock yarn. 80% wool/20% nylon. Unknown colour name. Approximately 380m per 100gm ball.

Opal Magic. Colour 1038. 75% machine wash wool/25% nylon. 425m per 100gm ball.


Lady’s medium: to fit a hand with a 20cm circumference.


Approximately 140 metres of 4 ply yarn.

Needles: A set of double pointed needles in sizes 3mm and 3.25mm


28sts to 10cm in stocking stitch on 3.25mm needles.


m1 = make one stitch by putting your needle under the bar that lies between stitches, twist it (to avoid making a hole), and knit it.

SSK = Slip, slip, knit.

SSK is an alternative way of working the old “slip 1, K1, pass slipped st over”, which is a leftward slanting decrease.
Slip the next st from left hand needle to right hand needle knitways. Slip next st the same way. Return both sts to left hand needle in their new twisted positions and knit the two stitches together.


Using 3mm needles cast on 56 sts and join for knitting in the round. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Work 5cm k1, p1 rib.

Change to 3.25mm needles and work in stocking st (knit every round) for 1cm.

Work thumb gusset as follows:

k26, m1, k1, m1, k29

Knit one round plain

k26, m1, k3, m1, k29

Knit one round plain

k26, m1, k5, m1, k29

Knit one round plain

Continue increasing in this manner (working 2 more stitches between m1’s on every second round), until you reach k26, m1, k17, m1, k29

Next round: k26, put the next 19sts on a stitch holder or waste yarn, cast on 3sts, k to the end of the round.

Next round: k25, ssk, k1, k2tog, k28

Continue in stocking stitch on these 56 sts for 2cm.

Change to 3mm needles and work 2cm k1, p1 rib. Cast off in rib.

Work thumb as follows:

Using 3mm needles, slip the stitches from your st holder onto your working needles, then pick up 5sts at the point where you cast on 3sts for the hand of the mitt after completing the thumb gusset. Place a marker for the beginning of the round.

1st round: Work p1, k1 ribbing to the last 6sts (note that you have started with a purl stitch!), p2tog, k1, p1, k1 remove end of round marker, p2tog, replace end of round marker.

Work 1cm k1, p1 rib. Cast off in rib.


Darn in any loose ends, making sure to neaten any holes that may be visible near the base of the thumb ribbing.

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