5 Fingerless Mitts to Knit this Fall

One morning, not too long ago, I woke up and looked out my bedroom window to see yellow peeking through the blanket of green behind our house. The air that morning was just a bit chillier, the light just a bit dimmer. I had been fantasizing about this day for months, and now, at last, it had arrived.

Time for fingerless mitts.

Fingerless mitts are one of my favorite things to knit. Not only are they amazing for the chilly (but not outright cold) days of autumn, but they can easily be worn at the office while on the computer, in the car while driving, and the list goes on. They’re versatile fashion statements as well as being gorgeous and engaging to knit.

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Bay Mitts by Mone Dräger. Photo by Harper Point Photography

When I was going through the projects for knitscene Fall 2019, I kept returning to designer Mone Dräger’s Bay Mitts. The asymmetrical combination of twisted ribbing and garter stitch captured my imagination; the mitts are fairly simple to knit, but so gorgeous in execution! I cast on my own pair, and I’m nearly finished with the first one (huzzah!).

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Please excuse my messy mitt; I strung some life-lines through a couple rows to avoid frogging!

Designer Angela Tong contributed a gorgeous pair of fingerless mitts to Interweave Knits Fall 2019—the Evening Frost Mitts.

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Evening Frost Mitts by Angela Tong. Photo by Harper Point Photography.

They are knit using stranded-colorwork to create an alluring pattern, moving gently from one color to the other as you knit them up. I can’t help but love the two-color ribbing at the cuff and top of the mitts: a perfect reflection of the transition between summer and winter.

When I was working on this article, I decide to hop on Ravelry to see which patterns were getting lots of love, and I was particularly swept away by designer Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Bucheron Mitts from Interweave Knits Winter 2014.

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Bucheron Mitts by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Photo by Joe Hancock.


Three colors are used to whip these up, two colors to create a plaid along the main body of the mitts and a third as edging. Take a look at the Ravelry page—there are so many lovely versions that knitters have created!

One challenge I have yet to attempt is fingerless mitts that have, well, fingers!

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Inlaid Lace Mitts by Rebecca Blair. Photo by Joe Hancock.

The gorgeous Inlaid Lace Mitts by designer Rebecca Blair in Interweave Knits Spring 2013 start with a delicate lace pattern on the back of the hand before stitches are picked up for the palm. And then, of course, you knit each finger individually!

If you didn’t figure it out from the first mitts on this list, I love texture. So when I saw designer Uma Padu’s Bloomsbury Mitts from Love of Knitting Fall 2017, I was utterly enchanted.

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Bloomsbury Mitts by Uma Padu. Photo by George Boe.

These mitts are longer than most of the ones on this list, and they use ribbing to create a hypnotic herringbone pattern that runs the length of each one. The design would be perfect for a variegated yarn or a solid color, where the pattern can really shine.

I hope you’ll join me this autumn in casting on some gorgeous fingerless gloves!

Be sure to count your stitches!

Featured Photo Credits: Bay Mitts and Evening Frost Mitts by Harper Point Photography; Inlaid Lace Mitts by Joe Hancock

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