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Beginner’s Garter-edged Mitts – Free Pattern!

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Blue & purple variegated fingerless mittsSo I knit another pair of the garter edged mitts. Both pairs were simply meant to be examples that I could bring to the knitting class I’ll be teaching, but I’ve been wearing the first pair around. Various things have happened to my past pairs of fingerless mitts/armwarmers/whatever you choose to call them. One is unraveling, one is missing its mate, one of another pair got thrown in with the wash by mistake and felted, another is missing. So it’s a good thing I have these! Now that I’m used to having them, going outside in fall seems incomplete without fingerless mitts. It’s not quite cold enough for mittens, but not warm enough for me to bear having my wrists exposed! Fingerless mitts are the perfect in-between. Isn’t this pair pretty? I’ve had this yarn around for quite awhile, and thought it would be great for a more colorful pair of these mitts.

As promised, here comes a pattern! Click here to download a nice little one page pdf file, or keep reading to view the pattern online.

Beginner’s Garter Edge Mitts

I love fingerless mitts. When I learned to knit, they were the first project I finished, and they quickly became a staple in my wardrobe for the long fall, winter, and spring seasons in Duluth, MN. I knit these fingerless mitts because I needed an easy but not too boring project that I could use to teach beginning knitters. Knit flat and seamed, the beginner will practice casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and binding off.

Any worsted weight yarn
Size 8 needles
Darning needle or tapestry needle


Cast on 28 stitches, leaving a 12” tail of yarn.

Rows 1-6: Knit. The fabric created by knitting all rows like this is called garter stitch.

Row 7 (RS, or right side): Knit.

Row 8 (WS, or wrong side): Purl.

The fabric created by alternating knit and purl rows is called stockinette stitch.

Continue in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 7”, or as longer if you prefer longer mitts.

Beginning on a RS row, knit 6 more rows.

Bind off leaving a 12” tail.


It is recommended to block the piece before seaming. Blocking will even out the stitches and help the piece lay flat, so seaming will be easier. To block, wet the piece in room temperature water and squeeze excess moisture out with a towel. Lay flat and straighten piece out to dry.

Using tail of yarn from cast on, seam the two sides together for 1.75 inches. Secure last stitch in seam by running yarn through it once more. Weave in remaining yarn and trim.

Using tail of yarn from bind off, seam beginning on other end of work. Seam until opening between the two seams (thumbhole) is about 1.75” wide. Try the mitt on and test size of thumbhole to adjust it to your preference. Secure last stitch in seam by running yarn through it again, weave in end and trim.


Written by nikkinbird

September 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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  1. Thanks for posting these cute mitts however the link to the .pdf file doesn’t work.


    September 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    • Thank you for letting me know! It looks like I had it hosted on Apple’s old service mobileme, which got taken down when they moved to iCloud. grr! I’ll get it fixed soon.


      September 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      • Hi. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern. I tried to down load it from my iPad sonI could print it, but it wants me to go into the i cloud and I don’t want to use that. Also when I favorited in Ravelry, it listed as no photo available. Is there any way you can put this pdf in the Ravelry library.? I have offered to teach free knitting to the seniors at my senior center. Many of the crochet , but do not knit. Thank you.


        May 27, 2018 at 11:51 am

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