Colorful Mittens and Gloves Knitting Patterns
Brighten up those gray winter days with colorful mittens, gloves, and mitts. From easy colorwork with multi-colored yarn or slip stitches to more detailed work with fair isle and intarsia, these patterns will warm your heart as well as your hands!
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Free Knitting Patterns
Fair Isle Mitts or Mittens
Learn how to make cute and cozy Fair Isle mittens or fingerless mitts with knitting teacher extraordinaire, Edie Eckman. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug OR purchase pattern and class individually.
These fingerless mitts are designed to showcase multi-color yarn with subtle texture and contrasting cuffs. Designed by Erin Kate Archer for Red Heart Yarn.
Fingerless mitts with dramatic cuffs with mutli-directional design in short rows. Women’s S[M, L]. Perfect for self-striping or variegated yarn. Designed by Samantha Schroete for Knitty
Designed by Dagmar Mora, these fingerless mitts are knit flat and wrapped around the hand to imitate spats. The feather and fan lace gives a lovely texture that showcases variegated yarn well, yet also works well with solid yarn. Sizes: Women’s S[M, L] Pictured project by johannab
These fair isle fingerless mitts are a great stashbuster. Designed by Colleen Powley. Pictured project by tressalee
Cold Weather Cables
This matching set of headband and fingerless mitts by Edie Eckman features an easy cable and the patterns are rated easy by both Red Heart and knitters on Ravelry. However, in addition to cabling, it requires the use of double pointed needles, so those new to those skills might find it a challenge. Looks great in multi-color yarn!
Pieces of Eight Mitts
The miracle of this design by Knitting and So On is that these fingerless gloves are knitted in one piece (no yarn cutting involved) beginning at the thumb. The “Eight”-Shape is achieved by increasing in the first part of a row, and decreasing in the second part.
Embroidered Wrist Warmers
Knit and Crochet Now designed these two-color fingerless mitts with a diamond pattern embellishment. Yarn is also available at the pattern site.
These fingerless mitts feature stockinette triangles made with short rows. Great stashbuster! Designed by Tiina Huhtaniemi. Pictured project by Juliemross
Easy slip stitch colorwork and multi-color yarn make these stunning mitts by the amazing designer Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Hexagon Mitts in Two Colors
These fingerless mitts by Knitting and So On are knit in one piece without cutting the yarn. The colorwork is achieved by changing the color every other row. Great for multi-color yarn!
Fair Isle Cuffs
Julie Williams’ fingerless mitts are knit as a straight tubular cuff worked in bands of Fair Isle color-work. Pictured project by rosyretro
Minuet Knit’s colorful mittens also comes with a fingerless mitts option.
Mad Men Mittens
Staci Perry was inspired by the Mad Men episode “The Grown Ups”. In the first scene, Peter Campbell is sleeping on the sofa and Lindy, his secretary, reaches a mittened hand down to wake him. Staci says the mittens are “as absolutely accurate to the originals as possible, except for a few rows of additional color on the thumb (to make for friendlier knitting and fit).” Pictured project by pebblestx
Comfy Knit Wristers
Tulip Fingerless Gloves
These gloves are from Martin Storey’s book Floral Knits, 25 gorgeous knitted garments and accessories, some with applied flowers and others with floral designs knitted into them, others with the designs embroidered on top. The projects range from sweaters, boleros and shrugs to scarves, bags, and berets, cushions and throws.
These reversible mitts by Eunny Jang are perfect for highly contrasting yarns and a great project for beginneers in colorwork.
Mixed Waves Fingerless Mitts
Pattern by Knitting and So On creates elegant gloves from short row sections interspersed with garter stitch rows of a different color.
Tika Belle created this people-sized version of the amazing gloves designed by Althea Crome for the film version of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.
Patterns for Purchase
These Dragon Mitts can be knit flat or in the round. Crossed and twisted stitches create the design and also provide ease of fit. Great with multi-color yarn.
Hamburg Ahoi Mitts
These fingerless mitts are great stashbusters. Available in English and German. There is also a matching shawl pattern available.
Elinor Fingerless Mitts
These lovely ruffled gloves are a quick and easy knit. They feature a ribbed ruffle edge, corrugated ribbed wristband and lateral braid bind-off edging.
These fingerless mitts feature an an extra layer of warmth you can remove in milder weather. Knit extra wraps to match your wardrobe! 2 sizes
Rosie Accessory Set
Despite its appearance, this matching set with neck warmer, wristers and beanie is knitted with only 2 strands of yarn: a solid main solid color and a contrast variegated color, in a pretty rose/heart fair isle pattern, plus a simple picot edging for a feminine touch on the neck warmer and wristers.
Crocodile Knit Stitch Accessories
This pattern includes instructions for 3 accessories: wrister fingerless mitts, headband, and cowl using a knit version of the crocodile stitch.
Tradition Meets Modern Slouch Hat & Mitts
Striking striped set with colorwork cuff. One of the 30+ cozy knitting projects in Creative Knitting Winter 2015 digital download.
Wonder Woman Mitts
Fingerless mitts inspired by the DC super hero.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!