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Colorful Mittens and Gloves Knitting Patterns

by | Nov 8, 2016 | Gloves and Mittens

Knitting Patterns for Colorful Gloves, Mittens and Fingerless Mitts. Most patterns are free

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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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern and Class for Fair Isle Mitts or Mittens

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ridge Mitts

Ridge Mitts

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Weekend Mitts

Great Weekend Mitts

Easy striped fingerless mitts are great stashbusters. Designed by Thea Eschliman. Pictured project by nobiantary

Free Knitting Pattern for Fairyland Fingerless Mitts

Fairyland Mitts

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Movie Night Mittens

Movie Night Mittens

Betty Clay says her the stranded colorwork on these mittens is so simple that you can knit them while watching a movie.

Free Knitting Pattern for Spatterdash Wristwarmers

Spatterdash Wristwarmers

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Sporty Mitts

Sporty Mitts

These fair isle fingerless mitts are a great stashbuster. Designed by Colleen Powley. Pictured project by tressalee

Free knitting patterns for Cold Weather Cables fingerless mitts and headband

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.

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Free knitting pattern for Embroidered Fingerless Mitts and more wrist warmer knitting patterns

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Escalator Mitts

Escalator Mitts

These fingerless mitts feature stockinette triangles made with short rows. Great stashbuster! Designed by Tiina Huhtaniemi. Pictured project by Juliemross

Free Knitting Pattern for Isadora Mitts

Isadora Mitts

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Hexagon Mitts

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!

Free Knitting Pattern for Fair Isle Cuffs

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Funktastic Mittens

Funktastic Mittens

Minuet Knit’s colorful mittens also comes with a fingerless mitts option.

Free Knitting Pattern for Mad Men Mittens

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

Free knitting pattern for Comfy Knit Wristers

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Comfy Knit Wristers

Nazanin S. Fard’s hand warmers for Red Heart feature moss stitch and ribbing and are knit in the round with dpns or magic loop. Designed for multi-color yarn!

Magic Loop Tutorial

Free video tutorial for Magic Loop

Free knitting pattern for Tulip Fingerless Gloves

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.

Endpaper Fingerless Mitts free knitting pattern

Endpaper Mitts

These reversible mitts by Eunny Jang are perfect for highly contrasting yarns and a great project for beginneers in colorwork.

Mixed Wave Mitts free knitting pattern

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.

Free knitting pattern for Coraline gloves

Coraline Gloves

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

Knitting Pattern for Zigzag Mitts

Zigzag Mitts

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.

Knitting Pattern for Hamburg Ahoi Mitts

Hamburg Ahoi Mitts

These fingerless mitts are great stashbusters. Available in English and German. There is also a matching shawl pattern available.

Knitting Pattern for Elinor Fingerless Mitts

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.

Knitting Pattern for Fingerless Wraparounds

Fingerless Wraparounds

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

Knittting Pattern for Rosie Accessory Set

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.

See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annie’s

Knitting Pattern for Crocodile Stitch Mitts

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.

See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annie’s

Knitting Pattern for Circuit Mittens

Circuit Mittens

Circuit board patterns surround an Egyptian style cartouche containing chakra symbols in these energized mittens designed by SpillyJane. One of the patterns in Doomsday Knits. Pictured project by disco

See more pics and get Doomsday Knits on Etsy

Creative Knitting Winter 2015

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.

See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annie’s

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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