Ease into knitting - fingerless mitts

March 07, 2019

If you're new to knitting, or need a bit of a refresher, these fingerless mitts are a great project to start with. I recommend giving mitts a go over a scarf as a first project; they are (relatively) instant gratification and give you the chance to practice without a huge commitment in terms of materials. 

Bandit mitts

I've included links for each technique mentioned along the way, so get set up with your laptop or device, somewhere nice and comfortable. If you get frustrated, it's good idea to put your work down, walk away and come back to it tomorrow. 

What you need:

1 ball of Bandit DK (or about 50g of 8 ply yarn)

4mm knitting needles

Darning needle


The making:

Cast on 30 stitches

Knit every row until the fabric measures about 17cm long.

Cast off 30 stitches, leaving a long tail of yarn after you cut it. 

Make a second identical rectangle. 

Using a darning needle and the long tail of yarn, sew 10cm of the long sides together. Leave a 5cm gap, then sew together the remaining 2cm. This gap is for your thumb!

Repeat on the second rectangle.

Weave in the ends and wear!


Betty-Ann Kelly

Betty-Ann Kelly said:

Thanks for this Tash! I volunteer for a supported living organisation where some residents knit but generally do not have the focus to tackle anything beyond the simplest of knitting. I am going to search through existing knitted bits and pieces to see if we can transform some pieces into fingerless gloves, Plus have the pattern up my sleeve as a goal for a new project for one of the residents.

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