Free Pattern: Study Gloves

I love a good pair of fingerless mitts. Most of the work I do throughout the day, typeing, knitting, dyeing, spinning, requires my fingers be free. And yet, if it’s a tad on the chilly side, I find having my palms covered helps keep off the cold.

When I first learned how to knit I was living in this horrible little house that would not hold in the heat at all. I would become especially cold while sitting at my desk, studying for hours upon end, to the point where I would light a candle not for fragrance, but for warming my fingers over it. Out of necessity, I made up this pattern that fall and have remade it a million times in all different shapes and sizes for many different hands. However, this is the original pattern I improvised back in 2009. The best part is that it’s pretty quick, and can be knit in an evening or two, meaning there is still some time to knock out a pair before Christmas if you need to, or something great to make for yourself in January.

Study Gloves (Makes women’s M/L)

Materials, 1 skein Pteranodon worsted weight yarn or 100g worsted weight yarn (about 200 yards)
Tools, size 6 DPNs, stitch holder, two stitch markers, darning needle
Gauge, six stitches per inch

Pattern
CO 40 stitches, divide evenly between needles
Cuff:
K1, P1 around until cuff measures 2 or 3 inches in length (I usually prefer mine on the long side)

Next Round:
Knit, increase two stitches for total 42 stitches

Thumb Gusset:
Knit across 20 stitches, pm, M1L*, k1, M1R, pm, knit to end of round

Increase in this manner ever three rows 4 more times for a total number of 13 stitches between markers

On next round, place gusset stitches on holder, CO two onto right needle to cover gap, knit to end

Knit until piece measures 4 inches from cuff

Next Round:
K1, P1 for one inch

BO loosely, in pattern

Thumb:
Place held stitches on to needle, pick up and knit three stitches along cast on edge, 15 stitches total
Knit for one inch
K1, P1 for ½ inch
BO loosely, in pattern

Knit Two for a pair of mitts that will keep you warm while you work!

*For a really good tutorial on increases, including M1L and M1R see knittinghelp.com

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