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Loom-knitted fingerless mitts

Posted November 1st, 2008 by

I kept plugging away (which, wasn’t too hard, given the fact that I pulled a muscle in my neck and wasn’t doing much else around the house anyway) and finally cranked-out a pair of fingerless mitts that I am happy with.  This was my fourth attempt at making these things on a knitting loom.

My first attempt was really just a warm-up.  In the second attempt I tried to get fancy and use multiple types of stitches, but nothing could really save the fact that the yarn was just too thin.  It looked terrible.  The third attempt was more acceptable, but I put the thumb hole in an awkward place.

Attempt #3 complete, #4 WIP

In the event that you might like to try these for yourself, here is the basic information about these.  I won’t attempt to teach you how to loom knit.  For that, I can point you to the book I used, and a nice resource for instructional video clips.

Also, I don’t really “speak” knitting, so if these instructions are not exactly in the proper lingo, maybe someone who knows better can correct me :-D

[edited 12/31/08 – I have rewritten the following instructions to be worked from bottom to top (arm hole to knuckle hole) as opposed to the fingers-first way I originally did it. The reason for this is that I seem to have more control over the tightness of the bind-off row than I do over the tightness of the cast-on row.  I don’t like it too loose at the knuckles, and so that’s where I want the relatively tight bind-off row to be.]

Inspirations: A Friend to Knit With and Simple | Green | Frugal Co-Op

Loom: Blue (24-peg) Knifty Knitter

Yarn: One strand each, knitted together as a single strand, of Patons Classic Wool in Aran and Forest.


Cast-on using e-wrap method.

Use the Knit Stitch (Stockinette) for all rows.

Knit 30 rows

To create a thumbhole, knit 1 row, stopping at last peg.  Rather than continuing on to knit the first peg, reverse direction, knit the last peg again, and continue around until you reach the first peg.  Reverse direction, knitting the first peg again, and continuing to the last peg.  Repeat this process until you have 6 total rows knitted in this manner (if your thumbs are small, you may be able to get away with 4, particularly since the hole with stretch with use).

Knit 12 rows

Bind off using basic bind-off method, and weave in long ends with a tapestry needle.

[edited 12/31/08: Since writing the original instructions, I’ve made several more pairs, and have come to realize that I like them a lot better using a single strand of worsted weight yarn.  I find that a single-strand produces a much lighter-weight mitten, that hugs my wrists better, and more gently.  It comes down to personal preference. If your results are feeling too big or too stiff for you, try again with a single strand.  Just be aware, that the loom stretches your work out!  You don’t know how the mitt will truly fit until you remove it completely from the loom.  What may appear to be working up too big may actually fit just fine off the loom.]

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  • Kashoan says:

    Those look warm! BTW nice shoes…..where are they from? Kashoan

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  • Angela says:

    Those are great, Lisa! Btw, stockinette stitch like you’ve done will *always* curl. It just does. If you want to try something different to combat the curl, you can do a few rows of garter stitch at each end. Maybe just 4 or 5 rows. Knitting in the round on a loom like you’re doing, you’d do one row of knit, one row purl, next row knit, next purl, etc. Or you could do a knit 1 purl 2 type of “cuff”..?? Just some suggestions. I’ve only knitted with needles and not with a loom, so I’m not sure exactly how you’re operating LOL

    Anyway, those look great! I should make me some… hmmm.

    • Lisa says:

      That is useful information! I thought it had something to do with the roundness of the loom. I could have driven myself crazy trying to avoid that problem! I actually decided to use a long loom (as opposed to a round one) for the pair that Aidan wants. I did that in the hopes of avoiding the curl. I see that won’t work, but coincidentally, I already decided do his whole glove in a garter stitch, so I’m covered anyway!

      Thanks for the tips!

  • becky says:

    those look yummy…..and very tempting. great, another project!!

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  • Heather says:

    Hmmm, you had me up to the thumbhole. LOL

    I just finally began working on my looms last week. I bought them about three years ago and never used them…bad habit of mine it would seem. Anyway, I wasn’t aware you could do different stitches, so I will look in to that.

    Do you have suggestions for good places to buy inexpensive but good yarn? A couple of years ago I bought some gorgeous yarn to make myself a scarf, but it was $40! Fine for me, not so fine for a four year old that destroys things. Still I’d like to steer away from synthetics, KWIM?

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  • leslie says:

    on a loom! totally cool.
    i think we have one of those around here. i should dig it up!

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  • Laura Chin says:

    Thanks for the great instructions, my hands and wrists are toasty warm now!

  • Laura says:

    This is such a great pattern. My wrists are so skinny though! Very easy to make. I will probably try to work off of the basic pattern with different stitches and lengths. Thanks so much!

  • Christine says:

    Hi Lisa, thanks so much for posting this pattern. I am not sure (since looking at what year this was posted) if you will see this. I hope so. I am totally new to looming/knitting, etc. I just got my round looms for Christmas and have only made scarfs and hats….and sad to say, only in a basic ewrap stitch. While wanting so badly to make some fingerless gloves to go with my beanie and scarf…I gave it my best shot to try the new knit stitch and this pattern. I got the knit stitch down now…but the ONE finished glove/mitt…doesn’t look so well. I messed up big time. I have 2 thumb holes, haha and they are small. I tried to look up the basic bind off and thought it was like when you ewrap. I am assuming not since it was so difficult/tight to bind off that I finally just pulled the last 4 off their pegs. I am not good at knitting/looming lingo either AT ALL…but gave it my best shot to understand. I am so disappointed in myself cause I don’t have money to go buy more yarn or books…I just google everything.

    Maybe with these years past, have you updated your pattern at all? Or maybe can you help me on where I did wrong, if I tried to explain? Thanks so much, I love your gloves and designs.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Christine. It’s been so long since I wrote that pattern, I would probably write it up differently now that I have more experience.

      It’s hard to say what went wrong with the thumbs, but my guess is that on one of the rows where you were supposed to back up and go the other direction, you forgot and did the whole circle. Just a guess.

      Your bind-off may be too tight because you are knitting too tightly. When you lay the yarn across the pegs, try to do so more loosely. Another option is that your yarn might be too thick. When I first started, I used some yarn that was so thick, it was really stiff and nearly impossible to work.

      If you want more practice but can’t afford more yarn, maybe you should try unraveling one of the gloves that didn’t work, and re-use that yarn. Another option? Buy a wool sweater at a thrift shop and unravel that :-)

      I made a loom knitting video a few months ago. It’s for a neckwarmer, but maybe you can pick up some tips and tricks from it: http://www.lisaclarke.net/2011/11/02/luxurious-loom-knit-neckwarmer/

      Hope some of this is helpful!

    • Rachel says:

      hello! i love the hand warmers anyone can adjust the size by dropping a peg!

  • Kristie says:

    I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy your blog. I also cranked out 1 1/2 of these hand warmers tonight. The first one turned out great for my first time. My daughter and husband were amazed. Thanks for sharing!

  • CB says:

    Thank you very much! Your instructions inspired my own instructions, which you can view soon on my website (click on mah name!). You don’t need to use them, of course (that isn’t what I’m suggesting). I DID, in fact, give you credit for inspiration! Thanks again! Great tutorial! :)

  • Salimah Ema says:

    hi lisa, its a nice to have that..but i kinda confuse or maybe doesn’t how it goes for the thumb instruction that given. I would appreciate if you could put a video on it. I can easy understand better by watching then to read..Thank you

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