My Ol’ Standby Mitt Pattern

My Grandgirls adore fingerless mitts. They’re trendy and cute – and more importantly, they can whip out their cellphones and send a text, mitts in place without missing a beat. In their world, these are a highly practical part of their winter fashionwear. Jacoby, free pattern for fingerless mittsI enjoy both knitting and wearing fingerless mitts also, so I completely understand when they request a new pair. Although there’s many intricate and beautiful designs available, I prefer Jacoby- a free pattern from Berroco.

free mitt pattern jacoby

My first successful ‘in the round’ project!

I’ve knit a half dozen pair of these mitts and found the pattern to be easy and straight forward. In fact, fingerless mitts from this pattern were the first project I managed on dpn’s.

The pattern is great for all sizes since the ribbing makes it extraordinarily stretchy. free pattern for fingerless mitts Jacoby from Berrocco I did cast on a few less stitches on this pair to provide for a snug fit on a certain skinny ten year old, yet the intended recipient’s Great Grandmother is modeling them quite comfortably here. Doesn’t Great Grandma have beautiful hands?

One of the things I appreciate in this pattern is the ease of modification. I prefer a P2, K1 ribbing, an easy change – and I most always add extra stitches to the thumb and knit it an inch or so longer than the pattern instructs. Once past the thumb, I keep going so there’s a flap to fold back or forward to protect fingertips on extra chilly days.

If you’re looking for the details on my modifications, you can see them on their Ravelry project pages: here and here.

If you have an ol’ standby mitt pattern – do share, Crafty Friends! I’d love to have a look.



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  1. Barbara
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I love your site and looked for a newsletter but didn’t find. Do you have one?

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Barbara! You can subscribe to our site and have posts delivered to your email by hitting the little envelope under the “Let’s Connect” on the upper left. Thanks for the kind words ♥

  2. Deenna
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this pattern! I have been looking for a nice pattern for a while now…..

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      I hope it works as well for you as it has for me, Deena!

  3. Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Love your fingerless mitts as well as suggested mods. My favorite is Cafe au Lait Mitts which can be seen on my Ravelry page here:
    I gave a pair of the ones I knitted from Trekking to my cousin who lives on Long Island last year. She wore them this year during their 2 week power outage when the house got down to 39 degrees! Was glad I gifted them to her!

    • Mom
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Oh Kristen, I’m so glad to hear about these mitts from someone who’s knit them. I’ve admired them for quite awhile, now I can pop them in my queue with confidence! :-) Yours are absolutely beautiful! Bright cheerful colors like those are my favorite and look so great with the crosshatch lace pattern. Isn’t it gratifying when someone lets you know how much they love and use your knitted gift? She was clearly meant to have them! ♥

  4. Connie
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi I’m new to your blog and I wanted to say I love the mittens, my daughter will love them even more. Earlier today she told me that she needed a pattern to make her friend a pair of fingerless mittens for her birthday (her friends always request homemade gifts from her), so this will be perfect. Thanks again.

    • Mom
      Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      Hey Connie! How perfect that you saw this pattern at just the right time! Hope she enjoys knitting it as much as I have. :-)

  5. barbara
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi have just discovered your page and am now subscibed via e mail, facebook and twitter ……..well best not to miss anything :-)

    I love these fingerless mittens but am a bit of a double knit fan, I believe you call it sport weight?. Do you think I would be able to knit them in this weight?

    If not I will bite the bullet and get some 4 ply yarn :-0

    • Mom
      Posted December 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      I think you could, Barbara! Sport weight is so close to fingering and these mitts are super duper stretchy. Go for it! :-) Welcome! Really glad to have you reading along. <3

      • barbara
        Posted December 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        Oh great news thanks so much, I get confused with your yarn weights :-) I have only just learned to knit on four needles after 50 years of knitting lol and I just love this way of knitting!
        Thanks for the welcome :-)

  6. Posted December 15, 2012 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Just got these done yesterday!!! I did them two at a time, which takes longer, but when I was done, I was done!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

      Sorry, couldn’t get the picture to come up. It’s on my Ravelry page, and soon to be on my blog post.

      • Mom
        Posted December 15, 2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

        Those are lovely, Paula! They look squishy and I’m in love with purple lately. Are they a holiday gift?

        • Posted December 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

          Yes. They are for a dear friend who will be leaving for Arizona this coming Friday for their winter there. Hope she can wear them some; but she LOVES purple.
          Thanks again for sharing the pattern.

          • Mom
            Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

            Today would have been a great day to wear them in Phoenix. Brrrr! We’re chilly!

  7. barbara
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    HI I made the mittens in double knit and they turned out quite well. They fit but feel a little chunky so I think the thinner yarn is better :-)
    I took a photo but don,t know if I can add it on here ?

    • Mom
      Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      Double knit! Wow, Barbara. I’d love to try double knitting sometime. There is a link to click on below our comment box that allows you to add a photo. We’d love to see them!

  8. Evelyn Beutler
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    looking forward to knitting you finger
    less mitting for my great grandkids

    • Mom
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Hope you enjoy the pattern Evelyn! They knit up surprisingly fast.

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