Hand in Hand Reversible Knit Fingerless Mitts

Mix them or match them, your hands will be toasty warm either way! These knit, reversible fingerless mitts have 2 layers, with a different design on each side. Change the design to match your outfit or your mood, simply by turning them inside out!

Hand in Hand Reversible Knit Fingerless Mitts

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KAL Corner 2020 Knit Along

This design is part of the 2020 Knit Along at KAL Corner Knitting. Join us in knitting a new design every month, using DK weight yarn! You can find all the info on the main post, and join in the fun on the Facebook group. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway too!

KAL Corner 2020 Knit Along

This is my third and last pattern for this KAL. Check out my other two patterns – Lucky Hearts Coaster and Happy Harvest Headband!

Stretchy Fit

My husband asked me for a new pair of fingerless mitts, so I designed these with him in mind. The fit is stretchy and forgiving. He has larger hands than mine, and the mitts fit both of us well. If you have very large or very small hands, you may want to adjust your gauge up or down slightly, but otherwise these should fit a wide range of sizes.

2 Layers of Warmth

He specifically asked for mitts that were very warm and soft, as opposed to the lighter and thinner ones I have made him in the past. Two layers of fabric joined together not only makes these mitts extra smooth and insulating, but it also makes them reversible! The right sides of the fabric are visible, and the wrong sides are hidden between the layers.

Both layers of mitt before seaming

Not Double Knitting

Double knitting is one way to achieve this reversible effect, but these gloves use a different method. Each layer of the glove is knit separately. Knit the first layer from the wrist up, then continue into the 2nd layer, knitting from the fingers down. Finally, tuck the first layer inside and sew the layers together at the cuff and thumb.

The bulk of each layer is one color, with the 2nd color only showing up in the ribbing sections. Using this method rather than double knitting means that, most of the time, you are only managing 1 working yarn instead of two.

Yarn Choices

I made my mitts with a couple of yarns that have been in my stash for years. For color A, I used Universal Infusion Handpaints which I had bought at a local yarn store and which is now discontinued. This is a variegated, 50/50 wool and acrylic blend.

Color B is Fyberspates Vivacious DK in #807 Deep Aqua, left over from a Yarnbox subscription. I had previously used 1 skein of the Vivacious DK in my Straight UP Beanie pattern, and had another left over. It’s a tonal, 100% merino wool yarn.

Any DK weight yarn that will hold its shape would be good for this project. I particularly recommend wool because it’s lightweight, warm, and somewhat water resistant.

yarn cakes for mitts

Hand in Hand Reversible Knit Fingerless Mitts

CYC yarn symbol for Size 3 - Light
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

  • Yarn: DK weight yarn
    • 150 yds variegated (A)
    • 150 yds solid or tonal (B)
  • Needles:
    • Knitting needles for knitting in the round* – Size 6 / 4 mm or size needed to match gauge.
      *Use any appropriate needles for your favorite method of knitting in the round – a set of double pointed needles, 2 circulars of any length, or 1 circular at least 32 inches long for magic loop.
    • Stitch holder or second set of needles in similar size to hold live stitches for grafting.
  • Notions:
    • Yarn Needle
    • 1 stitch marker of any kind
    • 3 locking / removable stitch markers

Project Level

Intermediate: Waste yarn / provisional cast on, 2 color ribbing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, increases and decreases, Kitchener stitch / grafting.

Size

Adult, one size fits most.

Gauge

21 sts x 32 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations used

k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk = slip slip knit
m1l = make 1 left
m1r = make 1 right
yf-A = bring the yarn of color A forward (see Special Stitch)
yf-B = bring the yarn of color B forward (see Special Stitch)
yb = bring all yarn(s) to the back.
pm = place marker
sm = slip marker
st(s) = stitch(es)
rnd = round

Special Stitch

Yarn Forward A or B (yf-A / yf-B): Bring the working yarn of only the specified color forward. If you are working with two yarns, leave the other yarn at the back of the work.

yarn forward B

Instructions

First Layer Cuff

With waste yarn, cast on 36 sts and join to work in the round.

Rnd 1: (K1 with A, yf-B, p1 with B) around. (36 sts)

Place a locking stitch marker or scrap of yarn in the last st of rnd 1 and leave it in place throughout. This is to help with seaming later.

Rnds 2-12: Repeat rnd 1 – do not move stitch marker.

Cut A, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Cuff should fit comfortably around wrist. For the rest of the first layer, you can keep trying it on as you go.

First layer cuff

First Layer Hand

Below thumb:

With B

Rnd 13: (K1, m1l, k16, m1r, k1) twice. (40 sts)

Rnd 14-17: K around.

In this section, you will increase 2 sts every 2nd rnd.

Rnd 18: K18, m1r, k4, m1l, pm, k 18. (42 sts)

Rnd 19: K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rnd 20: K 18, m1r, k to marker, m1l, sm, k18 (44 sts).

Rnds 21-26: Repeat rnds 19-20 3 more times. (50 sts at end of rnd 26).

Rnd 27: K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

In this section you will increase 2 sts every 3rd rnd.

Rnd 28: Repeat rnd 20 (52 sts)

Rnds 29-30: K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rnds 31 – 36: Repeat rnds 28-30 twice more. (56 sts at end of rnd 36).

first layer hand below thumb

Thumb opening

Rnd 37: K 18, transfer next 20 sts to waste yarn, remove marker, cast on 4 sts, k 18. (40 sts)

For the cast on stitches on both thumbs, you can cast on with waste yarn or you can use a low profile cast on like a knitted cast on or backward loop cast on. Anything too chunky will leave a ridge you will feel when you pick up stitches later for the thumb. On the sample, I used the backward loop cast on.

first layer thumb opening

Above thumb

Rnds 38-54: K around. (40 sts)

first layer hand above thumb

Top ribbing

Rnds 55-60: (K1 with A, yf-B, p1 with B, yb) around. (40 sts)

First layer top ribbing

Second Layer Hand

Top ribbing

Rnds 61-66: (Yf-A, p1 with A, yb, k1 with B) around. (40 sts)

Cut B, leaving a tail to weave in later.

2nd layer top ribbing

Above thumb

With A,

Rnds 67-84: K around. (40 sts)

2nd layer hand above thumb

Thumb opening

Rnd 85: K 18, transfer next 4 sts to waste yarn, cast on 20 sts, pm, k 18. (56 sts)

2nd layer thumb opening

Below thumb:

In this section you will decrease 2 sts every 3rd rnd

Rnds 86-87: K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rnd 88: k 18, k2tog, k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k 18. (54 sts)

Rnds 89 – 94: Repeat rnds 86-88 twice more. (50 sts at end of rnd 94).

In this section, you will decrease 2 sts every 2nd rnd until you get to 40 sts.

Rnd 95: K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rnd 96: Repeat rnd 89. (48 sts)

Rnds 97-104: Repeat rnds 95-96 4 more times. (40 sts at end of rnd 104).

Rnds 105-108: K around, removing marker when you come to it.

2nd layer hand below thumb

Second Layer Cuff

Rnd 109: [Yf-A, p1 with A, yb, k2tog with B, (yf-A, p 1 with A, yb, k1 with B) 7 times, yf-A, p2tog with A, yb, k1 with B] twice. (36 sts)

Rnds 110-120: (Yf-A, p1 with A, yb, k1 with B) around. (40 sts)

Cut both yarns, leaving a short tail of one to weave in, and a 30 inch tail of the other for seaming.

Transfer all stitches to waste yarn and place a locking stitch marker in the first stitch of the last round.

2nd layer cuff

First Thumb:

With right side facing, and working on thumb opening of first hand, slip the 20 live stitches from the waste yarn back onto your needle. With B, pick up and knit 6 stitches evenly spaced around top of thumb opening. This will be the bottom of the 4 cast on stitches, plus 1 extra at each corner. (26 sts)

Pick up stitches for thumb

Rnd 1: k 20, k2tog, k2, ssk. (24 sts)

Rnd 2: k 20, k2tog, ssk. (22 sts)

Rnd 3: K 20, k2tog. (21 sts)

Rnd 4: Ssk, k16, k2tog, k1. (19 sts)

Rnds 5-13: K around.

Cut yarn, leaving a 24 inch tail for seaming. Place all stitches onto waste yarn.

First layer thumb

Place a locking stitch marker on the last stitch of the last rnd.

Second Thumb:

With right side facing, and working on thumb opening of second hand, slip the 4 live stitches from the waste yarn onto your needle.

With A, pick up and knit 22 stitches evenly spaced around bottom of thumb opening (i.e. the 20 cast on stitches, plus 1 extra at each corner). (26 sts)

pick up stitches for 2nd thumb

Turn, slip first st purlwise with yarn at front, turn. (This basically shifts the beginning of the round so that the last st picked up becomes the first st of the round.)

Rnd 1: K2tog, k2, ssk, k20. (24 sts)

Rnd 2: K2tog, ssk, k20. (22 sts)

Rnd 3: K2tog, k20. (21 sts)

Rnd 4: K1, ssk, k 16, k2tog. (19 sts)

Rnds 5 – 13: K around.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in.

You can leave the live stitches on the needle or put them on waste yarn while you weave in ends. Whatever is more comfortable for you.

2nd layer thumb

Finishing

Weave in all ends except for the long tails at thumb and cuff for seaming.

Fold mitt so that first layer fits smoothly inside second layer, with wrong sides touching.

Line up the marked stitches on the cuff. Carefully remove the waste yarn and place the live stitches onto needles. If you have a really long circular, you can use one end for each layer like I did in the picture below. Otherwise you may need a second needle. It’s ok if it’s a slightly different size. Make sure both needle tips are at the marked stitches.

seaming cuffs

Using the long tail, graft the two layers together with a Kitchener stitch, and then weave in the end.

Line up the first st on the 2nd thumb with the marked st on the first thumb.

Line up thumbs

Carefully remove waste yarn and place all stitches back onto needles as for the cuff. Make sure needle points come out at the marked st on the first thumb and first st on the 2nd thumb.

Seaming thumb

Using the long tail, graft the two layers together with a Kitchener stitch, and then weave in the end.

Thumb seamed

Repeat instructions for 2nd mitt.

Hand in Hand Reversible Knit Fingerless Mitts

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