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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects and ...

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simple finger-free mitts

from sarah-marie's knitting patterns
(6) Name: 'Knitting : simple finger-free mitts
simple finger-free mitts
simple finger-free mitts
simple finger-free mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • just knit, purl, and twisted stitch (for most people, knit through the back loop).
  • Uses Jeny's Super-Stretchy Bind-Off, for which there is an online tutorial.

Pattern Description:

These stretchy handwarmers are an excellent use for a single skein or an extra 2oz. of worsted-weight yarn. The construction is simply a cylinder with a small split.

The stitch pattern was designed using a tiny bit of mathematics so the knitter would only need to memorize a 12-stitch sequence, but the pattern repeats every three rounds.


5 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6" circumference (unstretched), 7.25" length.
  • It is easy to modify the length of these mitts and less easy to modify their circumference.


  • 120 yards of worsted-weight yarn
  • US 6 needles (4.0 mm), one long circular, two circulars, or a set of double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • One (locking) stitch marker.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.