Samstag, 16. April 2022


Here's another pattern for fingerless gloves - again knitted flat and in garter stitch. 

These fingerless gloves are knitted flat and in garter stitch. They are shaped with short rows around a point at the outer wrist, the thumb is created one half at a time (with a short knitted CO and a BO). The flower pattern is done in intarsia technique. The project starts with a provisional cast on and finishes with grafting in garter stitch. In the end the side seams are sewn up.

Since this is an intarsia project with three colours that also uses short rows, it can be quite fiddly.  It is NOT a beginner pattern.

As to the name, "Mauerblümchen" is the German word for wall flower - it ties in with my Blümchen Fingerless Gloves that have a flower motive around the thumb.

The knitting pattern in available via

The pattern PDF is 13 pages long and contains 

  • written row-by-row instructions for knitting a mitt in one size (slight adjustments can be made by using a different needle size) – including nine in-process photos  
  • a pattern chart
  • short photo tutorials for the following techniques
    • provisional CO with a crochet hook and how to undo it
    • grafting in garter stitch
    • short rows with wrap and turn and picking up the wraps 
    • intarsia knitting and weaving in yarn while carrying it (backwards and forwards)
    • knitted CO 

Gauge and Size
I knitted two pairs – one with 2.5 mm needles and one with 3 mm needles – see photo below.
With 2.5 mm needles 28 ridges (56 garter stitch rows) gave me 10 cm in height and 25 sts gave 10 cm in width (with an unblocked swatch, since I didn't block the mitts). The finished piece knitted with 2.5 mm needles is about 17 - 18 cm high (at it's highest point) and about 17 cm in diameter (without just below the thumb). 
With 3 mm needles 26 ridges (53 garter stitch rows) gave me 10 cm in height and 23 sts gave 10 cm in width (also with  unblocked swatch). The finished piece measures about 19 - 20 cm in height and about 19 cm in diameter (just below the thumb).
However, the pieces are all in garter stitch, so they are quite stretchy.

To knit a pair of these fingerless gloves you need the following materials:
  • a total of 30 to 35 grams of fingering weight yarn in two colors:
    • about 12 grams per mitt for C1 (background color)
    • about 4 grams per mitt for C2 (flower color)
  • 2.5 mm or 3 mm knitting needles (or another needle that gives you the gauge) – straight or circulars
  • scrap yarn and a crochet hook (about 3mm) for the provisional CO
  • a tapestry needles for grafting, sewing and to weave in ends

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