basic seed stitch fingerless mitts (short)


4 size 7 dpns

approx. 200 yards worsted weight yarn. this pair took me roughly a 1/3 of a skein of blue red heart super saver solids (don’t judge me. i’m stash busting).

darning needle

3 stitch marker

waste yarn or stitch holders


not set in stone. work for roughly a 20 x 20 = 4 inch gauge, but mitts are fairly forgiving. go up or down a needle size to achieve the desired fabric with a worsted weight wool or acrylic (or blend) yarn.

stitch pattern

seed stitch in the round

rnd 1: *k1, p1*

rnd 2: *p1, k1*


cast on 32 stitches evenly across three needles (10, 11, and 11) and join, being careful not to twist the CO row and place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

work in desired ribbing in the round for 2.5″- i used 1×1 ribbing for the pair in the photo.

work 1 round in seed stitch, inc 1 stitch at the end of the round to bring to an odd number of stitches.

thumb gusset

next rnd: work 16 sts in seed stitch, PM, inc 1, work 1 stitch in patt, inc 1, PM, work to end of round

** next round: work in patt

next round: work in patt

next round: work to markers in patt, inc 1, work 3 in patt, inc 1, work to end of round in patt**

repeat last three rows 5x (to 15 sts between markers), or desired gussest depth and width- i prefer my thumbs tighter than some people and my fingers are short, so i prefer to knit to 13 sts.

next row: work in patt to gusset, remove marker, place next 15 sts (or number of gusset sts worked) onto a stitch holder or waste yarn, then work in patt to end of round.


work in patt to desired length, or until piece measures 5.5″ from CO edge.

next round:

*k1, p1* to end of round, dec 1 st at end of round

work seed stitch to 1.5″ and BO all sts. (or work the same ribbing you used for the cuff).


pick up live stitches from gusset, and divide evenly across three needles. work 3 rows and BO. (again, i prefer a shorter thumb, so the mitts in the pic have 1 row and then a  BO).

weave in ends

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