Tipsy Fingerless Mitts

Tipsy Fingerless Mitts

Another set of fingerless gloves has come off my needles and I love them.  My favorite part about these gloves is how strange they look just sitting on the table. They resemble trees.  I’m planning on gifting a pair on Christmas just to see the confusion on his face when he wonders what on earth I’ve knitted for him!   But once on the hand, they are quite attractive.

Click on the PDF above or read below for instructions on how to knit your own pair of hand trees, otherwise known at Tipsy- fingerless gloves.  There are 2 versions (stockinette and ribbed) and 3 different sizes.

Here’s the spill:

Skill Level- Beginner/Intermediate
3 sizes- Small, Medium, Large (fits up to 7”, 8”, 9” hand)
Finished Measurements in inches– 3.25 (3.75, 4) inches wide by 8.25 (8.5, 8.75) inches tall.   For ribbed version, add 1 inch to total length.
Yarn- Any worsted weight wool that can knit up into gauge.
Gauge- 5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette on 2 size-5 circular needles
Other Materials- tapestry needle to weave in ends

Directions are included for a shorter stockinette version and a longer ribbed version.

Directions

Using circular needle CO 36 (40, 44) stitches. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Stockinette Version:
Ribbing: Knit in rib (k1, p1) for 10 rounds.
Wrist: Knit 17 rounds.

Ribbed Version:
Wrist: Knit in rib (k2, p2) for 34 rounds.

Thumb Gusset
Stockinette Version:
Right Hand-
Set Up Round: k1, pm, k1, pm, knit to end of round
Increase Round: k1, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L, sm, knit to end of round.
Even Round: Knit all stitches
Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There will be 13 (13, 15) stitches between the stitch markers. K1, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) stitches to waste yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, knit to end of round.

Left Hand-
Set Up Round: knit until 2 sts remain in round, pm, k1, pm, k1.
Increase Round: knit until stitch marker, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L, sm, k1.
Even Round: Knit all stitches
Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There will be 13 (13, 15) stitches between the stitch markers. Knit until marker, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) stitches to waste yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, k1.

Ribbed Version:
Right Hand-
Set Up Round: k1, pm, k1, pm, knit in established rib pattern to end of round
Increase Round: k1, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L, sm, knit in established rib pattern to end of round.
Even Round: Knit all stitches in established pattern (knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts.)
Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There will be 13 (13, 15) stitches between the stitch markers. K1, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) stitches to waste yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, knit in established rib pattern to end of round.

Left Hand-
Set Up Round: knit in established rib pattern until 2 sts remain in round, pm, k1, pm, p1.
Increase Round: knit in established rib pattern until stitch marker, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L, sm, p1.
Even Round: Knit all stitches in established pattern (knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts.)
Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There will be 13 (13, 15) stitches between the stitch markers. Knit in established rib pattern to stitch marker, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) stitches to waste yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, p1.

Palm
Stockinette Version:
Knit 8 (10, 12) rounds.

Ribbed Version:
Knit in rib (K2, P2) for 7 (9, 11) rounds. Purl 1 round.

Note: Directions for both Stockinette and Ribbed Versions are the same from this point. It is helpful to envision the glove as intended for your right hand and the stitches on the palm-side of the hand are for the Front Needle (FN) and the stitches on the back-of-the-hand are for the Back Needle (BN).

Pinkie Finger
Knit all sts on front needle (FN) and k5 (5, 6) from back needle (BN), slip next 26 (30, 32) sts to waste yarn- 13 (15, 16) from BN and 13 (15,16) from FN, CO 3 sts across gap. Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.

Lengthen Hand
Pick up all sts from waste yarn. (26 (30, 32) total sts, 13 (15, 16) sts per needle.)Beginning with BN and new yarn, knit across both needles, pick up and knit 3 sts from the base of pinkie finger (the previous cast on sts over gap.) Knit 1 more round.

Note: There will likely be holes beside the picked up stitches on all fingers. These holes can be closed during finishing by using the yarn tail to sew them closed when weaving in ends. Alternatively, you can close the holes by picking up a stitch from the row below in the hole and knitting it together with a stitch beside the hole.

Ring Finger
On BN with working yarn, k4 (4, 5), move next 18 (22, 22) sts to waste yarn (9 (11, 11) from each needle), CO 3 sts, k7 (7, 8) remaining sts on FN. 14 (14, 16) sts total, 7 (7, 8) per needle. Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.

Middle Finger
From waste yarn, pick up first 4 (5, 5) sts and last 4 (5, 5) sts evenly on needles. Beginning with BN and new yarn, k4 (5, 5), CO 3, k4 (5, 5), pick up and knit 3 sts from Ring Finger (the previous cast on sts over gap.) 14 (16, 16) sts total, 7 (8, 8) per needle.Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.

Index Finger
Pick up the 10 (12, 12) remaining sts from waste yarn evenly on needles. Beginning with BN and new yarn, knit across both needles, pick up and knit 3 sts from the base of middle finger (the previous cast on sts over gap.) 13 (13, 15) sts total, 5 (6, 6) on BN and 8 (9, 9) on FN. Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.

Thumb
Pick up the thumb sts from waste yarn evenly on needles. (13 (13, 15) sts.) With new yarn, knit across both needles, pick up and knit 1 st (the previous cast on st over gap.) Knit 3 (4, 5) rounds. Bind off.

Finishing
Weave in all ends and close any holes between fingers.

Abbreviations
Sm – slip marker from left needle to right needle
Pm – put marker on your right needle
Rm- remove marker from needle
K- knit
P- purl
CO- cast on
FN – front needle
BN – back needle
St(s)- stitch(es)