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Free Pattern – Kellie Fingerless Gloves

May 23

I’ve been remiss in posting lately. Sorry about that!

To atone for my negligence, I offer you a cute little pattern: the Kellie Fingerless Gloves. It’s fun to make, and free! Using sock yarns, the finished gloves measure 8″ around.  If you’re like me, you have sock yarn galore in your stash; this pattern uses a printed yarn (sometimes called jacquard) and a solid. The pattern is shown in two colorways, but there are endless combinations you can come up with.


free pattern, fingerless gloves, Opal, Heritage, sock yarn


free pattern, fingerless gloves, Opal, Regia, sock yarn


Here’s the skinny for the Kellie Fingerless Gloves:


Finished Measurements:
Hand circumference: 8″/20.5cm
Length: 7.5″/19cm

Turquoise and Yellow Version:
MC: Opal 4 Ply Wool (75% superwash new wool, 25% polyamide; 465yds/425m/100g); Color Petticoat #1297; 1 ball. Or use about 140yds/128m of any patterned sock yarn.
CC: Cascade Yarns Heritage (75% merino superwash, 25% nylon; 437yds/400m/100g); Color #5626; 1 ball. Or use approximately 95yds/87m of any solid sock yarn.

Blue & Red Version:
MC: Opal 4 Ply Wool (75% superwash new wool, 25% polyamide; 465yds/425m/100g); Color #750 (3206) Blind Venus; 1 ball. Or use about 140yds/128m of any patterned sock yarn.
CC: Regia 4-Ply (75% superwash new wool, 25% polyamide; 230yds/210m/50g); Color #2137; 1 ball. Or use approximately 95yds/87m of any solid sock yarn.

US#1/2.25mm set of 5 dpns in 6″/15cm or 8″/20.5cm length for working body of gloves
Optional: US#1/2.25mm set of 5 dpns in 4″/10cm length for working fingers

You can download the pattern for free here:


free knitting pattern



Many thanks to John Kieger/ for photography, and Khani Nguyen for modelling.

13 Comments to

“Free Pattern – Kellie Fingerless Gloves”

  1. On November 18th, 2011 at 5:53 pm Joan Says:

    I’m just beginning to learn how to do fingerless gloves. Thank you for the great pattern and for the photos to showcase the finished project. 🙂

  2. On November 19th, 2011 at 3:34 am AudKnits Says:

    You’re welcome, Joan. I hope you have fun making them!

  3. On January 2nd, 2012 at 7:26 am Marie Says:

    HELP!!!! I am making the fingerless gloves and I am stuck at the thumb opening. I need a little clarity. Do we include those 10 stitches in the round, are they to be on a separate needle and not knitted.. trying to figure this out… Any HELP would be greatly appreciated… Thank You!

  4. On January 2nd, 2012 at 9:13 am AudKnits Says:

    Hi. I’m glad you wrote – let’s see if we can get you on the right track.
    First, I’m assuming you’re on the Left Hand glove. You start the round by knitting 30 sts. These sts are now on your right needle. Slip 10 sts from your right needle onto your left needle. Grab a piece of waste yarn (that’s a piece of yarn in a contrasting color, but about the same – sock – weight). Just as if you were starting a new ball of yarn, but with the waste yarn, knit the 10 sts that you just slipped onto your left needle. The waste yarn serves only to hold those 10 sts for future use. The MC (main color) should now be at the tip of your left needle. Drop the waste yarn, pick up the MC, and continue to knit. (A little tip – when I drop the waste yarn, I like to tie the ends in a little knot so it doesn’t slip out of the 10 sts it’s holding. I do this so the waste yarn forms a loose circle so as not to cause the knitting to pucker.)
    You will now continue to knit in the round for an additional 1.75″ from the waste yarn. You’ll see that you’ve formed a slit for the thumb.
    Please be sure to write again if you need any more help. I hope you enjoy the pattern!

  5. On January 2nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm Marie Says:

    So the ten stitches that I am going to reknit, do they stay on a separate needle not to be used until knitting the thumb itself? Kind of like a stitch holder.

  6. On January 2nd, 2012 at 1:48 pm marie Says:

    So then three of my dp needles will continue to have 16 stitches whereas the 4th needle will only have 6 (the 10) on a needle in front of my work… Is this correct? Thank you so for responding so quickly today. I had found another pattern similar to this one on a popular television show, there I also had questions and unfortunately,
    I am still waiting for an answer fom the show and the host whom I had also emailed, and that was back in November with still no response. I will def continue to use your website, in which I am very pleased. Thank you again! Happy New Year and much continued success with your website!

  7. On January 2nd, 2012 at 4:46 pm AudKnits Says:

    Hi Marie. Thank you for the kind words.
    To answer both questions at once… The waste yarn does not act as a stitch holder, really. The waste yarn stitches replace the MC sts just for one round. On the next round they get knit right along with the rest of the round, as if you had been knitting with the MC all along. Later, when you remove the waste yarn, you will have formed a slit in the tube of the glove.
    So, all your needles will have 16 stitches on them.
    Hope this helps, but if it doesn’t we’ll keep on trying.
    Happy New Year to you as well!

  8. On January 2nd, 2012 at 6:34 pm marie Says:

    Yay!!!!! I think I finally got it… Woohoo! We shall see when I create the thumb…. Thanks for your patience and help… First time I work with five needles and make a fingerless glove… Looking forward to finishing now… Thank you again!

  9. On October 17th, 2012 at 3:00 pm Jan Walsh Says:

    super fingerless mitts! very kind of you to share your (considerable) talents; I really like these, and the possibilities are endless. Thank you!!

  10. On October 17th, 2012 at 3:12 pm AudKnits Says:

    Thank you, Jan! I’m glad you like them.

  11. On December 12th, 2012 at 5:39 pm Laurie P Says:

    Thank you for the cute glove pattern! I love fingerless, in the age of iPhones. 🙂

  12. On January 29th, 2014 at 12:45 pm Katrine Smith Says:

    Hi I’m working on these gloves and just got done setting up the thumb, but I’m confused on the math of this.. There are 10 thumb sts on my waste yarn and set aside to knit the thumb later. Well I’m reading ahead and it seems that according to the math for the fingers there are 64 sts for the fingers. How is this possible if there are 10 sts for the thumb to be knit later. Or is there supposed to be another increase round after the thumb setup.

  13. On January 29th, 2014 at 1:31 pm AudKnits Says:

    I’m glad you wrote with your question. One way to look at it is that the thumb stitches have nothing to do with the finger stitches. The thumb opening is just that – an opening unto itself. Later you’ll go back to the thumb opening and pick up some additional stitches around the thumb hole, and knit them and the stitches from your waste yarn to form the thumb. The instructions call for working the mitt up to the thumb hole, forming the hole, then continuing the mitt up to the base of the fingers.

    Meanwhile, the finger math should work as: 7+7 sts = 14 sts for the pinkie, 8+8=16 sts each for the ring and middle fingers, and 9+9=18 sts for the index finger. Stitches are used from both the palm and the back-of-hand sides of the mitt for each finger, and additional sts are cast on when you go to work them. But for the beginning math, you’ll see that 14+16+16+18=64. So the four fingers which are worked at the top of the mitt should work out just fine.

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