Knitwear Designer//Pattern Drafter//Author//Teacher

zip mits: a pattern, casually.

amanda over at homespun asked if i would be able to make some women’s fingerless gloves for the shop in addition to all the lucy & the bird goodies.  well, of course.  i instantly had two specific styles in mind.  i thought one style in a heavier yarn - simple and functional paired with a style in a finer yarn with special details or stitching would be perfection.  

i came up with these zip mits right out of the gate.  the gusset is worked a little differently than you may typically see but it’s so very simple - the garter is what really makes it work… and the yarn is an aran weight. it’s not so heavy that the mits feel overly bulky and it’s just heavy enough that the ends roll only slightly. hello perfection. 

they’re fast.  they’re comfortable.  they’re versatile.  they’re durable.  now, go make some for yourself.

1 skein KnitPicks Andes del Campo - pictured color way is Dove.

1 set DPN US 8 (or needle size to get gauge)

4.5 stitches, 5.5 rows/inch in stockinette

other notions: yarn needle for finishing & one stitch marker


CO 32 sts distributed as follows: 10 (to be called “needle 1”),11,11

join for knitting in the round and work even in stockinette, knitting every round for 6” (or desired length)

set up for gusset: k4, m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k to end

next round: k4, p1, k2 (slipping marker), p1, k to end


round 1: k to 1 st before marker, m1R, k1, slm, k1, m1L, k to end

round 2: k4, p to 1 st before marker, k1, slm, k1, p to last 4 sts on needle 1, k to end

repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you’ve worked up to 20 sts on needle 1 (ending with round 2)

next round: k4, BO 12, k to end

rejoin for hand as follows: k3, sl1, k1, psso, k to end (29 sts)

work even in stockinette for 2”

BO & weave in ends

(make another one and wear!)

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