Knitting pattern: cute Bowlmore Mitts on straight needles

mitts_pattern_1.jpgAbove: Make these fab Bowlmore Mitts, a doddle on straight needles.

Looking for a simple, stylish way of keeping your hands warm this winter? Try my Bowlmore Mitts. I originally wrote this fingerless glove pattern as a Mother's Day gift for my mom, who's a beginning knitter. It's quick to knit and - unlike most mitt patterns - only uses straight needles.

mitts_pattern_2.jpgRight: a closeup of my Bowlmore Mitts.

For those of you who hope to learn how to knit in the New Year, it's a simple next step on from that first scarf (perhaps my Home Fires pattern?) Just choose a complimentary color and away you go!

Size: fits a medium-sized woman's hand.


Yarn: DK or light worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 6 stitches to the inch (I used size 4 US/3.5 mm needles, but everyone's different - use needles that give YOU the recommended gauge).

Yarn notes: The stripy version used a skein and a bit of Adriafil Knit Col, a self-patterning yarn I love - the wine-colored version used the same amount of Lion Brand's super-soft Superwash Merino Cashmere, in Sangria.

To make a slightly bigger version, I suggest Paton's Angora Bamboo, knit on the same sized needles. Experiment!


To begin, cast on 36 stitches. Knit every row (garter stitch) until you have knit approximately 2 inches/4 cm - this will be the cuff of your mitt. If you'd like a longer cuff, keep going! (I'd say that 3 ½ inches, or 8.5 cm, is the maximum you can do without increasing the original stitch count - if you'd like a longer cuff, start with 38 stitches and decrease 2 after an inch/2cm.)

The next row is the first row of the 'good side' of your mitt - you will knit all the way across.

Increase 4 stitches evenly across the row (every 8 stitches or so). This will give you 40 stitches.

mitts_pattern_3.jpgAbove: this is very adaptable pattern - try it in all kinds of yarn! Here's the Bowlmores knit in Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere.

The next row is the first row of the 'wrong side' of your mitt - knit 2, place a marker, then purl until the last 2 stitches. Place a marker and knit 2.

The next row is your first row for increasing the thumb stitches. Knit 2, make 1, slip the marker, and knit across to the next marker. Slip the marker, make 1, and knit 2.

On the wrong side of all the increase rows, knit to the marker, purl to the next marker, and knit the stitches past the second marker.

Right: My pal Miss M fights pesky drafts off with her snazzy new Bowlmores.

Repeat the increase row 6 more times, increasing 2 stitches per row.

When you have 8 stitches in both increase areas, knit 2 additional rows continuing the stitch pattern.

Now, loosely cast off the first 8 stitches - in other words, all of the first set of thumb stitches. Work in pattern to the end of the row.

At the beginning of the next row, loosely cast off the first 8 stitches - the second set of thumb stitches.

All you will have remaining on your needles is the center, non-thumb stitches - 40 in total.

Knit 2 rows in stockinette/stocking stitch - knitting on the 'right' side, purling on the 'wrong' side.

Then, knit in garter stitch until you have about 1 inch above where you cast off for the thumb section.

Loosely cast off all stitches.

stitching_mitt.jpg Above: a look at the stitching process.

Fold the pieces in half so that the right sides are together, matching up the thumb pieces. Using a whipstitch, sew up the seams above the thumb pieces.

Sew up the bottom seam, up to but not including the top of the thumb area. Weave in your ends, and turn the gloves right side out.

mitt_done.jpgAbove: What your mitt will look like when it's done. You can see a mitt in progress behind it on the table.

Block, and wear!

pattern_glove_diagram-thumb_rev.gifAbove: Here's a diagram for how large your mitts should be for a good end result. When in doubt, knit one mitt and block it to see how the pattern fits YOU. This pattern is super easy to tweak!

Variation: It's a pain to buy two skeins of yarn for a project that only uses a skein and a bit (I had some left over from making a sweater vest and my Home Fires scarf). If you can't be bothered, I suggest using a contrasting yarn for the cuff and upper hand area - basically anything that's in garter stitch that's not the thumb.

Or experiment with using a few different yarns, in stripes - this project is perfect for destashing (using up materials you already have, to the layperson.)

Happy knitting! And happy bowling!

[Images and pattern © Ellen Lindner. Pattern not for commercial use]

Knitting pattern: cute Bowlmore Mitts on straight needles - Comments

  • pezgrande

    I made these with size ten needles, ( i didnt have the smaller needles) I cast on only 20 stitches, and followed the pattern, adjusting if needed, they came out great.

  • Ellen Lindner

    Thanks, crafters! They're super easy, and if you make them in a stripy yarn like the KnitCol there's the added benefit that it hides any mistakes! Let me know how you get on...

  • MariNaomi

    Super cute gloves!

  • Margaret Ryan

    Love these! And they look easy enough for even a klutz like me to make!

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