Free owl fingerless mittens pattern

You’ll have a hoot knitting these cosy women’s mittens by Amanda Jones! Cast them on today with our fantastic free pattern.

Owl fingerless mittens pattern

Everyone needs a pair of snuggly fingerless mittens in their cold-weather wardrobe, and we just love this design by Amanda Jones! Featuring a cable owl with button eyes on each hand, these mitts are sure to be a hit with teens and adults alike – and they’d make a great gift too.

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They can be worked in just 130m of aran-weight yarn, so get searching in your stash for the perfect ball. We think they’d be lovely made in a 100% wool or wool-blend for extra warmth.

If you’ve tried cable knitting before you’ll have no trouble tackling this pattern – and if you’re a cable beginner, don’t be put off by all the abbreviations! Practise the stitches on a swatch until you get the hang of them and you’ll soon be flying along.

This pattern originally appeared in Simply Knitting issue 94 and the version below has been updated to include corrections to the published pattern.

Owl fingerless mittens closeup
Stretchy ribbing helps these mitts to fit comfortably around the wrists.

You will need

Approx 130m of aran weight yarn
A pair of 4½mm knitting needles
A pair of 5mm knitting needles
A stitch marker
4 buttons

Abbreviations

T4Bpk twist 4 back (moss st): Slip 2 sts onto cable needle (cn) and hold at the back of the work, K2 sts, then P1, K1 from cn
T4Fpk twist 4 front (moss st): Slip 2 sts onto cn and hold at the front of the work, P1, K1, then K2 from cn
T3F twist 3 front: Slip 2 sts onto cn and hold at the front of the work, P1, then K 2 sts from cn
T3B twist 3 back: Slip next st onto cn and hold at the back of the work, K2, then P st from cn
C3B cable 3 back: Slip next st onto cn and hold at the back of the work, K2 sts then K st from cn

Mittens

LEFT HAND MITTEN

Cast on 38 sts using 41⁄2mm needles.
Row 1 (K1, P1) to end of row. Work 14 rows of K1, P1 rib.
Change to 5mm needles.
Row 1 (RS) K22, place stitch marker (SM), P10, K6.
Row 2 P6, K10, P22.
Row 3 K to SM, P10, K6.
Row 4 P6, K1, P8, K1, P22.
Row 5 K to SM, P1, T4Bpk, T4Fpk, P1, K6.
Row 6 P6, K1, P2, (K1,P1) twice, P2, K1, P22.
Row 7 K to SM, C3B, (P1, K1)twice, T3F, K6.
Rows 8, 10 & 12 P8, (P1, K1) 3 times, P24.
Rows 9 & 11 K to SM, K2 (K1, P1) 3 times, K8.
Row 13 K11, cast off 6 sts, K to SM, T3F, (P1, K1) twice, T3B, K6.
Row 14 P6, K1, P2, (K1, P1) twice, P2, K1, P5, turn, cast on 6, turn, P11.
Row 15 K to SM, P1, C4B, C4F, P1, K6.
Rows 16, 18 & 20 P6, K1, P8, K1, P22.
Rows 17 & 19 K to SM, P1, K8, P1, K6.
Row 21 K to SM, P1, C4B, C4F, P1, K6.
Row 22 P6, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, P22.
Row 23 K to SM, P1, k2tog, P4, k2tog tbl, P1, K6. [36 sts]
Row 24 P6, K8, P22.
Next row (RS) Change to 41⁄2mm needles and work 2 rows K1, P1 rib.
Cast off in rib.

RIGHT HAND MITTEN

Cast on 38 sts using 41⁄2mm needles.
Row 1 (K1, P1) to end of row. Work 14 rows of K1, P1 rib.
Change to 5mm needles.
Row 1 (RS) K6, place stitch marker (SM), P10, K22.
Row 2 P22, K10, P6.
Row 3 K to SM, P10, K22.
Row 4 P22, K1, P8, K1, P6.
Row 5 K to SM, P1, T4Bpk, T4Fpk, P1, K22.
Row 6 P22, K1, P2, (K1,P1) twice, P2, K1, P6.
Row 7 K to SM, C3B, (P1, K1)twice, T3F, K22.
Rows 8, 10 & 12 P24, (P1, K1) 3 times, P8.
Rows 9 & 11 K to SM, K2 (K1, P1) 3 times, K24.
Row 13 K to SM, T3F, (P1,K1) twice, T3B, K5, cast off 6, K to end.
Row 14 P11, turn, cast on 6, P5, K1, P2, (K1,P1) twice, P2, K1, P6.
Row 15 K to SM, P1, C4B, C4F, P1, K22.
Rows 16, 18 & 20 P22, K1, P8, K1, P6.
Rows 17 & 19 K to SM, P1, K8, P1, K22.
Row 21 K to SM, P1, C4B, C4F, P1, K22.
Row 22 P22, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, P6.
Row 23 K to SM, P1, k2tog, P4, k2tog tbl, P1, K22. [36 sts]
Row 24 P22, K8, P6.
Next row (RS) Change to 41⁄2mm needles and work 2 rows K1, P1 rib.
Cast off in rib.

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TO MAKE UP

Sew up the side seam using mattress stitch. Sew in any loose ends. Attach eyes to owl face as shown in picture.