MiniMe Fingerless Mitts

My son is four years old. When I took up knitting he regarded it skeptically. Then he decided that my bamboo circulars could be used to good effect as tools to wire up his home-made “laptop” (some old routers, a mouse and an busted wireless antenna he scavenged from his daddy’s junk pile). A bit later I caught him sitting in a chair quietly twiddling his hands together in his lap with a strange motion (his hands were empty).

I asked him what he was doing. “I knittling” he calmly replied.

Recently I knitted him a small snake hand-puppet. When I attempted to put it on his hand he screamed, flailed and generally objected to the thing. It met with the same response for about a week and then I stuffed it with waste yarn, sewed up the opening and called it a “cat toy” which I gave to my best friend (who has cats).

He really has shown no interest in any of the items I have knitted.  Until now.

Over the weekend I made a pair of fingerless mitts as a Christmas gift. I would try them on and take them off as I went along and this process fascinated him. It is a fabulous and easy pattern for Magic Loop Fingerless Mitts from Myra Wood (that first link is only going to work if you have a Ravelry account*). When I had Grandma try them on for size it was the last straw. He couldn’t stand it anymore.

I asked him if he wanted me to make him a pair and for the very first time his response was Yes. Of course, now I had to come up with the pattern.

Matching pairs of handknitted fingerless mitts

Big hands, little hands

Click here for a printable pdf of the pattern: MiniMeMagicLoopMitts

This pattern is a bit too much to put into the body of this post – so I got all high techy and stuff and made the above pdf. If you have any problem with it, please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will figure something out for us.

Dinking around:

Originally I thought I was just going to make some modifications to the existing pattern. But it really doesn’t work like that. There is a matter of scale, and the fact that a child’s hand is of different proportions. The cross stitch motif in the original was much to bulky for the mini-mitt, so I cut it down to a 2/1 rib from a 3/2 rib. I also started the thumb gusset quicker than on the adult version, and obviously the thumb isn’t as long. Same for the body of the hand.

This pattern fits my small 4 year old. I would guess it would fit the 3 – 6 age range, but I recommend trying it out on your toddler as you go (you might have to resort to a cookie bribe, I did when the novelty wore off). You might need to add a row between the cuff and the beginning of the thumb gusset. And if your child’s fingers are longer you might need to add some rows before the final ribbing.

I seriously doubt that anyone would need to add an extra increase to the thumb gusset – those would have to be some pretty chubby thumbs! But if you need more length in the thumb part of the palm I would add a row between the 2nd and 3 set of increases.

I am going to put this up on Ravelry – so if you make a pair I would love to see what they look like.

Now, what other knitted item do you think I could pique my little man’s interest?



*If you don’t have a Ravelry account and you are a knitter/crocheter, well, I feel very sorry for you. 😉

8 thoughts on “MiniMe Fingerless Mitts

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  2. Was thinking your little one might enjoy finger puppets; just dress up the finger tubes of gloves with skirt; hat; face; pants;
    add long hair, short hair, happy smile or sad face. . . Very easy to find lots for little one; and it also sparks their imagination;

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  4. My son began his love of dinosaurs & dragons at 3 (21 now), so your son may like a knit one. There are scores of free patterns for scarves, hats, sweaters, Christmas Stockings, etc in addition to the usual stuffed ones. (I have lots collected if you can’t find one.) But, you might want to start with finger puppets to use your scrap yarn. Here’s three nice links:
    Animal & People Finger Puppets knit
    Animal Finger Puppets knit
    Dragon + Finger Puppets crocheted

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  6. Barbara, I always ask 1st. 30 of us charity knit at our local YMCA with donated yarn. We knit for the local NEAR food shelf, and the Y who distribute to the school nurses for children coming to the lost and found for something warm to wear. Would you allow us to use your pattern? Mps Minnesota winters can get a bit chilly. Thanks for such a sweet pattern.

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