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Project Tutorial: Owl Fingerless Gloves Pattern

These cute & studious little cabled owls will keep your hands toasty & the textbook pages turning!    We've included a step by step tutorial along with the pattern for these adorable owl fingerless gloves. Materials:  Owl fingerless gloves while reading owl-reading-mitts-patternowl-reading-mitts-tutorial-1 Stitches & Abbreviations:
  • dpns— double-pointed needles
  • m1— make 1 new stitch by picking up the running thread from the back & knitting it
  • c4b— slip 2 stitches to cable needle & bring to back of your work, knit 2 regular stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
  • c4f— slip 2 stitches to cable needle & bring to front of your work, knit 2 regular stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
  • k2tog— knit 2 stitches together
  • [instructions]— brackets don’t need any special treatment; they are just to help keep instructions organized
Directions: Left glove: Cast on 20 stitches & divide evenly between 4 dpns, being careful not to twist the cast-on. Place marker & join.
  • Rounds 1-12: *k2, p2* repeat around (2 x 2 ribbing)
  • Round 13:  knit around
  • Round 14: *k4, m1* repeat around— 25 stitches in round
  • Round 15: knit around
Now, you’ll rearrange the stitches on your dpns to make the counting easier. From the marker, leave 2 stitches on the first dpn. Place the next 12 stitches on the second dpn. Place the next 9 stitches on the third dpn & leave the last 2 stitches on the fourth dpn. The brackets will help you see what happens on each dpn.
  • Round 16: [k1, m1, k1], [k2, p8, k2], [k9], [k1, m1, k1]— 27 stitches in round
  • Round 17: [k3], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k3]
  • Round 18: [k1, m1, k2], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k2, m1, k1]— 29 stitches in round
  • Round 19: [k4], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k9], [k4]
  • Round 20: [k1, m1, k3], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k3, m1, k1]— 31 stitches in round
  • Rounds 21-24: [k5], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 25: [k5], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 26: [k5], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Rounds 27 & 28: [k5,], [p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 29: [k5], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 30: [k5], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 31: [k5], [p2, k8, p2], [k9], [k5]
  • Round 32: knit around
  • Round 33: [k5], [k12], [k9], but don’t work the last 5 stitches on the fourth dpn
Slip the first 5 stitches  of the round & the last 5 stitches of the round onto a piece of scrap yarn & set aside— these will become your glove’s thumb later (10 stitches total). Cast on 1 extra stitch across the gap to connect the remaining stitches in a round, and rearrange evenly on your dpns (22 stitches total).
  • Rounds 34 & 35: knit around
  • Round 36: purl around
  • Round 37: *k2tog, yo* repeat around
  • Round 38: purl around
  • Round 39: knit around
Loosely bind off the 22 stitches from your dpns. Slip the thumb stitches back onto your dpns & distribute evenly (you may only want to use 3 dpns here). Pick up & knit 1 stitch in the gap where the thumb meets the body of the glove (11 stitches total). Rounds 1-3: knit around Loosely bind off all thumb stitches. Right glove: Cast on 20 stitches & divide evenly between 4 dpns, being careful not to twist the cast-on. Place marker & join.
  • Rounds 1-12: *k2, p2* repeat around (2 x 2 ribbing)
  • Round 13:  knit around
  • Round 14: *k4, m1* repeat around— 25 stitches in round
  • Round 15: knit around
Now, you’ll rearrange the stitches on your dpns to make the counting easier. From the marker, leave 2 stitches on the first dpn. Place the next 9 stitches on the second dpn. Place the next 12 stitches on the third dpn & leave the last 2 stitches on the fourth dpn. The brackets will help you see what happens on each dpn.
  • Round 16: [k1, m1, k1], [k9], [k2, p8, k2], [k1, m1, k1]— 27 stitches in round
  • Round 17: [k3], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k3]
  • Round 18: [k1, m1, k2], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k2, m1, k1]— 29 stitches in round
  • Round 19: [k4], [k9], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k4]
  • Round 20: [k1, m1, k3], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k3, m1, k1]— 31 stitches in round
  • Rounds 21-24: [k5], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k5]
  • Round 25: [k5], [k9], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k5]
  • Round 26: [k5], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k5]
  • Rounds 27 & 28: [k5,], [k9], [p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2], [k5]
  • Round 29: [k5], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k5]
  • Round 30: [k5], [k9], [p2, c4b, c4f, p2], [k4]
  • Round 31: [k5], [k9], [p2, k8, p2], [k5]
  • Round 32: knit around
  • Round 33: [k5], [k9], [k12], but don’t work the last 5 stitches on the fourth dpn
Slip the first 5 stitches  of the round & the last 5 stitches of the round onto a piece of scrap yarn & set aside— these will become your glove’s thumb later (10 stitches total). Cast on 1 extra stitch across the gap to connect the remaining stitches in a round, and rearrange evenly on your dpns (22 stitches total).
  • Rounds 34 & 35: knit around
  • Round 36: purl around
  • Round 37: *k2tog, yo* repeat around
  • Round 38: purl around
  • Round 39: knit around
Loosely bind off the 22 stitches from your dpns. Slip the thumb stitches back onto your dpns & distribute evenly (you may only want to use 3 dpns here). Pick up & knit 1 stitch in the gap where the thumb meets the body of the glove (11 stitches total). Rounds 1-3: knit around Loosely bind off all thumb stitches.   Diving in Deeper: What is with all the brackets? Yeah, I know… knitting patterns aren’t supposed to look like math textbooks, right? But bear with me here for a minute. If you haven’t started a pair of these gloves, this probably looks super threatening & you can’t imagine how such ugliness could ever be helpful. Here’s the dealio, though: when you reach that part of the pattern, you have your 25 stitches split very strategically across 4 double-pointed needles. The brackets help you see what is happening on each of the 4 needles— they’re just a way to visually break up the round into bite-size chunks! “Split very strategically?” Want to elaborate a little there? In my Holly Holiday voice: I thought you’d never ask! While the gunk inside the brackets looks like word soup at first glance, there really is a pattern from round to round. Take a look at the left glove, for example.
  • The first & last brackets correspond to the stitches on your first & last dpns. They start off with only 2 stitches each, but increase every other round until they hold 5 stitches each. Then, they sit tight & get knit until it’s time to turn those stitches into the thumb of your glove.
  • The second bracket is where your owl will take shape. The written-out directions are hard to visualize, but the chart below might help you see what’s really going on under all that purling & cabling.owl_chart_1
 
  • The third bracket is plain-Jane knit stitches, every single round! This chunk of stitches will become the palm of your glove.
  • Then, to make your right glove, it’s the same process, just with the 2nd & 3rd brackets switched!
Why the floopy yarn-overs at the end of the glove? This is a purely stylistic choice that you are, of course, welcome to modify or leave out altogether. From round 37 onward, you’re creating some raised eyelets for the top edge of your gloves. They are there for two reasons: first, to combat the rolling tendency of plain old stockinette stitch, and second, to look classy as hell. Who wants ribbing at the top of fingerless gloves, right? Finishing: Weave in ends & trim. Sew buttons into place as the owls’ eyes— the little square of purled stitches marks where they belong. Now slip them on & never choose between cute & smart again!owl fingerless gloves

Ready to turn your screen off & start knitting?

Download Owl Reading Mitts tutorial for a printable version of this post, or

Download Owl Reading Mitts pattern for a no-nonsense printable pattern.

XOXOXOXO, Meg :)

These pretty little gloves were knitted with Cascade Yarns Chunky Baby Alpaca in Cafe Au Lait.

© 2011 Meghan Bosanko

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Posted by Tu-wit how-to: Owl handwarmers | The Crafty Crusader on

[…] I’m rather pleased with these cute cabled owl cuffs, my first knit of the new year. The pattern is available for free here. […]

Posted by Andrea Ac on

How can I alter the pattern to make this mittens and not fingerless? Any pointers appreciated, thank you!

Posted by Kaitlyn on

any way to make a matching scarf with this pattern?

Posted by Laurisa on

Best written pattern ever! I totally nailed these mittens without cursing or hair pulling! Thank you and my daughter (a huge Harry Potter fan) loves them!!!

Posted by Laura on

Cute pattern! Has anyone made these in worsted weight on smaller needles? I was hoping they might fit my 8 yr old if I tried that…

Posted by Kjirstine Prickett on

I have changed the pattern to reflect your suggestions. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know. Can you just look over the corrected version and let me know if I made all the changes it needed?

Posted by Kelley Hobart on

Thanks for letting us know! We’ll look into this and add Errata as needed.

Posted by sarry b on

Great pattern, halfway through my 2nd mitt! But there are a couple of mistakes on the right hand pattern – On rows 27-28 it’s missing p2 from the end of DPN 3. On row 25 it says k4 instead of k5 for the 4th DPN.
fab pattern, thank you!

Posted by James Hobart on

Thanks!

Posted by The Crafty Crusader on

Great pattern! Here’s my version.
http://craftycrusader.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/tu-wit-how-to-owl-handwarmers/

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