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Free Optimistic Mitt Pattern

March 7, 2011

OK, This is kind of a moment for me. This is the first time I’ve shared a knitting pattern. This definitely used my math skills ( or lack thereof?) a bit. If you find any errors, please let me know! If you are a member of Ravelry, please follow me as I put more patterns up.

Feel free to knit as many mitts from this pattern as you wish for yourself or gifts, but please don’t sell the finished product. Thanks!

Optimistic Mitt Pattern

Size: one size


2 balls of Merino 5, superwash merino from Crystal Palace Yarns in Charcoal

set of DPN ( double pointed needles) size 5

Darning needle for finishing

scrap for contrasting yarn for making thumb

2 medium sized buttons


6 Stitches per inch on size 5 needles ( 3 3/4 mm) with Stockinette stitch


K -Knit


K2tog – Knit two together

Body of Gloves

Make 2. Both right and left gloves are worked the same.

With size 5 needles, cast on 45 stitches

Divide on three DPNs, join and work in round

Row 1: *K2, P1* 15 times to complete row

Row 2: Knit all stitches

( these two row make the “Broken rib stitch” you will need for bottom and top cuff of mitts.)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 (17 times)

Switch to Stockinette Stitch by knitting every stitch in the next 17 rows

Next row: With Scrap of contrasting yarn, knit 6 stitches, then slip those 6 stitches back ontp the left hand needle, and knit them again with working yarn. Continue in Stockinette for the rest of row. This will create a place for the thumb you will make later. Both right and left gloves are worked the same.

Next 12 rows: Knit all stitches in Stockinette

Top Cuff

Next row: *K2, P1* repeat between * for entire row

Next row: Knit all stitches

Repeat these two rows to make Broken rib stitch, 7 times

Bind off all stitches loosely


Carefully remove waste yarn and place live stitches on two double pointed needles. There will be 6 below and 5 above the opening. Start knitting stitches off needle below the opening, and pick of 3 stitches in gap between needles. Knit the 5 stitches from the needles on top of the opening. Pick up three more stitches in the next gap. Divide resulting stitches between three DPNs, and join to work in the round

Knit 10 rows in Stockinette

Bind off all stitches off Thumb loosely

Decorative Button Strap

Cast on 7 stitches on US size 5 (3 3/4 mm) DPN needles

Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Repeat row 1 , for 29 more rows, to form seed stitch

Row 30: K1, K2tog, P1, K2tog, K1

Row 31: K2tog, P1, K2tog

bind off


Weave in all ends.  Arrange finishing gloves so both thumbs are facing inward ( as if you are wearing them). Sew the straight edge of each decorative strap towards the side of the mitt where the thumb is, and sew the curved edge of the strap onto the outer edge of mitts. Sew on matching buttons of your choice to outer edge of strap. Wear your mittens!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin permalink
    March 7, 2011 3:52 pm

    I really love these! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  2. March 10, 2011 11:17 am

    What a lovely pattern. So simple yet so detailed, ah, very nice!
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. fugu-chan permalink
    October 17, 2011 1:46 pm

    These are beautiful in their simplicity- I want to try them out in a beautiful variegated yarn I have!

    I hate to sound nit-picky, but you asked us to report errors. Under the thumb section, one spot says “Pick of” instead of “Pick up” : ) very minor!

    Thanks for sharing this pattern~

  4. November 23, 2011 12:46 pm

    Thanks a lot for this pattern. I’ve already made to pairs:)

  5. Cindy permalink
    November 28, 2011 3:02 pm

    Finishing up some Christmas gifts and was hunting for a nifty mitts pattern and found YOURS! Can’t wait to make these! Thank you so much for sharing….

  6. November 30, 2011 2:52 pm

    I made 2 pairs of these as gifts and I’m uploading a vlog showing them off as I speak! 🙂 Check out my blog later on for the update!! (I had to find the link and wanted to comment to you before I forgot later!!)

  7. December 5, 2011 6:52 pm

    These are absolutely lovely! I was wondering, could you make a top so that they become convertible gloves? I have a friend who wants some convertible gloves, but I have had no luck in finding some that are really pretty and feminine that are easy to make. These look easy, but they don’t have the top part that it need.

  8. February 20, 2012 7:57 pm

    just what I was looking for~ perfect, thanks for sharing!

  9. Tamara Ciocci permalink
    March 13, 2012 9:11 pm

    Thanks! I am always on the hunt for a fingerless mitten pattern. I am having lots of fun with this one. The button possibilities are endless. It was nice of you to share.


  10. Diana Gartland permalink
    October 4, 2012 10:35 am

    Starting these tonight! So lovely! 🙂

  11. Louise Greenwood permalink
    November 9, 2012 12:08 pm

    Love this pattern, but, for some reason I can’t wrap my head around the instructions that create a place for the thumb that I will make later. I have been knitting for years, gloves, shoes, mitts, sweaters etc & why I’m having trouble understand this instruction baffles me.
    It seems clear enough, but when I follow them I’m not left with opening for the thumb???

  12. Louise Greenwood permalink
    November 9, 2012 12:10 pm

    correction…..I’ve never knitted shoes, typo…..

  13. blakdove permalink
    March 10, 2013 8:16 pm

    I absolutely love these mitts. I rarely knit the same pattern twice, but have made two pairs of these. They just look so good and are such a quick knit! Thank you so much!
    -blakdove on Ravelry

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  17. Merryl Rosenthal permalink
    July 29, 2013 2:28 pm

    Hello! I’m looking forward to knitting up these adorable mitts and just want to clarify something about the math.

    Whenever you indicate “repeat” for either the Broken Rib or Stockinette stitch patterns, I’m assuming you mean to repeat it the number of times indicated PLUS the row just completed. For example, you would complete the two rows that comprise the Broken Rib pattern, and then repeat the stitch pattern 17 times, for a total of 18 times, yes? Or, did you actually mean to complete the stitch pattern just 17 times?

    Thanks in advance for the clarification!

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  19. Beth permalink
    November 7, 2014 12:25 pm

    Hi there. These are adorable and I was wondering if perhaps you sold completed sets of these? I am not a knitter but these are the exact kind of hand warmers/fingerless mitts I’ve been looking for. Thanks! 🙂


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