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Fraser’s Ridge Fingerless Mittens Pattern


This Fraser’s Ridge fingerless mittens pattern will knit up quickly and the finished mitts will definitely keep your hands warm.

I wanted to share with you an easy flat knit mittens knitting pattern, that you can make in around 2 hours and is an excellent project for anyone learning how to knit.

Scroll down to view the free pattern, or grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.



The mittens knit up quickly, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Size Information

Length of the mittens = 11.5 inches

Width (laying flat) = 6.5 inches

*To make the mittens in a larger size – cast on more stitches, for example – for a large size cast on 48sts.

Gauge – 16 sts in 26 rows in 10 x 10cm/4 x 4 inches / in broken rib stitch.

Outlander Claire fingerless mittens knit in grey yarn
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Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat

Pattern Instructions

Mittens pattern – make 2 pieces the same.

Both pieces are knit flat.

With the 5mm (US 8) knitting needles, co 32 sts

  1. Row 1: K2, P2 to end of the row.
  2. Row 2: K2, P2 to the end of the row.

Cont to knit in 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) for 1 inch

Work in pattern as follows;

  1. Row 1: Knit to the end of the row.
  2. Row 2: K1, P1 to end of row.

Rep the two rows above until the piece measures 11 inches from the CO edge (finish on a K1, P1 row).

Continue the mitten as follows;

  1. Row 1: Knit to the end of the row.
  2. Row 2: K2, P2 – rep to the end of the row.
  3. Row 3: K2, P2 – rep to the end of the row.

Cont to work rows 2 and 3 – rib K2, P2 for 1 inch.

Cast off in rib.

Making Up

Stitch the side seam from the wrist end of the mitts for 7.5 inches.

You can use the mattress stitch to seam – The Mattress Stitch – How To Seam Knitting.

Leave a gap of 2 inches for the thumb hole.

Then, stitch for a further 2 inches to close the top of the mittens.

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Fingerless Mittens Seen In Outlander

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create an interesting design, knit flat on straight needles, then seamed to make the mitts, leaving a space for your thumb.

This design is inspired by the arm warmers Claire wears in Outlander season 4, episode 5 with her Carolina shawl.

These mittens can also be worn as arm warmers.

The Broken Rib Stitch

The fingerless mitts design has more texture as they are knitted using the broken rib stitch.

You can wear them either as wrist warmers or as mitts, seen styled in the photographs, making them very versatile for the cold weather.

Seen worn below with Claire’s Carolina Shawl which is also a free pattern on my blog, you can find that here – Outlander Carolina Shawl Pattern.

Related Post: Knitting For Beginners -The Complete Guide Step-By-Step


More Outlander Knitting Patterns

Claire Fraser’s costumes have motivated many knitters to make shawls, infinity scarves, and more throughout the five seasons that have aired so far.

I wanted to make an Outlander collection of knits inspired by both Claire and her daughter Brianna, from Sontag shawls, mittens, and scarves.

There are also the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks you can view in my shop below:

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Fingerless Mittens Knit With Two Needles

The Outlander fingerless mitts are perfect for the colder weather, as they have been knit with Aran/Worsted/10 Ply in Alize Lanagold Classic – grey.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create an interesting design, knit flat on straight needles, then seamed to make the mitts, leaving a space for your thumb.

This pair of mittens will be super cozy to wear while commuting, typing, or, like Claire – for finding herbs in the garden!


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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

Outlander fingerless mittens pattern
Outlander fingerless mittens pattern

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  1. These are amazing maybe i should try these first. I seem to keep getting ladders in the round I’ve watched every possible video and read all blog posts about ladders I could find and I always end up with more stitches because of the piece of yarn at the end of the row. Am i supposed to knit this? I need to watch your videos on these . Love all the patterns. You really out did yourself their amazing!

    1. Hello Vicky, Thank you for your kind words, I am so happy you like the Outlander patterns! You could try knitting these mittens first, as they are knit flat on two needles (not in the round on circulars) and then seamed, so you would not see any ladders or gaps at the side seams of the gloves. Getting ladders or gaps in the round can occur because you are not knitting tight enough when using the magic loop technique at the sides. This has happened to me a few times and I always end up pulling the work out and starting again. Then I make sure I keep the tension tighter when knitting the first stitch on the new needle.

      Here are some ways to avoid getting ladders:

      1. Pull taut on the second stitch on the new needle.
      2. For magic loop, don’t pull too tightly on the stitches before moving to a new needle.
      3. Keep the last stitch on the old needle and the first stitch on the new needle close together.
      4. Use a different yarn.

      I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Well, Shoot. I made the first one and realized i skipped the K1 all the way…… now to decide, do i rip it out or keep it?

    1. Hello Kathleen,
      That’s ok – if you like the way they look you could keep them and always make another pair later?
      It’s up to you!
      This kind of thing happens a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi, I am a new knitter so I was excited to find a pattern I can actually knit. I started knitting one. It seems big on my hand so far. I have large hands for a woman so am concerned that it will be too big for a normal hand. It does measure 6.5 inches as the pattern says. The pictures looks like it is tighter on the hand.

    1. Hello Susan,
      When the mitten is folded and seamed it should be a comfortable fit on your hand – but not too tight.
      If you want the mitten to be tighter, you can cast on fewer stitches, knit a few rows, try it out and see if that is better for you.
      I hope that helps!

  4. I love this pattern! And I LOVE Outlander!
    I’m from the Netherlands by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Bur I’m a little confused about the way you describe the ribbing pattern.
    You write:
    Row 1: K2, P2 to end of the row.
    Row 2: K2, P2 to the end of the row.
    But in my opinion Row 2 has to be P2, K2 to the end of the row. Because this pattern is knitted flat I did it this way or am I reading it wrong?! (I knit 1, then P2, K2 to the last stitch and then K1)

    1. Hello Petra,
      I’m so happy you like the patterns!
      You could knit it the way you are saying, but when seamed the ribbing on my mitts looks fine.
      It works out the way it has been written in the pattern.
      I hope that helps!

  5. This pattern is going very well so far-I’m very excited to see how it turns out!
    I just have one clarifying question: at the end, when you say to cast off in rib, do you mean cast off in 2×2 rib, since that’s what we’ve been working in, or in 1×1 rib?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hello Isabelle,
      Yes, you will cast off in the same rib pattern you have just been working, so K2, P2 – 2 x 2 ribbing.
      This will complete your mittens and they will be almost ready to wear!
      I hope that helps,

  6. Hello – I would like to make these and have West Yorkshire Spinners chunky roving, 1 x 100g, will this be ok please?

    1. Hello Leena,
      Is that the Retreat chunky roving – if yes then no it will be too bulky for this pattern.
      You need to use an Aran/Worsted/10 ply yarn weight for this pattern.
      Also if you check the yarn label on your yarn – you can see the knitting needle recommendation and if it can be used with 5mm (US 8) needles it will be okay for this pattern.
      I hope that helps!

  7. Hi Louise. I’m just about to start knitting this but thought I’d ask for advice on making a tighter mitten. I’m rather petite and have rather small hands and wrists. My wrist is just 5.7 inches in circumference. I saw a post earlier where you advised casting on fewer stitches to make a smaller mitten. However, taking account the ribbing pattern at the top and bottom of the mitten, I’m wondering if you could provide more precise measurements. Many thanks

    1. Hello Eeching,
      You can try casting on 24 or 28 sts for a smaller size.
      The cast on number is worked out in multiples of 2.
      I hope that helps!