More Living Ideas

Our editors share their inspirations every day

hdr_img_spring.jpg Get The Technique

Make It : Knitting 101

Posted by

Today's post comes to us from Liz Adler, assistant editor with an impeccable eye and incredible style to boot:

"As a member of the style department, I work alongside the crafters as they develop their stories.  I am always inspired by their super fun projects, so this winter I decided to learn how to knit. I have always wanted to learn and I figured it was the perfect time of year since all you want to do is be inside where it’s warm—why not make something useful and beautiful while you are at it?

With the help of Steph and Silke, I picked my first project, fingerless mittens! I really wanted a pair but couldn’t find them in the exact shade of gray I had in mind. It felt like a simple project for a beginner but with a big payoff!

Next up, a trip to Purl Soho with my mother (another inspirational knitter) to pick out yarn and a set of needles. Just walking in there, I was inspired to make so many projects. I chose a super-soft cashmere (in the perfect shade of gray, of course). After a Sunday afternoon lesson from Steph, I was well on my way. I was surprised how easy (and fun!) it was. I am so happy with how they turned out, even with their small imperfections!


  1. Cast on 50 stitches.
  2. Knit rows until you reach desired length. (I made mine 7 inches long)
  3. Bind off.
  4. Fold in half lengthwise, and use safety pins to mark where thumbhole should be.
  5. Slipstitch side closed, avoiding thumbhole. Weave in ends.
  6. Repeat process for second mitten.

I hope you get inspired to try something new this winter!

Comments (10)

  • Super cute! What size needles did you use?

  • what size needles did you use?

  • So glad you like them! I used US size 4 needles. I should also mention that I knit them using a double strand so they would be extra cozy!

  • These are really darling... I need to start knitting again!!

  • I've been thinking about trying knitting, this looks like a great beginner project! Thanks

  • My dear Elizabeth,

    I began a KAL (Knit Along) at my local yarn store, Needlecraft Cottage in San Diego; we meet monthly and I provide patterns that range from easy to challenging. Just last week, one of our members suggested fingerless gloves; in June we will be knitting your gloves. (My beaded fingerless gloves will be featured in Creative Knitting Magazine in September 2011.) I LOVE your gloves -- elegant and lovely. What yarn did you use – it looks so luscious.

    May your knitting add another dimension to your life – it certainly has provided me with endless hours of enjoyment, productivity, creativity, but most important of all – wonderful friendships. Welcome to the fold!

    Love, Aunt Eileen

  • Thanks, Liz and Steph, for sharing this pattern. I love the style of these slip on mittens.

  • Love these! I have a few zip up over tops that have the fingerless gloves in them and they are my favorites - I get tons of compliments on them. It would be great to make these so I could wear with anything and in a few color options so I could have a variety!

  • [...] today!), I decided to knit one last cold weather accessory for myself. I saw this refreshingly easy fingerless mitten pattern on the Martha Stewart Crafts Department blog. I’d been desperately trying to finish my [...]

  • Thanks for such a great project! I just completed a pair of my own in a light tan color. I used size 5 needles and it still came out all right but my yarn may have been slightly thicker.

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.