Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts -- Need Help

Hello there,
I am currently working on a Fair Isle dpn fingerless mitts project and need help with the thumb opening instructions. This is what the pattern says after I have worked the established patterns in the round with 5 dpns:

Thumb opening: Turn and work 10 rows back and forth for thumb opening, ending with a RS row.
Rejoin work in the round; work even in established patterns until mitt measures 7 inches…

I understand about turning and working in rows, but I don’t understand how I rejoin the work in the round if I have 10 more rows on one dpn than the other three. Am I totally misunderstanding this?
Most thumb openings I’ve done ask you to use a stitch holder for a certain amount of stitches and then cast on more stitches to join with the round. I’m so confused. Please help!

I just found this on Amazon with the full instructions in the book I’m using.

It’s the Fairburn Fingerless Mitts.

Haha…silly me, I’ve been trying to figure this out for three days and I think I just answered my own question.
I am knitting back and forth for 10 rows…so that would mean it would make an opening because I’m not joi ning the rows at the ends. Wow. I guess it just took actually writing out my question to answer it!

Oh! Lucky you found it since they have random pages. :slight_smile:

Its amazing how often just figuring out how to ask the question gives you the answer.

Many times when I didn’t understand what the pattern was trying to tell me, I just followed it step by step and the end result explained itself.

This is what they call an Afterthought Thumb. You’ll also heard it called a Peasant Thumb. You knit the mitten or glove to a certain point, then knit back and forth with waste yarn to hold your place for the thumb. I do mine this way. It’s actually easier because you’re not increasing or placing markers for a thumb gusset. They’re knit like a tube that’s closed on one end. The only downside to this is that it will give you a definite left and right hand glove. It’s fine for adults and older kids, but may be a problem for kids who can’t tell left from right hand. The advantage of mittens/ gloves with thumb gussetts or gores is that they can be worn on either hand. The proper measurement for this for an average adult is 2 1/2 inches from the top of the rib cuff to where you want to place the thumb opening. The thumb height will also be 2 1/2 inches. I spent a lot of time knitting mittens for charity and these are the right lengths for average size.


This is my favorite sizing chart for mittens/gloves. They never tell you this in these charts. But the distance from the top of the cuff (where you’ve stopped knitting the rib and have begun the stockinette stitch) is the same measurement as the thumb length in these charts. For example, the size 8 kids has a 1 3/4 inches thumb and the distance from the top of cuff to the thumb opening will also be 1 3/4 inches. I spent a lot of time using my adult kids and the neighbor kids as test subjects.