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The Prograde Orbit Mitts: A New Fingerless Mitts Pattern

A pair of cream-colored fingerless mitts with cables up the backs are worn by two small, plump hands, surrounded by white roses, antique books, and a navy blue teacup full of coffee.

The pattern for the Prograde Orbit Mitts is now available! These mitts are graded to four sizes and feature mirrored cable panels on the back of each hand. They have a thumb gusset and twisted 1×1 ribbing at the cuff, fingertips, and thumb. Here you’ll find more information on where to get the pattern, what materials you’ll need to make them, and much more.


Here’s where you’ll find the Prograde Orbit Mitts.


Here’s where you’ll find the Prograde Orbit Mitts.


Here’s where you’ll find the Prograde Orbit Mitts.

About the Prograde Orbit Mitts

The inspiration for these mitts came during a conversation with my friend Arianna Frasca. It was started by an incident where somebody in a Facebook knitting group made fun of fingerless mitts as being pointless and useless. Well, if you’ve been around here a while, you know I love fingerless mitts, so I was extremely unimpressed.

Rather than get into a Facebook scrap, though, I made an Instagram reel about how much I love fingerless mitts. It spurred lots of good conversations with other members of the perpetually cold community. Arianna and I got to chatting about putting more mitt designs into the world… and so this project was born.

Arianna loves the moon, so I drew some inspiration from the moon for this little series of mitts. This is the first pattern in the series. Keep an eye out for more soon!

This pattern makes heavy use of stitches knit through the back loop, which is one of my favorite ways to make texture in a design really pop.

Specs and Details

S, M, L, XL

Finished mitt circumference 6.5, (7, 7.5, 8) inches /16.5 (18, 19, 20.5) cm

Fingering weight yarn, 150 (170, 190, 210) yds / 138 (156, 174, 192) m

Sample shown in Earl Grey Fiber Co. Rooibos Singles, 70% merino wool, 30% silk, single-ply, 438 yds (401 m) per 3.53 oz (100 g)

4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

Three stitch markers
Two pieces of waste yarn for holding thumb stitches
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Techniques: knitting in the round, increases, cables

If You Like These, You’ll Also Like…

For more fingerless mitts, check out my Serenity Mitts. They’re a great project for using up scraps.

If cables are your thing, take a peek at the Gladdening Socks. They come in three sizes and feature an undulating cable-and-eyelet texture.

To really use up some fingering-weight yarn, don’t miss the Berry Scone Shawl, which takes 800 yards (or about two skeins) of fingering-weight yarn.

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