Anneli Mittens – Free Beginner Fair Isle Mitten Knitting Pattern

Easy beginner fair isle along with quick knitting super bulky yarn create the Anneli Mittens , a warm free beginner fair isle mitten knitting pattern that can be knit in a day! Scroll down for the full free knitting pattern or purchase the ad-free PDF here.

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Is Fair Isle Easy to Knit?

Fair Isle or Stranded Colorwork knitting is easier than it looks and can depend on the pattern. Some people are intimidated by colorwork. If this is you, these mittens are a great starting point. This pattern features only 2 colors per round and is written versus charted.

Anyone that can knit can knit these colorful mittens.

Find a printer-friendly PDF version of the Anneli Mittens here in my Etsy shop. The PDF version includes the full ad-free pattern that’s easy to print and stick in your project bag!

Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Anneli Mittens Knitting Pattern.

Best Super Bulky Yarn for Fair Isle Knitting

I find that using wool fiber yarn is best when knitting fair isle and colorwork because the structure makes each color pop. Also, depending on what type of look you are going for, a solid color may be better than variegated yarn

Solid color yarns allow the design to stand out, whereas variegated yarns can sometimes get lost or muddy. If you want to use a variegated yarn I recommend making sure it is very different than the other colors you are using in regards to it’s value. To understand this concept better I have a helpful video linked below. 

VIDEO: Choosing Yarn for Colorwork Knitting

Understanding color value when selecting yarn for colorwork is very important to make sure the end result comes out how you want it to look. 

I’ve included some of my favorite Super Bulky yarns to use for fair isle knitting below.

Budget friendly Super Bulky Yarn for Fair Isle Knitting

There is a wide variety of price points for super bulky yarn and sometimes it can get expensive. These are my favorite budget friendly super bulky yarn for mittens. For my sample, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick as the main white color and Knit Picks Tuff Puff for the colorful contrasting colors.

Splurge worthy Super Bulky Yarn for Fair Isle Knitting

If you want something a little more on the luxury side here are my favorite splurge worthy super bulky yarns.


Anneli Mittens – FREE Beginner Fair Isle Mitten Knitting Pattern


The Anneli Mittens were designed to match the Anneli Hat pattern. They use super bulky yarn and a beginner friendly stranded colorwork design to create a quick and extremely warm knit for your hands. These mittens are knit in the round using the magic loop method. Stitches are increased for the thumb gusset, then thumb stitches are placed on waste yarn while the rest of the mitten is knit. Thumb stitches are then put back on the needles and knitted.

Helpful videos for knitting these mittens

Note: Contrasting Colors

Choose as many contrasting colors as you like to create a design all your own. If you use 1-2 different colors you can simply carry your yarn up along the inside of the mittens without cutting and weaving in ends. I have found that if you are using more than 2 contrasting colors you will want to cut your colors after each round and weave in the ends.

Note: Thumb

There is no colorwork on the thumb. When knitting thumb stitches during contrasting color round, make sure to trap your contrasting color as needed so there isn’t a long string inside the thumb.

Sizes: Adult S/M (Adult M/L).


Super Bulky yarn in the following yardages

  • MC: 26 (29) yds / 23.75 (26.5) m
  • CC: 5 (6) yds / 4.5 (5.5)

Finished Measurements:

Adult S/M: 8″ Circumference

Adult M/L: 9″ Circumference


10 sts & 15 rows = 4”/10 cm Measured over colorwork pattern in the round.


BOR – Beginning of Round

CC – Contrasting Color

CO – Cast on

DPNs – Double Pointed Needles

k – Knit

k2tog – Knit the next two stitches together

m1L – Make 1 left leaning increase

m1R – Make 1 right leaning increase

p – Purl

pm -Place Marker

sl -Slip

ssk = Slip one stitch knit wise slip next stitch purl wise knit stitches together through the back loop.

Rep – Repeat

Rnd(s) – Round(s)

st/s – Stitch/es

Anneli Mitten Knitting Pattern Directions

Using US 13/ 9mm needles, CO 18 (20) stitches with MC, place stitch marker, and join in the round.


Round 1: *K1, p1; Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat round one, 7 (9) more times.


Round 1: With MC, K all sts.

Round 2: *K1 with MC, k1 with CC; Rep from * to end of round.

Round 3 (Thumb Gusset Inc): With MC, k8 (9), pm, m1R, k1, m1L, pm, k to end of round.

Round 4: *K1 with MC, k1 with CC; Rep from * to next marker, sm, using MC only k to next marker, sm, *k1 with MC, k1 with CC; Rep from * to end of round.

Round 5 (Thumb Gusset Inc): With MC, k to marker, sm, m1R, k to next marker, m1L, sm, k to end of round.

Rep rnds 4 and 5 until there are 7 (9) sts between markers.

Rep rnd 4 once more.

Next Round (Place waste yarn for thumb) : With MC k to marker, remove marker, place 7 (9) thumb gusset sts onto waste/scrap yarn. Remove next marker. Cast on 1 st using backwards loop cast on, k to end of rnd. 18 [20] sts on the needles.

Rep rnd 2.

Rep rnds 1 & 2 until hand measures 5.75 (6.5) inches from top of cuff. Break CC.


With MC only.

Round 1: *ssk, k 5 (6), k2tog; Rep from * to end of round. 14 [16] sts.

Round 2: *ssk, k 3 (4), k2tog; Rep from * to end of round. 10 [12] sts.

Round 3: *ssk, k 1 (2), k2tog; Rep from * to end of round. 6 [8] sts.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8”/ 20cm tail. Using your tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tightly to close the top of the mitten.


Place 7 (9) sts from waste yarn onto needles. Pick up and knit 1 st from cast on edge across from picked-up sts. Pm to mark BOR.

With MC, k8 rnds.

Next Rnd: K2tog around.

Cut yarn, leaving an 6”/ 15.25cm tail. Using your tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining thumb stitches and pull tightly to close the top of the thumb.


Weave in all the ends and use them to sew up any thumb holes.

Repeat all steps for second mitten.

Now you have a warm and colorful free beginner fair isle mitten knitting pattern! Check out more of my FREE knitting patterns on the blog HERE.

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