Everyone Loves Fingerless Mitts

There’s been a craze ‘round these parts.  Young and old alike, male and female, everyone’s gotta have a pair of fingerless mitts.
It started with the Pageturner Mitts, which was barely a pattern, but gave me a jumping off point. I had a lone and lovely skein of Noro Silk Garden, aching to be knit. I enjoy wearing my fingerless mitts in my chilly basement office:
Photo of Noro fingerless mitts
Then I made a pair in teal blue as a gift:
Photo of handknit teal fingerless mitts
My daughter, fashionista that she is, immediately demanded a pair.  In pumpkin orange:
Photo of orange fingerless mitts
My mom wanted cranberry red (modeled by Matt):
Photo of red fingerless mitts
At the same time I was making my mom’s pair, I was also designing the Fabulous Fingerless Mitts as a free pattern for Happy Fuzzy Yarn (I also did the photography). They use one skein of DK Silk yarn.  Special consideration was taken to not only use the entire skein — no more, no less — but also to knit them at a tighter gauge because silk does not have the bounce back that wool does:
Photo of handknit silk fingerless mitts
Matt needed a pair of fingerless mitts too.  He loves warm accessories and has a desk in the basement office too, which he was using daily last fall and winter.  Somehow I don’t have finished picture of these, but I used a beautiful sea blue-green-grey color of Shepherd’s wool left over from making myself a sweater.  I should get a picture of them now because it’s great — he has worn them a lot and it shows. The only thing better than knitting for loved ones is having them use and use and use your handknit gifts.
My neighbor Amy wanted a neutral-colored pair of fingerless mitts.  For these I bust out a deep stash ball of Rowan DK Tweed in grey that I bought at a tiny wool shop in York, England.  I love the nubby texture of these:
Photo of grey handknit fingerless mitts
Meanwhile, Ellie gave her orange mitts (which were really too big) to her brother, and asked me to make her another pair, one blue and one lime green. I think they represent sky and earth:
Photo of handknit fingerless mitts
(No, I didn’t ask her to pose like this.  Yes, she is a ham.)
All the random single skeins in my stash suddenly have definite purpose.  But still I bought this beauty — DK Silk in Granite — and have plans to make myself another pair of Fabulous Fingerless Mitts:
Happy Fuzzy Yarn DK Silk in "Granite"
Fingerless mitts are great for in-between weather, when it’s not hot or cold and a chill can creep up on you suddenly. They’re also a little punk, a little grunge, a little counter-culture.  Fun for kids, practical for adults. Quick to knit and a great way to use single skeins and leftovers.  What’s not to love?

  20 comments for “Everyone Loves Fingerless Mitts

  1. August 31, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    your mitts are all lovely and very colourful! I love fingerless mitts and live in them year round (though in summer only when I’m grocery shopping or my basement office gets too cold)

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Penny! Let’s see your mitts!

  2. August 31, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    These are great! Love them. Maybe I’ll have to make a pair sometime…

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you! I highly encourage the making of more mitts. They are the best mindless knitting. The. Best.

  3. Chris Hutchings
    August 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    You’re right, we really do love them!

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Chris!

  4. August 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I love everything you make! I would love a purple and charcoal pair but I really don’t knit. Maybe we could trade for something.
    Great work!!

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Everyone starts somewhere… And I am an infamous enabler. You have been warned.

  5. Mom
    August 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I love my pair. although looking at Eli’s kind of firees a yearning for a mis-matched pair too!

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      I know! She’s so clever. A few weeks after I finished these, she told me I needed to make her another mismatched pair in the same colors so that she could sometimes have matching ones. That girl!

  6. Dennay
    August 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I absolutely love fingerless mitts, especially for work in the wintertime 🙂 One of my favorite things is to see other people wear things that I knit for them, it warms my heart.

    • August 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      I keep trying to be a selfish knitter, but yeah, the heartwarming thing gets me every time.

  7. Allison Phelps
    August 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Love reading your posts! Great job!

    • August 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Aww, shucks! Thanks, Allison! You have WAY out-knit me in the fingerless mitt department.

  8. Ts
    September 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Loving the set you helped me make and they were very helpful keeping my fingers moving in my freezing studio. Think I need to do some for some for both the kids, since they each now have desks in the studio as well.

    • September 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      You’re welcome! I think it’s fabulous how kids and adults are equally into this accessory.

  9. September 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Yay, new site! Yay, fingerless mitts! You make me want to knit some garter stitch ones for myself now…

    • September 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      They’re so easy, why resist?

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