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:
Then I made a pair in teal blue as a gift:
My daughter, fashionista that she is, immediately demanded a pair. In pumpkin orange:
My mom wanted cranberry red (modeled by Matt):
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:
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:
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:
(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:
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?