Fingerless Fun… or Frostbite on your Digits

Southern California Mittens

While fingerless mitts will not keep the frostbite away if you live in the frozen north, they work well in Southern California where cold is defined as anything below 70 degrees (or 75 at my house).  A bit of warmth on my hands is appreciated as I drive the 3 miles or so to work (I am blessed).  Also, my hands get both cold and warm when hiking or walking in the evening so fingerless mitts work well for me.  If you have a college student around (I have three), these could also help keep hands a warm during late night study sessions, but still allow for typing notes or papers.

Abuelita’s September newsletter, featured several fingerless mitt patterns and I thought you might enjoy the photos and ideas as well.  Knit up a few to give as gifts for this holiday season.

Fetching Mitts - Love the Cables.

Fetching Mitts – Love the Cables.

Fetching (Knit) – by Cheryl Niamath

Published in Summer 2006 Knitty, Fetching (free pattern) has over 20,000 projects on Ravelry.  The mitts take 100 – 200 yards of aran weight yarn.  Other knitters have used worsted and even DK.  The cables at the wrist keep the knit close and warm.  Be sure to read the helpful posts as there are several modifications you may wish to try.

Suggested yarns:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Baah Shasta, Ewe Ewe, lots of options

Fishtail Mitts

Fishtail Mitts

Fishtail Wristwarmers (Knit) – by Alexandra Brinck

Not only are these Fishtail Mitts (free pattern on Ravelry) very pretty and cozy, they’re also fun to knit and only use a single ball of fingering weight yarn!

The front features a gorgeous fishtail lace pattern, and the palm is knitted in a twisted, broken rib. The best thing is that although they look rather stylish and elegant, they are surprisingly simple and quick to knit.

Suggested yarns: Baah La Jolla, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, Knit Wit Cashy Wool, any fingering weight yarn.

Make-One-In-An-Evening-with-a-Great-Movie-Mitts

Make-One-In-An-Evening-with-a-Great-Movie-Mitts

Make-Us-in-One Evening (Crochet) – by Blowfish Design

The full name of these mitts is “Make-us-in-One-evening-With-a-great-movie-Mitts” and the designer says, “Such an easy pattern, you can do it in only one evening. Open a nice bottle of wine and get started with one of your favorite movies.”

In case you don’t crochet, Abuelita’s is having a workshop (with me as instructor) on September 14th where you can learn the to crochet and make these the same evening.  The pair of mitts take only 100 to 150 yards of worsted weight yarn.

Suggested yarns:  Cascade 220 Superwash, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Baah Shasta, Ewe Ewe, lots of options.

Hint:  Please check gauge before making these.

Simply Warm

Simply Warm – Free printed pattern at Abuelita’s when you purchase yarn.

Simply Warm (knit) by Ulli Shibuya

Ulli knit these out of Blue Sky Royal Alpaca and the yarn is amazingly soft.  She didn’t have a pattern just knit a 3 x 2 rib in the round, added a thumb hole, knit a bit more and bound off.  While this approach works for experienced knitters, I knew some beginning knitters might need a bit of guidance so I helped her write the pattern.  It’s free on Ravelry.

Suggested yarns: Blue Sky Royal Alpaca, Baah La Jolla, Knitted Wit Cashy Wool, Cascade Heritage Sock, other fingering yarn.

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