April 6, 2015 - I have added a Revised pdf. It allows for the length to be increased to suit and the Thumb Gusset increases are altered in the vain hope of them being tighter and less prone to small holes.
Fingerless mitts, knitted in the round. Ribbed with cable decoration on the back of the wrist. Palm is stocking stitch.
One size: for a small to medium female hand.
Check gauge as it can vary from using DPNs to circular needles.
I made both mitts with less than 30g of yarn - good for using up some leftovers.
The name comes from Birdie Bowers, the youngest member of Captain Scott’s South Pole party in 1912. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall and with his beaky nose (hence his nickname) he did not initially impress. Scott said “Well, we’re landed with him now, and must make the best of it.” However his role grew from storekeeper to being in charge of the landing, stores, navigation and sledging rations. He was tough, dependable and cheerful - endearing himself to all.
He perished on the return journey from the Pole along with Scott and the other 3.
I like to think these are the kind of mitts his mother would have made for him to wear as he worked.