Colophon by Hunter Hammersen


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September 2009
Light Fingering ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
125 - 175 yards (114 - 160 m)
When made with a sock yarn, these mitts have a relaxed circumference of 5 inches and stretch to more than 9 inches.
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
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Colophon noun an identifying mark, emblem, or device used by a printer or a publisher

These quick and easy fingerless mitts are a perfect project for using up those leftover bits of yarn that we sock knitters all have hiding in our stashes.

They look great in both solid multi-colored yarns (they even work with striping yarns). The open airy pattern makes the most of limited quantities of yarn. The ribbed design results in a very stretchy mitt that will fit a variety of sizes, making the pattern perfect for gift knitting.

Because they are so stretchy, exact gauge isn’t important. Instead of worrying about gauge, I recommend using a needle 2 sizes larger than you would use if you were making socks from the yarn you’re working with. For example, if I were making socks from the yarn shown, I would use size 0 needles. To make the mitts, I used size 2.

If you really won’t feel comfortable without a gauge, I’d say aim for 28 stitches in 4 inches in stockinette in a fingering weight yarn. But again, these are marvelously forgiving, so don’t worry too much.

The ones shown here used just about exactly 125 yards. 125-175 yards should make wrist length mitts for just about anyone. Of course, if you want to make elbow length gloves, you’ll want more yarn!

These are perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got a bit of extra sock yarn you want to use up
  • You want to knit for someone and don’t know their size

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • Ribbing makes you feel like you’re going to die