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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!