Colophon by Hunter Hammersen
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September 2009
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in 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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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!