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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!
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)
- You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)