Curled-Tip Jogger's Mittens by Elizabeth Zimmermann
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Curled-Tip Jogger's Mittens

January 1989
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
Average adult hand.

Summary A unique thumb-less mitten pattern, with instructions for adding an inner liner and creating an afterthought thumb “if thumblessness ceases to charm.”

Pattern description from Knitting Around: “Wisconsin winters can be bitter , and our jogger’s mutter about cold hands and freezing thumbs. You say, slip your thumb out of its mitten thumb and warm it up with our fingers. They say no; they don’t want to… couldn’t mittens be made without thumbs? Clever joggers. Mittens may indeed be made without thumbs, you say - secretly rejoicing that you’ll not have to bother with them for once. As you work your way up the first thumbless mitten, ideas come crowding: let’s nip in the wrist a bit to foil the icy blasts that want to blow in at the cuff. Why not a bit of ribbing on fewer stitches? Not up the hand you go, and another idea surfaces: remember that old curled-tip mitten you came up with in 1960-something? And, wouldn’t a double-mitten be twice as warm? Remember the Very Warm Hat? Let us incorporate all these ideas into one mitten. And, if and when the jogger becomes a civilian again, an After-thought Thumb is a simple and painless operation.”

Materials: 1 4oz skein 2-ply Sheepswool, Homespun, fisherman or 2-ply Icelandic Wool. An 11.5” circular needle, and/or a set of d.p. needles.

This pattern may be found on pages 152-154 of Knitting Around.

This pattern was first published in Newsletter #15, Spring 1965.