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Fingerless Mitts

Spin-Off, Summer 2011
Knitting
July 2011
handspun Bond/Corriedale blend
12 stitches and 20 rows = 2 inches in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
This pattern is available in print for $7.99.

Being my first project with handspun, I wanted to knit something that would show off the yarn and that would make use of close to every glorious yard. I knitted a swatch to determine that I liked the yarn at about 6 stitches/inch. According to The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, I didn’t have enough yarn to knit an entire pair of mittens, but I figured I probably had enough for fingerless mitts. I then went to the mitten pattern in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and followed the general instructions for an 81/2” mitten at 6 stitches/inch. I adjusted the cast-on number to a multiple of 4 so I could work a 4-stitch raised rib around the cuff (and along the back of the hand). Because the thumb gusset extends from the side “seam,” the gloves are equally comfortable on either hand, but the ribbed pattern on the back of the hand requires that a left and right glove be knitted.