Gnomittens (aka Smoker's Mittens)
Gnomittens were created, as many knitted items are, out of a necessity to warm the hands of a friend. The original design was to expose the least amount of skin needed for smoking cigarettes* - only the top two knuckles of the index and middle fingers and the very tip of the thumb are showing - but it turns out that this same design is all you need for signing autographs (or credit card receipts), fishing
change from your pockets, wrangling the cap off your lip balm, buttoning jackets, and unwrapping candy bars.
* Bad. No!