Phalangees by Jodie Gordon Lucas


September 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches
in Maze Mosaic
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
175 - 300 yards (160 - 274 m)
Medium & Large (Women's and Men's)
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In my opinion gloves are great projects until you get to the fingers. Then they become tedious: casting on stitches, picking up stitches, breaking and reconnecting yarn, dealing with gaps. Puh. No fun. I’d cheat and make fingerless mitts, but then I’d have to deal with the fact that one big opening around the fingers can mean poorly fitting, gapping mitts which let in the cold. Again, puh.

In a fit of focused and determined laziness (if there can be such a thing), I developed the Phalangee technique to create openings for fingers for fingerless mitts. With a set up row, a connecting row and then an unusual bind off, previously gappy fingerless mitts can have finger openings without ever breaking the yarn. And, if gloves are preferred you can omit the bind off and work the stitches established in the connecting round without any fuss at all.

The Phalangee technique can be used with any existing glove or mitt pattern. Alternatively you can use the design I’ve provided which features the Maze Mosaic pattern courtesy of Barbara G. Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.