simple finger-free (and maybe thumb-ful) mitts by sarah-marie belcastro

simple finger-free (and maybe thumb-ful) mitts

December 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
110 - 125 yards (101 - 114 m)
7" long, and 5.5" relaxed circumference stretches to 10"
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For several years I took an intercollege bus a few times each week, and had to stand at the side of the road waiting for it to arrive. My previous fingerless mitts were short and left a gap between my wrist and my coat sleeve when I knit. Thus, I needed a new pair of mitts. But I wanted them to be simple, yet interesting, and despite the many many many mitts patterns out there, none of them were quite what I wanted. So I experimented, and this is the result. Well, it was the result. I wrote this pattern back in 2010, and years later decided that my thumb knuckle was cold… so I enhanced the pattern.

Now the finger-free mitts can be made with (thumb-ful!) or without thumb gussets. The pattern has written directions and both right- and left-handed charts.

Needles: use double-points or two circs or magic loop.
Stitches: just knit, purl, and twisted stitch (for most people, knit through the back loop).
Uses Jeny’s Super-Stretchy Bind-Off.
It is easy to modify the length of these mitts and less easy to modify their circumference.