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