Whenever I make a pronouncement here, it seems to be quickly followed by a u-turn. (Most recently: no casting on anything else for myself until the closet is sorted out! / hell-OH! tag team sweaters) But it is not always thus. For instance, at the first of the year I pronounced that one of the things I wanted to do this year was knit more for others. My photographer niece gave me one opportunity when she requested some fingerless gloves for her crack-of-dawn photo shoots. I’ve spent a bunch of time over the past month or so fretting about color and trying to do something interesting, original … blog-worthy. But then I realized that was me indulging myself and fretting on my own behalf. All she wanted was warm hands!
There’s a hashtag going around Instagram, #mostwornhandknit, and Ashley Yousling asked for mine. My immediate reaction was “psht, that’s a no-brainer: my Super Simple Mitts.” Which really made me wonder why would I make Casey anything else. I have multiple balls of Berroco Blackstone Tweed in my stash, and couldn’t be happier with the way the yarn has aged over the past two+ years. Those mitts are just as soft and light and warm as you could hope for. So that’s what I’ve shipped off to Casey — in a nice peacock blue — and she’s very excited that they’re on their way.
There’s probably a lesson in there somewhere.
I have a pair of mitts just like those, and I´ve been wearing them for over a year. They are all worn out and I need new ones, but I´ve been spending a bunch of time complicating things for myself (do I want colorwork, do I want a convertible mitten instead, or maybe gloves?), But you are right, all I want is warm hands! I´ll make myself another pair of these!
January is my month for selfish knitting, and then the rest of the year it’s mostly Christmas gift knitting. I have a pair of fingerless mitts in black that I wear all the time, they are great.
I keep meaning to make myself some black ones. One of these days …
I bet that Vermont alpaca would make a nice pair! So soft!
great to have something simple for mass production around the holidays – recently saw a crocheted “wrist worm”… I think it was on etsy… all stacked up in wonderful color assortment, ribbons and packaged for resale. these could be very similar if someone were inclined to crank ’em out and take a fall morning to set up shop at the local farmers market – a great way to be a part of your local community vibe! thanks, Karen!
DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES KAREN!! How do I overcome this fear? All these projects that I want to do have DPN written and I immediately sigh and say oh no for me. What am I gonna do? I need DPN immersion!!
I don’t love them either, but they DO make really small circulars for sleeves and such! Great blues Karen!
Is there something in particular that scares you, or just the whole idea of them? It’s really not that scary, and there’s a little tutorial on this particular pattern about how to do it. You should just jump in — once you get the hang of it, you might find you like it! (I love it.) And if not, no harm done. It’s just yarn!
“It’s just yarn!”. Awesome Karen…sometimes when we knit the bigger picture seems to fade away!!
I have a pattern like that I used several years ago for a number of gifts–Maine morning mitts by Clara Parkes. I am always looking for something fancy when those are the ones I love to wear. The ribbing makes them so cozy.
Perfect, simple mitts in a gorgeous shade of blue. Just what the doctor ordered. There’s something about a photographer in fingerless mitts that I find incredibly cool. Lucky niece!
I kept trying to picture doing that kind of work in them and think maybe they need to be even sparer and sleeker? But she can let me know. I agree with you about the image of it!
Love them! I’m a big fan of tweed, but I’m also a big fan of warm thumbs so I second Kathy @ 6:43 am’s vote for Maine Morning Mitts. I have two pairs that live in the car and another in a coat pocket.
gidgetwashere, how about Magic Loop instead of DPNs? DPNs are my favorites but I do love me some Magic Loop.
Just took a look at the Clara Parkes pattern and those definitely look like some good trusty basics. The thing I like about the thumb slit on these is I can pull my thumb inside the tube (and I also fold in my fingers) when they aren’t needed. I walk in them all the time (and wear them wandering around flea markets, etc), and pretty much keep all my digits tucked inside and then pop them out when I need them.
That’s what I love about the Toast wrist warmers from A Friend to Knit With. It’s just a very long tube. You can wear them normally, pull your whole hand in if your hands get cold, or push them right up to your wrists if your hands get hot. They are the most versatile things around. They were the second thing I knit when I was learning, two years ago, and I wear them constantly in the fall and spring (winter in Canada needs full-on mitts).
Yeah, that’s the other thing — being able to pull them up as wristwarmers rather than taking them off, if needed.
Sometimes we knitters like to over-think, don’t we? It just shows how much you love your niece!
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This is an amazing color! I realized that it’s 10% Angora, though. Do you happen to know if Berroco ethically sources their Angora?
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so you not print the pattern?? I need to know what size needles and I will do it with 2 & sew them. Please print something. I do not understand Pintrest. Why put on if the instructions are not printed.
Hi, Lois. The full pattern is right here: http://fringeassociation.com/2012/01/23/super-simple-mitts-free-knitting-pattern/
How do I get the pattern for these fingerless mitts using two needles
While it’s written with advice for how to use DPNs for those who are new to it, you can use any method of small circumference knitting you like. The actual pattern is no different — you still cast on the same number of stitches and then work them as described.
bonjour,la couleur des mitaines est belle,qu’est-ce que c’est?.
Berroco Blackstone Tweed mais je regrette que j’ai oublié la couleur.
Est-ce que la laine est de couleur bleu paon?.
Je regrette — je ne me souviens pas le nom exact de la couleur.
The color of bleu paon is beautiful,what is the name of the yarn?.