I used to think that fingerless mitts and gloves were, well to be honest, weird. I just didn’t get them. I mean, why make, buy or wear something that only did half a job??
Oh, naïve Me.
I knitted my first pair of fingerless mitts despite these ill-formed beliefs primarily because I didn’t feel quite ready/skilled enough to knit a full pair of gloves and wanted to practice a bit first. Needless to say, once I knitted them, I realized how deluded I had been. Fingerless mitts are fantastic! I just finished making my third pair (my favorite so far) and I can’t get enough.
Not only are they just plain fun as a fashion accessory, but they actually do a complete and wonderful job – it’s just a DIFFERENT job than the one full gloves or mittens do. I’ve mentioned before that I have Raynaud’s Phenomenon. It’s an awful thing and even when I’m indoors at work, my fingers, while not in full-on Raynaud’s dysfunctional immobility mode, are still quite cold. I tried wearing gloves in my office, but typing became a bit problematic. After fumbling with my keyboard and typing words with so many errors that they didn’t even resemble English, I knew gloves and work were not going to co-exist harmoniously.
Enter fingerless mitts.
Now, obviously, they don’t cover all parts of my fingers, so I still have some cold and discomfort, but the additional warmth on the majority of my hand really does make some difference.
Plus, they’re fun to knit. Many knitters have favorite things to knit. Some knitters always have a pair of socks on the needles, others live for hats. At least for right now, these are my becoming my go-to project.
These newest ones are made from the Pine Court Mitts pattern by Shannon Squire. It’s a fantastic pattern and, even better, written by the owner of my very own local yarn store, Twisted, which is an amazing LYS. They’re not too chunky, which I like, and the cabled detailing is enough to make them interesting and fun, without being too busy on the eyes (hence not detracting from or clashing with whatever I might be wearing on any given day). I used a beautiful random yarn that I picked up in a clearance bin. The bit of cashmere in it makes it unbelievably soft and cozy on my hands and the variegated grey colorway is endlessly versatile. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier with these.
But, that doesn’t mean I’m not eager to cast on the next pair!