We had a cold snap in the Northeast a couple weeks back. Cold enough that I had to buy a fleece hoodie because I was stuck out at the mall without any outerwear. All this chilly weather got me thinking about fingerless mitts. They’re such a great little project – they go quickly, usually only take one skein of yarn, and like socks you can go wild with the colors and patterning.
Here’s a sampling of some of my faves.
- Either/Or by Lee Meredith – Great excuse to use small amounts of 2 colors. And like most of Lee’s patterns, they work for any gauge.
- Simpliworsted by Charles Parker – Love the smocking. How cool would they be if you added some beads to the smocking joins?
- Catty Bitch by Bev Warner – You all know how much I dislike two-color knitting. This pattern combines the colors without stranding the knitting. Oh and it has an awesome Latvian Braid too. [view my tutorial on knitting a Latvian Braid]
- Chimera by Julia Mueller – Another opportunity to use two colors without stranding! Instructions includes a full mitten as well.
- Bergen Street Mitts by Erin Ruth – Refined and feminine, I imagine wearing these with a long, tailored 40s-style coat.
- Fingerless Pomatomus by Tobi Beck – I love knitting little shell shapes, so these have been on my radar for quite a while.
- Proposition Entrelac by Julie Browne – Fabulous excuse for some long gradation yarn. They would also work well with self-striping yarns too.
- Marywarmers by Lisa Reeve – The curving ribs really drew my eye, and I bet they’re super comfy to wear too. The ribbing also makes them a forgiving fit for gifts.
- Swirling Gauntlets by Susanna IC – what savannahchik pattern round up would be complete without a Susanna IC design?
What about you? What are you favorite mitts? Or what’s on your radar that you *must* knit this year?
I’ll catch you on the purl side.