Practical, stylish and perfect for fall or spring, fingerless mitts can be found from the hills of the countryside all the way to the bustling city streets.
You can buy them anywhere, but the ones you knit will develop character with the many stitches, quite possibly leaving you with a desire to create a matching hat or scarf. Or a sweater… once you enjoy knitting, it is difficult to stop.
In simple sustainable style one could spin their own natural fiber by hand. In the case of these fingerless mitts featured here the wool comes from the Blue Faced Leicester in a natural oatmeal blend.
You can spin entirely with the use of your fingers or go ahead and treadle – you will need less than 50 grams of fiber for a pair of fingerless mitts.
And knitting is only as hard and confusing as we make it, so this pair is going to be really easy to create. As in cooking what is more important than the recipe is how well you know how to cook – how well you understand the ingredients and the spices, how much you resonate with the raw ingredients that you lovingly prepare yourself.
Once you have your yarn, the raw ingredient, grab those needles and knit yourself a pair of fingerless mitts.
First knit a small swatch to determine your (handspun) stitches per inch. In the meantime measure around the base of your fingers and use this as a guideline for creating your own individual pattern.
With an even number of stitches these simple fingerless mitts start with 24 stitches.
For the first three rows – K1, P1 to create a ribbed edge.
Row 4 – Knit 24 stitches.
Row 5 – Purl 24 stitches.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until the knitting reaches from the base of your fingers to your wristline.
Now switch tactics and think like a sock, think like knitting a sock, the heel of course. Your wrist is slimmer than your hand, so tighten up the stitches, not by decreasing or changing to smaller needles, but by slipping every other one.
On the front side K1, slip 1, and repeat this all the way to the end of each row.
On the back (wrong) side purl every stitch, including the slipped ones.
Repeat these last two rows until you are satisfied with the wrist length of your fingerless mitts.
K1, P1 for the last three rows and bind off all the stitches.
To complete the project simply sew up the fingerless mitt on the inside of each wrist above and below your thumb.
Then take them for a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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