Fingerless mittens seem to be the thing this year. I was able to finish this pair in time for Christmas, once I got started they were easy and I only had to make one alteration when I was done. I made this pattern up – since I could not find a good one for a boy. The only thing that was a problem was the thumb gusset. Looking at several patterns I made the pattern consistent with them, but when it was done the thumb gusset was too big, so I had to sew it up some. Stella really liked these and so did I – so two more pairs I think will be made shortly!
Unisex Fingerless Mittens
1 skein worsted weight yarn
Size 7 straight needles
Stitch markers (2)
Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
I suppose these could be made on double pointed needles, but since I DO NOT like knitting on them – I chose to do on straight needles and sew up the seam.
1. Cast on 32 stitches
3. Work in stockinette stitch for 1.5″ (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), ending with a purl row
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, Kfb, knit to one stitch before marker, kfb, slip marker, knit to end of row.
Row 4: Purl
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 44 stitches
Repeat row 3: you will now have 46 stitches
Next row: Knit to marker, remove marker, K2, Kfb, slip the stitch just made back onto left needle, K2tog, k1, remove marker, knit to end of row (32 stitches)
Next row: purl
Next row: knit
Work in K2, P2 pattern for 1.5″ (or until mitten is as long you like)
Sew up the seam and weave in ends.
If need be, use some of the yarn to sew up the thumb gusset and make it smaller.
And here they are!