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Fingerless Mittens

Fingerless mitts are the answer to the needs of anyone with cold hands. When the price of winter heating goes up, the thermostats are dialed back, at home and at work. And there you are, blowing on your fingers to make them work the keyboard, to knit, or even to write down a telephone number.And since they donít take long to make and use up odd yarns, they are a good gift- easy and quick once youíve made your first pair. The gift of warmth is always welcome. With a matching storm hood, they are pretty close to fashionable, too.

The Materials you'll need for this Knitting Project:

  • Yarn and supplies: knitting worsted, bits and pieces from stash; one ball for a pair; or two balls to make a pair of mitts and a hood. I like Cascade 220 for these, if youíre buying for them, or Brown Sheepís Lambís Pride Worsted (which takes a little more, because the yardage is shorter than that of a standard knitting worsted), but anything that knits 16/18 stitches to 4 inches/10 cm. will do just fine. Stripes, patterned cuffs, contrast or complementary colors: the skyís the limit. If you want a mohair cuff, combine one strand of a DK weight yarn with one of mohair to make up the equivalent of a knitting worsted.
  • Needles: size 7, set of 5 doublepoints Size 4 or 5, set of five doublepoints
  • Crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches
  • Tape measure
  • Yarn needle for weaving in.
  • The inspiration behind this mitten pattern

    The first fingerless mittens I knitted were my own (above). Then for a friend who walks his dogs at five in the morning, smoking his pipe and handling the inevitable bags; for a friend with Reynaudís syndrome; for a clerk at the checkout at the local market, who loved mine; for a friend who needs to handle her Labrador, a shotgun, and a Thermos in a cold duck blind. So far, each pair has become an indispensable, and I have a long list of requests.

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