no pun intended, but i have to hand it to my friend debby and her daughter hannah for suggesting this pattern project. hannah’s boys will not keep their mittens on when playing outside and her oldest was constantly stealing her own fingerless mitts as a substitute.
so she asked debby to knit up some child-sized fingerless mitts and debby said she could, if i would figure out the sizing and pattern instructions. we got to work, using a variety of leftover DK weight yarns from previous projects and once the kids saw them, they ALL wanted a pair.
then i showed them on the blog last week and you all wanted a pattern. so here it is—i think there’s still plenty of time to knit a pair (or three) for stocking stuffers. these little ditties work up incredibly fast and make for excellent TV knitting (ask me how i know). the pattern is simple, has multiple sizes, and even includes a few charts for adding textured panels (or you can add your own).
shown here, one in each of five sizes in a variety of yarn leftovers. from left to right we used knitting notions classic merino sport and a basketweave panel, briar rose fourth of july and a mosaic rib from the tesserae socks, classic elite waterspun (now discontinued) with a triangle rib panel, filatura di crosa zara in a cloverleaf lace rib, and a mystery yarn (we can’t figure out what that one is).
and those are just a few ideas—there’s plenty of latitude with this project, so go crazy! or stick to a plain version for the speediest of speedy last-minute gifts.
anything you have on hand that is cozy, cute, and knits to the right gauge should work. seriously, the hardest part of this project will be narrowing down your yarn choices.
if you prefer a lighter fabric and tighter fit, use a sport weight yarn and slightly smaller needles; knit the instructions for one size bigger to get the right size mitt at a tighter gauge.
thanks to all who rallied to test knit this pattern in each size—we’ve got a thumbs up from kids and knitting moms alike for the fit and ease of the instructions. my friend debbie knit two pair for her grandsons and is on the way to knitting three or five more pairs for the rest of the gang. our friend claudine not only test knit in two sizes for her adorable girls
but took the time to send photos of the mitts in use on their very happy little hands as well. thank you claudine!
and my dear friend barb is helping her daughter move this week, but did not (or cannot) go a day without knitting and made up a couple of pairs to help get this pattern out in a jif. then there was catherine, who knit two pair in beautiful pink from cascade 220—SO cute!
what would we do without them?