My Grandgirls adore fingerless mitts. They’re trendy and cute – and more importantly, they can whip out their cellphones and send a text, mitts in place without missing a beat. In their world, these are a highly practical part of their winter fashionwear.
I enjoy both knitting and wearing fingerless mitts also, so I completely understand when they request a new pair. Although there’s many intricate and beautiful designs available, I prefer Jacoby– a free pattern from Berroco.
I’ve knit a half dozen pair of these mitts and found the pattern to be easy and straight forward. In fact, fingerless mitts from this pattern were the first project I managed on dpn’s.
The pattern is great for all sizes since the ribbing makes it extraordinarily stretchy. I did cast on a few less stitches on this pair to provide for a snug fit on a certain skinny ten year old, yet the intended recipient’s Great Grandmother is modeling them quite comfortably here. Doesn’t Great Grandma have beautiful hands?
One of the things I appreciate in this pattern is the ease of modification. I prefer a P2, K1 ribbing, an easy change – and I most always add extra stitches to the thumb and knit it an inch or so longer than the pattern instructs. Once past the thumb, I keep going so there’s a flap to fold back or forward to protect fingertips on extra chilly days.
If you have an ol’ standby mitt pattern – do share, Crafty Friends! I’d love to have a look.