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Holiday Gift Time – Fingerless Mitts, Gloves & Mittens

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 in Pattern Links

Last week we talked about different Cowls you might make as holiday gifts. This week, I want to share some ideas for fingerless mitts, mittens and gloves. The fingerless versions are great for people who like their fingers free for texting, computing, and working, but need a bit of extra warmth. I wear them in my office when it gets particularly cold. (Unfortunately my office stays colder in the winter and hotter in the summer than the rest of Loopy Central, so I have to deal with it instead of adjusting the heater/air conditioner.) I also wear them if I’m reading a book in bed and we’ve turned down the heat for the night, but I’m not ready to go to sleep yet. Of course some people want their fingers surrounded in warmth, so I’ve included some glove patterns as well. (And because I know you’ll ask for mitten patterns, too, I added those as well. Whew. Long list!)

Here are some pattern/yarn suggestions for the friends/teachers/relatives on your list who might love a pair.

Note – I know not everyone is on Ravelry. I have listed the Rav patterns with (R).

Worsted Weight patterns (quick to knit) Mitts:
Fetching (these are the first mitts I ever made)
(R) Mom’s Cabled Mitts (pictured. I made several of these last fall.)
(R) Matching Mitts for the Meret
Irish Hiking Scarf Wristwarmers
Belle Ruffle Gloves (totally smitten with these. Must make.)
Bittersweet Vines (bonus – mitts plus cowl pattern)

Worsted Weight Mittens:
Cornrow Mittens (bonus – hat pattern, too. These look fun to knit.)
(R) Meta Mittens (of course I’d have to make the feet red for Loopy)
(R) Mittens for the Fisherman (love the classy design)
Wood Hollow Mittens (because you know how I love cables)
(R) Ladybug Mittens (for kids)

Worsted Weight Gloves:
Men’s & Women’s Cable Gloves (classy for either one)
(R) Treads, Tipless Gloves (ok, a cross between mitts and gloves, but darned cute!)

Try these in: Amy Butler AranBlue Sky Worsted Hand DyesCascade Eco AlpacaLorna’s Laces Shepherd WorstedFiesta BoomerangLang Yak or Spud and Chloe Sweater.

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Mitts:
(R) Bird and Vine Mitts (These went on my list as soon as I saw them)
(R) Fishtail Wristwarmers
Fingerless Lace Mitts (pictured. Love the design.)
Veyla (pretty and elegant)
(R) Della Mitts (I like the stitches incorporated into this one)
(R) Red Velvet Cupcakes Mitts (because I love the name)

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Mittens:
Signe Mittens (or ANY mittens from Johanne’s Born to Knit line!)
Cuckoo Mittens (love the thumb, great in The Loopy Ewe Solid Series)
Midge Mittens (try these in Berroco Sox, Opal, Trekking, or Austermann)

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Gloves:
Women’s Long Gloves (I thought these looked elegant)
(R) Entangled Stitches (or any of Julia’s amazing gloves!)
Farinelli (someone needs to make these in black)

Try these in: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Alchemy Yarns of Transformation, Dream in Color Smooshy, Fiber Optic, Fiberphile MCN, Madelinetosh Sock, Spud and Chloe Fine, Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, or String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn DK.

You know, I could go on and on with pattern links, but I’ve already overwhelmed myself with patterns that I now want to knit. (Seriously, after looking at all of these, I am SO in the mood to do some mitts.) I hope it gets you thinking about some fun things to work on this fall.

No blog on Friday. I’ve had Web Guy home for a few days, and Knitting Daughter arrives home tomorrow. Happy Mom Week for me! I’m taking advantage of the Awesome Loopy Elves (who keep things running here when I’m gone) and will be in and out a bit the rest of the week. (Maybe starting a new pair of mitts….)

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