Fingerless mitts season is upon us. Finally!
My dad calls me Bob Cratchit when he sees my fingerless gloves. He does not understand why a person would have gloves with no fingers. He thinks that fingers need a covering the most. I think he’s wishing for Mittless Fingers. (Which exist, by the way. Knock yourself out, Dad!)
For anybody who is wondering what the fuss is about, and also Dad, I’m here to help.
The Case for Fingerless Mitts
Functional. If you spend any time on a computer, or a lot of time on a computer—and your computer is located next to an uninsulated window—fingerless mitts make a lot of sense. I wear them all winter long.
They are also good when you’re on the go—getting the emeralds out of the safe deposit box, performing lasik surgery, lacing up your over-the-knee stiletto boots.
You know, daily life.
Fast. They crank so easily, and with so little problem. If a sock fills you with dread, this is a sock with no heel.
Whimsical. Life seems 2 percent more joyful when you’ve got the fingerless mitts on.
Easy or hard. The stakes are low, so you can take a chance on cables, Fair Isle, or impossible stitch patterns.
Experimental. You can make them endlessly colorful or plain.
I was the one who agitated loudest for fingerless mitts in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 1. If nothing else ever appears in a Field Guide, I needed to know that I would have a solid fingerless mitts pattern.
When Ann Weaver‘s pattern appeared, we knew it was great. Ann’s interest in color theory is at work in these mitts—the slim stripes are so interesting.
Her sample was made with Wendee Shulsen’s Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn, which I’d never heard of before and was happy to discover. This yarn quickly became our choice to pair with these mitts. And once Melanie Falick, creative director and editor of the Field Guides, figured out the colorways, I knew that Squad Mitts would be my go-to multiple of the year.
The Thing about This Yarn
You have to understand, I’ve just come off a weekend where there was a lot of yarn to admire. But I’ve spent a while today looking at all 4 colorways of this yarn—16 shades—and they’re all so lovely.
I see mitts, but I see all sorts of shawls and sweaters and blankets.
You could make a batch of mitts and have yarn leftover for coordinating hats. Or socks. MDK friend Francie is making Stephen West’s new Mystery Shawl KAL 2016 with this yarn and is having a fine time.
It comes in 400-yard skeins that will make 5 pairs of Squad Mitts or even more. But that doesn’t seem out of whack to me.
I’m already on my third pair. I’ve memorized the pattern. Oh, man.