I saw some mitts earlier this year in the Sundance catalog and clipped them out. I thought, “gee, I could really make those so easily”. The only thing I feared was the stripes – I have a loathing of weaving in ends. That’s why I don’t knit stripey things – I do mostly two color stranded work. And since I am knitting my Granny Stripes Blanket at the same time, I have really put myself to the test. That blanket has some serious ends to weave in.
I probably didn’t even need a pattern but thought I would look on Ravelry to see if there was anything similar. Sure enough, there was – “The Ultimate Fingerless Mitts” by Erica Lueder. I used the pattern as a guide and kind of did my own thing with it.
First of all, the pattern calls for casting on 60 stitches. I did that but it soon became apparent that was going to be a little too big, so I decreased right down to 50 stitches. This is what I cast on for the second mitten and it was just right. Of course, I knit them using Magic Loop instead of DPNs. Those days are over.
Also, the mittens in the catalog used 1×1 ribbing for the entire length of the forearm. I debated about doing that and decided to just do pure stockinette stitch. I would still be interested in knitting a pair and using the ribbing and see if I liked that any better.
I really like these mittens. I like the rolled stockinette ends a lot. Since they are knit in a fingering weight and without any stranded colorwork, they are a light mitten and will be for milder weather.