Thursday, 28 October 2010

Warm Hands

Hand Knitted Fingerless Mitts
I've been doing lots of knitting.  I'm working on a pair of socks that have been languishing on the needles since we moved in and I'm also teaching myself stranded (Fair Isle) knitting. 

I made the fingerless mitts above for my sister Sally for her birthday.  The pattern is Ysolda Teague's 'Veyla' and it's great.  A quick but very pretty knit and Sally is absolutely delighted with them.

And then Chris asked me to make him another pair of fingerless gloves, this time in dark red.  These are a mish-mash of a couple of standard glove patterns.  They're knitted in DK weight yarn so they should keep his hands nice and warm.

Hand Knitted Fingerless Gloves

Many people wonder if fingerless gloves are effective.  They really really are - they keep your wrists warm which helps and even though your fingers and their tips are exposed your hands are kept surprisingly toasty.  Also, and in Chris's case this is of major importance, the free fingertips factor allows you to use the touch screen of your iPhone with ease.  Result!

8 Comments

AngZee said...

Wow! Those are both great!

Helga Hansen said...

I love your sister's gloves. My joints ache in the cold (I'm hypothyroid), and I too wear "fingerless" gloves, although I thought the style you knitted your sister were known as "wrist-warmers" as there are no actual fingers (apart from the thumbs).

I suppose I should step away from my scarf comfort zone and re-learn to knit intricate patterns again! Thanks for sharing the pattern source!! :)

Laura said...

Thank you, ladies.

Some say 'wrist warmers', some say 'fingerless mitts'. I call the grey ones fingerless mitts. The red ones are gloves with no fingertips hence 'fingerless gloves' and the grey ones look like mittens with no tops. Some people make actual wrist warmers which are just a wide band with no thumb at all. I think the thumb part makes them a mitt.

Laura x

JennaDee said...

Love the fingerless gloves you made for your sister!!! I have no idea how to knitt and am a loss cause :)

Janine- Cherished Trinkets said...

Laura!

I adore the gloves you made for your sister they look gorgeous! The colour is fab too! Very jealous!

Caroline B said...

Gorgeous pattern you have used for your sister's mitts - no wonder she is pleased with them, and hats off for making the fingerless gloves with fingers (you know what I mean!)
That's fiddly! I love fingerless mittens for this time of year, terrific for dog-walking.

fhiona galloway said...

ooh they look lovely the grey ones...well done!
Thanks for your nice comments on my blog Laura :0))))

Sue Doran said...

Two lovely pairs of gloves and sounds like two pairs of busy fingers (yours with the knitting and Chris's on his phone!)