Whitman Fingerless Mitts

Whitman Fingerless Mitts

Blue 650

I love these fingerless mitts. I originally created these to use up the remainders of yarn left over from the Whitman hat, but they soon had a life of their own and the pattern went from short, to long. I spend a lot of time playing with different designs for the forearm ribbing, I thought 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing would be too boring. After much trial and error, I settled on combo of 3 stitches of the Whitman textured stitch and three stitches of a slipped stitch ribbing.

3x3 pattern


Just for the heck of it, I also knit a version with 1×1 ribbing and found that I actually enjoyed this simple forearm more than the 3×3. I love how the 1×1 ribbing adjusts to fit the forearm and wrist so nicely, while creating a clean design line as well. When it came time to publish the pattern, I did a poll to see which forearm design was most popular. The result was that they were equally popular, so I wrote the pattern with both options. In addition to this design option, there is also an option for short/long, small/large, and a 1×1 rib stitch for the thumb or a thumb done in pattern. Wow, that comes out to 64 possible combinations. The challenge of this pattern was how to work all these options into a simple, clear and concise pattern. Thanks to suggestions and help from my test knitters, I was able to get the pattern instructions into only one page. I call that a success!

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