Hello my dears,
My hands are constantly cold during winter. Sometimes they get downright frigid! As much as I would like to bundle up in a cozy comforter to keep warm, there is far too much to do. And 95% of my day-to-day activities require the use of my hands.
To resolve my chilly hand conundrum, I have been intending to knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts for ages. But, if you are a knitter, you know how it is: there are just too many gorgeous patterns out there! I finally decided that I had put off making fingerless mitts for too long.
So I knit up a pair of Fire Pit Mitts, (blog post coming soon!) but almost immediately after that, Kay of the Crazy Sock Lady podcast put a testing call on Instagram for her latest design. And what do you know? It was a pattern for fingerless mitts! The samples were just too beautiful to dismiss so I happily volunteered to test the pattern: The Rhinebeck is Calling Fingerless Mitts.
It is a little hard to see with my choice of yarn, but isn't that lace amazing?? And it was very simple to work up. Honestly, the thing that surprised me the most about this pattern was how quickly I was able to knit them. They are knit one at a time using magic loop. I had both mitts done in record time.
Using Paintbox Sock Yarn leftover from a pair of socks I knit recently, I chose to make the size small. I think I have fairly average sized hands, but I do prefer a snug fit. I used a US size 2 (2.75 mm) knitting needle.
In total, I only needed 34 grams or about 145 yards of yarn! I suppose I am too used to knitting socks, but I expected them to take much more than that. However, I trusted the pattern and it was correct.
If you usually only need 60 grams or less of yarn for socks, you can easily get a matching pair of mitts from the same skein! Which means less yarn accumulation in your stash. Win-win!
I have been wearing these constantly. They do a great job at keeping my hands warm. Of course, the fingers are still exposed so they can get a bit chilly, but the mitts do help with that. Once my palm/wrist are warmed, the heat spreads into the fingers and keeps them at a less than freezing temperature.
I wear them while driving, typing, knitting, sewing, reading, shopping, etc. Although, I don't recommend keeping them on while working in the kitchen. It would be devastating to stain them with a splash of tomato sauce or oil!
Are you feeling a sudden urge to cast on a pair of fingerless mitts? I don't blame you! I am halfway done with my second pair from this pattern. They are a lovely mauve on a soft wool/angora blend. Be sure to watch my podcast later this week for a peek at them!
Full Disclaimer: While I did receive the pattern in exchange for testing, I was not asked to do anything more than tell Kay if there were errors, typos, or unclear instructions in the pattern. All opinions are my own. I will never be anything but honest about products or patterns that I mention here on the blog.