On these blustery December days, I’m so thankful that I stopped neglecting my hands’ well-being and finally made myself a pair of mittens. Every morning, I would don my scarf and coat to brave the icy wind only to then curse the freezing steering wheel of my car because I lacked covering for my hands. For years I would look through department store gloves, annoyed at the sizing charts that invariably tell dirty lies (No, one size does not fit all, despite what they tell you.) I could never find gloves that fit my hands in a manner in which I found satisfactory. And I can never bring myself to wear mittens due to the lack of dexterity they lend your hands. So what is a knitter to do but channel that dissatisfaction into a search on Ravelry for a solution. Now, I swore off knitting gloves years ago. Admittedly I still have a little residual PTSD from weaving in the innumerable ends of yarn that results from each glove (and I’m still in shock that one glove with only 5 fingers can still produce–what was to my calculation–at least 47 ends). For all of these reasons and more, I was so excited to find this pattern for Glittens.
These Glittens are the perfect marriage of gloves and mittens. While they function like mittens, the pattern incorporates an opening on the palm of the mitten that allows the end of the mitten to be pulled back and expose the fingers much in the manner of fingerless gloves. This allows you use your fingers while still keeping the rest of your hand warm. Then, just before you suffer from hypothermia in your fingertips, you can quickly pull the flap down into its original position, thus saving you from losing your fingers. Clever, huh?
I knit my Glittens out of two skeins of Noro Silk Garden on size 6, 32″ needles. I adapted the pattern slightly and only cast on 36 stitches and made a right as well as a left mitten (apparently the pattern was written for a giant with two left hands. But left handed giants need love, too, I suppose). However, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to alter the left mitten pattern for your right hand. I really love the construction of the opening though. With some waste yarn, you simply knit half the row and then go back and knit with your regular yarn as normal. When you’re finished with your mitten, just take out your waste yarn, placing the now live stitches on your needles and continue from there. It’s wonderful! So if you’re interested in knitting your own pair of Glittens out of the many, many colors of Noro Silk Garden, just click here for the pattern. -Michael