Hello! I hope all of you are staying nice and warm as these cold months draw near. Today, I want to talk about knitwear for the hands. Today's post will be slightly different from the others. I don’t have a basic pattern for you to follow, nor will I be “teaching” you how to make these items. Mostly because mittens and gloves have so many variations to the techniques used to knit them. It is best for you to be inspired by these patterns and ideas and explore the world of warm knits for yourself.
However, I do want to talk about a crucial technique for hand knitwear. Thumb gussets, or rather the thumb-hole. I did this wrong for many years and it led to a few pairs of gloves and mittens with tight, uncomfortable thumb-holes.
I learned about thumb gussets by following this pattern for mittens. It isn't the clearest to read, but it is very basic and easy to adapt to any type of hand wear.
There is also this amazing tutorial on adding a thumb-hole for fingerless gloves. The author has great pictures, and lots of detail. It is explained very well.
These wonderful warmers have been around for sometime. Simply Google “traditional mittens” and you will be treated to some of the most intricate and beautiful knitting. You can easily find loads of free patterns for traditional mittens. But take a look at these classic mittens made by the very talented knitter Kristi Everst.
Mittens can be knitted in so many different styles, from practical, all the way to incredible. Check out these patterns if you don’t believe me.
Martha Stewart offers this free pattern for mittens. They are knitted flat and in garter stitch. Which makes them easy, fast, and great for a beginner. As well as perfect for Christmas gifts.
Not interested in color worked mittens, or basic ones, try out these gorgeous cabled ones.
This pattern for mittens is a pretty take on a classic style. But it also shows you how to knit a lining for them, making these mitts extra toasty!
Yes, gloves can seem daunting. But knitting fingers isn’t as hard as it looks. You are essentially knitting tiny tubes. If you are feeling very intimidated by gloves, you can always watch this video tutorial that carries you through the entire process.
Once you got that down, you can start working on your own pair of beautiful gloves.
Here are some more gloves by Kristi Everst. These are just so ethereal and pretty. I can’t help but love them.
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, here are some gloves that were inspired by the show. These have some intricate work, but would be so much fun to make. They are on my list of things to knit.
This pattern, while similar to the one above, I couldn’t help but add it. These are stunning, and just make me want to solely knit gloves.
Now we come to those fingerless things. There was a point in my knitting days when I was obsessed with arm warmers. I thought they were so cool and stylish. I have passed on from that somewhat. I don’t really see the point in freezing fingers for the sake of fashion. While I am more apt to pick up a pair of mittens, I can’t deny fingerless gloves are handy for the season changes, as well as make excellent gifts. They are easy to make, and knit up nice and fast.
Once again Martha Stewart offers a free, basic pattern for fingerless gloves
These little hand warmers look like they fit great and look fabulous.
While this pattern offers a more sophisticated take on fingerless gloves.
Actually interested in knitting a pair of arm warmers? Go ahead and check out Purl Bee’s pattern
And there we have it, some all around interesting inspiration for you all. I hope you have a lovely holiday, and God bless!
P.S. I couldn’t help but add this pattern as a little Fall/Thanksgiving bonus. It is just so cool
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