SuperQuick Fingerless Mitts
By Emily Holbert-Kellam

I had only a small bit of precious skein left, but was determined to get something nice out of it!  A super-quick bit of ribbing in the round, and I had a pretty and toasty pair of fingerless mitts to get through chilly days, with not a scrap of yarn wasted.

These would make a great last-minute gift made from handspun yarn, paired with a bulky scarf or kerchief.

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Materials
~ approx. 40g bulky-spun singles, 8-9WPI (originals knit with Manos Del Uruguay kettle-dyed yarn)
~ 5mm dpns, set of 4
~ 1 stitch marker (opt.)
~ tapestry needle
~ scrap of waste yarn

Gauge: approx. 4 sts. and  5 rows per inch in St. st.

Abbreviations
C/O – cast on
K – knit
Kfb – knit in front and back of the stitch (1 stitch increased)
Ktbl – Knit through the back loop
P – purl
Pfb – purl in front and back of the stitch (1 stitch increased)
Inc. – Increase
Rnd. – round
St. – stitch (sts. – stitches)
St. st. – stockinette stitch
WIP – wraps per inch


Cast on 24 sts.  
Divide sts. – 8 per needle.  Join in the round, and be careful not to twist them!  Place marker to note the beginning of rnd. if you like

Cuff
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 20 rounds. Note: work more rounds if you want a longer cuff, so long as you have enough yarn!

Increase for thumb:
Inc. rnd. 1:  k2, pfb twice, *k2, p2* to end of round
Inc. rnd. 2:  k2, p4, *k2, p2* to end of round
Inc. rnd. 1:  k2, p1, pfb, kfb, p1, *k2, p2* to end of round (28 sts. total)

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 8 rounds.

Separate thumb stitches:
Next round:  k2, slip next 6 sts. onto waste yarn, CO 2 sts using backwards loop cast-on, *k2, p2* to end of round (24 sts. total; 6 sts. held)

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 10 rounds.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Thumb
Set up round:
Pick up 6 held sts. (3 per needle).  P 2, k2, p2.
Pick up 4 sts from top of thumb opening (1 per side and 2 backwards loop cast-on sts.).  K all 4 sts.  (10 sts. total)  Note: you may want to ktbl on the side sts. to avoid gaps at thumb join.

Next round:  P2, k2, p2, k2tog twice. (8 sts. total)
Work following 6 rnds. As follows:  P2, k2, p2, k2
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Finishing
Weave in ends.
Enjoy your mitts!

Emily calls Toronto home, and enjoys a beautiful life with her husband Andrew, and her two cats "The Horribles".  She enjoys all things crafting from wood working to wire jewelry, but is particularly drawn to knitting and spinning.  Visit her blog for more about her, The Horribles and her crafting obsession.