Fingerless mittens have become my favorite cold weather accessory along with the ever present scarf. The array of possible techniques in making fingerless mittens is fathomless. My notebook is filled with ideas. You can make them in different weights, with or without the thumb, mixing fabrics or plain, contrasting thread colors or the same, seams showing or on the inside, dressy or casual, with crocheted borders; the possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples from the dozens of mittens I have made this season and a basketful of mittens ready to take to a holiday gallery show that I’m participating in.
One of the major inspirations for the detail work I’ve been adding this year (beaded edges, fancy stitched edges, reverse appliqué) is Alabama Chanin. I own all three of their books (there’s another coming out in the spring!) and they are a wealth of inspiration and techniques. Check them out!