Monday, November 21, 2005

No need to panic...

I found the pattern for these fingerless gloves with a mitten hood in the Lopi pattern book I'm using for my husband's sweater. They are knit up with Lopi on size 9's and consist of less than 40 stitches per round. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn't!
These can be knit up in 1 day! The glove part sounded tricky to me since I've never knit gloves before, but by the time I got to the fingers the pattern started to make sense to me and turned out great...the first time. No ripping here ladies. Stitches are then picked up at the back to make a mitten hood to keep those fingers warm when you don't need 'em.

Bonus: These mittens are actually so functional AND warm enough that I think even a GUY would wear them. I don't know about you, but all the men I know wear those leather gloves all winter long that are so not appropriate for Canadian winters. I think they wear them for the functionality. Well these glove/mitts are even more functional I think because you can easily pop the mitten hood off (you can do it with one hand) and there you have fingers to answer your phone, fumble for keys, open a Joe Louis, dig in your pockets for whatever it is you've got in there...when you're done pop the hood back on and there you go keeping your hands warm again! There is even a buttonhole in the thumb to pop out the tip. Seriously folks, these are the perfect man mitts!

And using up only 1 1/4 balls of Lopi, we're talking under $10 per pair. Needless to say, I've found that perfect Christmas knitting project for all the men on my list this year, and at a day each...I can breath! No more need to panic. It's going to be okay!



  1. Bravo ! your mitten is gorgeous !
    and what's wrong with all these men wearing those ULTRA inappropriate Leather gloves ? it's amazing they have any fingers left by the time spring time arrives.
    Congrats on your new glove/mitten creation ! !

  2. Wow, those are great gloves!! Which pattern book is it? I'm going to have to hunt it down and buy it ... that pattern is great! Do they have all different sizes or just one size fits all?

  3. Hi Sam,

    The pattern is from Lopi No. 24 (the one with the lady wearing a burgundy beret on the cover). There is only one size given for the man mitts using Lopi though there is another pattern for the ladies which is identical to this one except it uses Lett-Lopi to end up with a smaller version.

    Happy knitting!

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