I have 2 pairs of fingerless mitts. They’re both modified versions of Fetching.
They’re made out of sport and DK weight yarn, and they get the job done.
However, Chicago can get pretty ridiculously cold, so I started digging through my stash for some worsted weight wool that would keep me a little warmer.
But instead I found a 60 g ball of worsted weight alpaca.
To non-knitters – this is like finding a $20 bill in a coat you haven’t worn in a while.
I bought it ages ago, back when I was still pretty new at this whole knitting thing. I bought it because it was 100% alpaca, and I bought such a small amount because I’m sure it was expensive and I didn’t know any better.* I’ve lost the ball band, so I don’t even know what brand it is, but I remember that it was definitely alpaca.
I never used it, because I never had a project that called for such a small amount of yarn. I never gave it away because, well, it’s alpaca.
Alpaca’s awesome. It is much warmer than wool, which means that if you make a sweater out of it, you’ll bake yourself. It’s really soft, so it can be worn against the skin and it won’t be itchy.
This is the PERFECT yarn for fingerless mitts – closes up that drafty gap you get at your wrists, it’s soft like a kitten and it’s nice and warm!
The pattern I used was Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts, version 2, with some alterations due to my small hands.
The end product – fantastic! And I would definitely use the pattern again. If you’re looking for a basic pattern that isn’t complicated, easy to alter (if you need to), go for this one.
*This tends to be a rookie move with new knitters. You’re new, you’re in a yarn shop, there’s a lot of beautiful things to look at and squish. You see a luxury yarn. It’s wonderful, and it’s on the expensive side. So you buy a really small amount. And you never get around to using it, because it’s such a teeny amount. 9 times out of 10, it never gets made into anything. I’m not judging, it’s something that happens, like falling off your bicycle when you’re learning to ride. And, as you can see, I’ve done it, too. 🙂