When I first started knitting, I thought fingerless gloves were one of the dumbest things ever.
I didn’t understand why anyone would want a pair of gloves that doesn’t cover their fingers. I live in Wisconsin, I understand cold temperatures and dressing for the weather, fingers are the part of the hand that get cold first. It didn’t make sense to me.
Then I gave in and made a pair, just to see what the fuss was all about.
And I got it.
First, fingerless gloves are warmer than I thought. Not Wisconsin winter warm, warmer than I would have guessed. My understanding is that it has something to do with keeping your pulse points warm, but I’m not expert on that. They are perfect for the spring and fall months when it isn’t warm enough for gloves or mittens, but still chilly on your bare hands.
The utility of having your fingers free should not be underestimated. Among other things, it is virtually impossible to securely fasten a carseat while wearing mittens. For the super cold winter weather, I also have a pair of flippy top mittens for the same purpose.
I discovered another great use for fingerless gloves at work. They are fantastic to have for when the office is chilly. They keep your fingers warm while still allowing you to do everything you need to do to get work done. I keep my Zombie Doomsday mitts at my desk for that exact reason. They work so fantastically well, that my friend decided that she needed a pair, too.
If you know me at all, you know that I only knit for a select group of people. As one of my friends, and fellow knitters, likes to say
“Knitting for others is like sex, if I like you enough, it will be free. If I don’t, you can’t pay me enough to do it.”
While the list of people isn’t the same, I think that sums up the sentiment quite well.
Anyways, the friend that requested the mitts passed my requirements, and I agreed to make her a pair of fingerless gloves. The end result being these: