Finger Mitts

I was off for four days starting last Friday and ended up having much of this time to myself. The weather was quite frigid, snowy and windy, so I decided to take this time to tackle a pair of mittens. I had

purchased Robin Hansen's "Ultimate Mittens" a while back and hadn't made anything from it yet. It is a huge book with all kinds of traditional mittens and gloves from Maine and beyond. After perusing it for a while, I decided to make the "Candlelit Windows Finger Mitts."

Candlelit Windows refers to the "x" and block pattern and they are called finger mitts due to the index finger being separate from the other three fingers. In Maine, these are apparently also known as "shooting gloves" as they allow hunters to keep their hands warm while still having the dexterity to pull a trigger. I am not a hunter but definitely appreciate how much easier it is to do things out in the cold with these on.

I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool for the brown color and some variety of Araucania (though I'm not sure which one as I lost the yarn band) for the contrasting red. Honestly, these probably wouldn't have been my first choice as far as color combinations go. I would have preferred something with a little more contrast. Also the red was just slightly larger in gauge and therefore looks a bit more pronounced in areas. But I was determined to use yarn that I had on-hand and this is what I came up with. And keeping that in mind, I'm pretty happy with them.

After finishing these and wearing them a bit, I thought they may be a little big. But after getting them wet out in the snow (shoveling/ice removal from the roof!) and then drying them by the wood stove, they did seem to snug up a little bit and seem just right now. Plus I remember reading that part of what keeps your hands toasty in a pair of mittens is having a little space between your skin and the fabric that traps warm air. And I can say that they do a great job keeping my hands warm. With the 2 color stranded pattern, they are double thick and keep the wind out nicely. Plus, being wool, they even kept my hands warm when they were soaked through. Couldn't ask for more than that!


Tom Hart's picture

Wow! Awesome job! Really well done. I notice you even kept up the x and block pattern on the finger and the thumb. They look very warm. Congratulations, they're really good looking.

Bill's picture

Those are VERY handsome...and look warm and comfy.
Love the idea of the separate finger...

bobinthebul's picture

The mitten/gloves (glitten?) :) looke great, and so do your photographs of them/1

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting, Ken. Congratulations.

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CLABBERS's picture

They are fun mittens. I never saw any like that with the thumb and forefinger separate from the mitten. Very cool. Neat pattern as well. Your stitching is stunning!


ronhuber's picture

I really like your mittens - they are absolutely beautiful. Robin Hansen's books are wonderful. When I went to elementary school everyone had hand knit mittens and touques. I have saved a pair that my mother made for me over 50 years ago.

aah's picture

Your mittens are beautiful. I had a pair of mittens like these when I was a soldier 45 years ago. Ofcourse they were machine knit and army green, but they were a very nice part of our shooting equipment.
Happy New Year to everyone from a very wet Denmark.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks for sharing. It's interesting to hear that you had and used them as shooting gloves!

Nehkhasi's picture

Beautiful Mittens! and I think that the color and design are just great! Great Knitting! Cool and different!


KenInMaine's picture

Thanks for the kind comments, guys!

AKQGuy's picture

I have a pair of heavy ski mitts that have the separation between my 2nd and 3rd finger that I love. They keep the fingers toasty but like you said, give you a touch more dexterity. I really like the pattern line up at the separate forefinger and rest of the hand body. Great work.

jinct's picture

The glove/mitten/whatever are terrific! Clever idea and perfect colors.