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Random Fingerless Mitts

Before I start that big afghan knitting project, I wanted to knock out some little projects. Last weekend I gave away a pair of fingerless mitts, so I wanted to knit another pair to keep in my little hoard of knitwear.

maine morning mitts

Fingerless mitts are a great hostess gift, an “Oh, it’s your birthday?” gift, a gift for all occasions. They are useful, without being obtrusive. And nice, but not so nice that the recipient feels burdened or over-balanced in the karmic gift exchange department.

These are Maine Morning Mitts, in a particularly drab (and thus beloved by me) colorway of Noro Kureyon. Except that I made two amendments to the pattern:

1. I used a tubular cast-on. (I have mastered the one from the Grace Lace Beret.)

2. I used a matching tubular cast-off. I literally gasped in surprise when my friend Dorothy used those words: “tubular cast-off.”

maine morning mitts

Here is the TECHKnitting article on the technique. But I will sum it up the way Dorothy did, which is all I needed to hear: just separate alternate stitches on a pair of needles, then graft them together with Kitchener stitch, same as you would the toe of a sock.

Genius, right? And I love the results!

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