I love mittens. They keep my hands and fingers so much warmer than gloves but I rarely wear them because I cannot answer my phone or use the GPS while wearing them. Fingerless mitts solve a lot of this problem but my fingers are still COLD. The solution? Finger holes in the mittens!However, the holes in the mittens created another problem- a draft while not in use. I found that a simple garter stitch flap overcomes this obstacle. Yay for that! I haven’t yet knitted a flap over the thumb as you can see in the picture. It turns out that I knitted the thumb too large. There’s a little bit of tweaking to be done to the pattern before it’s really wearable.
The strange flap on the wrist is a button band. There are pretty silver buttons in my stash that I thought would compliment a cabled pattern. Buttons can add that bit of sparkle to a project that brings the whole thing to life. 🙂
I’m really excited about these mittens. It’s a shame that they need reworking before they are wearable. I’ve been taking notes along the way for a possible future pattern release. In the meantime, I’ll be sitting by the fireplace in hand-knitted socks with my dog creepily staring at me while I work on these mittens. Hope you are staying warm as well.