I’ve had a couple of people ask me what is the use of fingerless mitts.


Having fingers exposed allows one to use their fingers while keeping the rest of their han and wrist warm.  Think of buttoning you child’s coat or tieing their shoes when it’s cold outside.  Feeling for something (keys, lip gloss, tissues, gum) in your purse without taking your gloves or mittens off.  Answering your cell phone or texting.  Buckling your child into a car seat when it’s c-o-l-d outside.  Typing, filing, taking notes in a cold classroom or office.

The difference between fingerless mitts and fingerless gloves is (IMHO) is that fingerless mitts just end so the fingers are free while fingerless gloves have topless fingers.

I’ve made a combination of fingerless gloves and mittens once for a friend who loves to take photographs on the C&O Canal towpath in our area.  Ever try to take a picture with gloves on?  The pattern is called “Glittens” by Nuttinbutknittin.

Glittens for Mark 2007

Glittens for Mark 2007

On the other hand (no pun intended) many pairs of fingerless mitts have come off my knitting needles.


Fingerless mitts for my office, Christmas 2011.

Mr Aitch's Musica Mitts 2010

Mr Aitch’s Musica Mitts 2010

Fingerless mitts for Mr. Aitch.

Leah's Musica Mitts

Leah’s Musica Mitts

Fingerless mitts for my friend Leah.


Fingerless mitts for my friend Pat.


Fingerless mitts for ME!

Have you made or own any fingerless mitts or gloves?

Do you find them useful?

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