Three nieces are coming to visit next month and I wanted to give them a little gift each. I thought fingerless mitts might be welcome at this time of year. I phoned their parents just to make sure and they suggested the colours of the girls' favourite football team. They don't simply follow this team; they are IN it. The team strip is dark blue with light blue trimmings including 3 stripes.
I found the following Catchy fingerless mitts pattern which gets good reviews on Ravelry. I amended the pattern slightly as I wanted only 3 stripes. I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. I have knitted simple fingerless gloves before. But these are the first that I have knitted in the round and with thumbs. They fit my smallish adult hand snugly and I'm keeping my fingers crossed (pun intended) that they fit the girls' slightly smaller hands. I want them to be a surprise so I couldn't ask the parents to measure them!
These gloves use a tiny amount of yarn and could be knitted at the rate of one per day.... if I had nothing else to do! I knitted the first four fairly quickly and then developed the dreaded "second sock" syndrome. I just couldn't find the impetus to cast on the fifth glove. Eventually I had to as the stress of thinking about the unfinished project began to outweigh the missing mojo.
I recommend this pattern and will probably knit it again in the future. But, for now, I am really glad I have finished all six.