Knitting notes on the Hand Springs Fingerless Mitts by Micol Day, a free fingerless glove pattern.
- Recommended yarn is a light fingering weight yarn
- Recommended needles are 2.25mm circular needles
I decided to try out this fingerless mitts pattern from the list of knitted fingerless gloves I have curated. The lace looks pretty and easy to make.
Micol said that this mitts pattern was adapted from the lace chart of the
Spring Forward Socks by Linda Welch. So, it could be the reason why the pattern consists of written instructions and a chart pattern.
Micol is not a professional knitting designer and the pattern does not follow the typical structure. It does, however, contain quite a bit of explanation and elaboration about the size and stretch of the mitts.
The written instructions are quite easy to follow until the thumb gusset section where the designer suddenly refer to Column C, a reference to the chart pattern. You won’t be able to continue if you cannot read charts.
I personally think that the 2 sets of instructions should be independent of each other. I shouldn’t need to refer to the chart if I am following the written instructions.
The chart pattern was confusing for me. I admit I am not a fan of chart patterns. So, I was a bit annoyed that there was no explanation for the columns of little circles lining the sides of the chart, with some circles shaded and numbered.
There is a legend for the numbers and shaded circles but not the columns and unshaded circles. I went back to the written instructions.
I have knitted a few thumb gussets before and decided to use my knowledge gathered from there instead. It went quite well and I managed to finish the mitts.
After I have finished my mitts, I came across this little blog post and found out what the little circles were for. It is to keep track of the progress. Poke each circle out with the needle tip once that row is done.
It would have been nice if the pattern makes mention of that instead of assuming knitters know what they are.
In general, the pattern is not too hard especially if you like reading charts. It yields a quick and easy knit. Since it is free, I should be contented.