fingerless mitts (aka handball gloves)

Boy 2 is a serious handball player at school. If you add up all the recesses and the time he plays at home, he probably plays at least an hour a day. He will actually play until his hands are bloody. Seriously. Bloody. To fix this problem, he asked me to knit him some fingerless mitts to protect his hands. This is actually his second pair. Who knows what happened to the first ones, but he needed a slightly bigger pair this year anyway.

They couldn’t be easier to knit. Just a rectangle of garter stitch folded in half and stitched up the sides leaving an opening for the thumb.

They work perfectly and I already have orders for two more pair from the little boys that I walk home from school.

Fingerless Mitts- all the serious handball players are wearing them.

Fingerless Mitt Pattern

Worsted weight yarn
size 7 needles

Cast on 30 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until the piece measures 6 inches. Bind off, leaving a tail of about 10 inches of yarn. Fold piece in half so that the rows are going lengthwise down the piece (this allows for maximum stretch). Using the yarn tail, stitch the two sides together using mattress stitch for 1.5 inches. Leave a 1.5 inch opening for the thumb by just weaving the yarn down one side and begin stitching the two sides together again until the end of the piece. Weave in ends.

These fit the average 9-11 year old. You can size them up/down by just adding/subtracting a few stitches when you cast on and adjusting length that you stitch the rectangle.