While there are a few patterns I really enjoy, this is one I’ve made repeatedly to the point of memorizing it. I found it on Ravelry.com, which is an excellent resource if you haven’t discovered it yet. There are many ways to refine your searches, including sorting for free patterns only, of which there are plenty. You do need to create a free, simple account, but it’s well worth it because you can save patterns you like to your library for later.
So, my favorite? The Hermione Shell Mittens by Andrea Denby. It is free, Andrea’s pattern is clear and concise, and everyone who has seen a pair has asked me for them. For yarn, I use a double strand of Loops and Threads Woolike from Michaels. It’s incredibly soft, and using two strands together makes it just right for the weight suggested in the pattern.
These are wonderful if you work in a cold office or spend time in a chilly school or library, or for in-between weather. Any task where your hands get chilly but you really need your fingertips, really! Like, say, crocheting on a cold day?
The gloves in the image above are slightly different from the original pattern – I worked a couple of extra rows in the wrist to make it longer and even warmer. Some people loved the longer version, while others found it annoying to have it go so far down on their arm. As long as you stick to the right multiple, you can adjust the circumference of the glove if needed. If you are making them for a gift, when in doubt, ask about the length! Better that they find out the surprise than your work go to waste in the back of a closet.
The pattern is worked as one piece from the wrist up through the thumb hole and over the hand and fingers, then the thumb is added on at the end. You can also remove one repetition of the pattern that is worked in the round (by subtracting 8 from the beginning chain) to make them fit a grade-school-aged child. My kids love them, too!
Try them out, and let me know what you think!