As I think I mentioned in previous posts, every time I make something I like to try something a little more challenging, and with a few new techniques. The last mittens I made were fingerless, knitted back and forth, with the thumb gusset created in the centre and then sewn up on the side. These new bad boys are knitted in the round, with individual tipless fingers.
The best way of understanding how they are made is to see them as a big tube with 5 little tubes attached. The cuff is 2x2 ribbing, you then increase in specific places to create the thumb gusset, put those stitches on some waste yarn and continue up the hand. As the gap between your little finger is lower than between the others you knit that one first, do a few more rounds of the hand and then the other fingers at the same height. This creates a truly bespoke fit that is not achievable in shop-bought gloves.
These are the hardest thing I've knitted, they were super fiddly work but I'm pretty pleased with the result and it shows the level of technique I've reached. They could easily be full gloves as decreasing on the fingers is pretty simple in comparison to the rest of the work. These were an xmas present for my old man, the yarn is Rico Essentials alpaca chunky, 50% alpaca superfine, 50% highland sheep wool. Knitted in the round on 3.5mm bamboo DPNS. Boom.