The idea or more accurately the need for this fingerless glove came from Nick, who needed something to replace a mouse mat with. Behold - a design!
Let me present the Infringing Mitt (formerly known as something else - see the comments about the name change (and quite rude corporate pressure.
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Yarn: You can use any bulky wool, preferrably superwash (won't felt when rubbing against the table) - I used Asa Gjestal Spinneri's Topp'tTå 100% superwash wool in colour red (909). My glove used ca 25 metres (27 yards) of yarn - one ball will make 2 gloves.
Needles: to obtain a tight knitted fabric that will cushion the hand, I knit with 4mm dpns (the yarn calls for 7mms)
Approximate gauge: 18 st x 24 rows in 10 cm (4 in) square when slightly stretched in 2x1 rib. If you get smaller/bigger gauge, just leave out one rib repeat (3 stitches).
CO 33 stitches,
Divide sts between 3 needles, mark beginning of round.
Work for 4 inches in 2x1 rib
Make thumbhole: from beginning of round, k2, knit 5 stitches on scrap yarn, transfer scrap yarn stitches back to the left needle, and knit the stitches again using the actual mitt yarn. Work 4 more rounds as established in 2x1 rib, BO in a stretchy way (I used the decreased bind-off , but didn't knit tbl).
Thumb: pick the thumb stitches on the needles, 6 below and 6 up.
Knit the below 6 st, pick up 2 on the side of the hole, knit the upper 6, pick up 2 on the other side.
Knit 3 rounds (no rib), BO in the same method you bound off the actual mitt part. You're finished! No need for blocking, as the mitt is supposed to be stretchy.
Thanks to Cheryl Niamath's Dashings for inspiration. Please give feedback and comment if the pattern is unclear, or you have anything else to say!
Don't forget to post your finished mitts on Ravelry!