Fingerless Mitts or maybe they are Gauntlets or Wrist warmers

Fingerless Mitts or maybe they are Gauntlets or Wrist warmers

I am super busy getting ready for our last farmers market of the year. We sold so many meat pies I will be frantically trying to make as many as possible for this Saturday. I thought you might like this fingerless mitts post I did a few years ago.


I decided I want to sell some fingerless mitts this fall. Or maybe they are gauntlets or wrist warmers? Does anyone know what the difference is?

First I have to make a pair of resists. I traced my arm from knuckles to almost my elbow.  then measured around my arm to see how much I had to add for depth. then I figured on 30% shrinkage.

fingerless mitt resist

Naturally, I picked purple wool. I used about 60 grams for the pair. mostly because that is what was in the ball of wool I grabbed.




fingerless mitts ready to felt

Here they are finished

fingerless mitt finnished

They turned out fine and they fit me and my much thinner daughter so sizing is good.  I may add some stitching and beading.  I think they are a little heavy or thick. I was going to put a thumb hole in but I think it would be uncomfortable with the thickness. Next time I think I will use 40 grams of wool and see how that goes.  I may try making the part over the hand pointed too. I think it would look nice.


30 thoughts on “Fingerless Mitts or maybe they are Gauntlets or Wrist warmers

  1. Very nice. I think thin would be better. I’m trying to imagine how these are worn. Over or under something? I’m not familiar with this, but I think they’re cool.

    1. Thank you Marilyn. I think over shirt sleeves but under a coat. More a fashion thing than a practical one when they are so long. I use fingerless mitts when I need my fingers but it is cold.

    2. Ok that makes senses. I’ve just never seen them. I like the idea though. J

  2. They do look pretty – lovely colours and pattern, and added stitching/beading could look too – and I would call them wrist warmers …

    … gauntletts are full gloves with long, loose wrist cuffs that extend up the arm, and fingerless mitts are just like gloves but the actual fingers and thumbs look as though they’ve been cut off about 1cm from where they started.

  3. The design is lovely Ann. I usually say go for it on stitching and beading but with wearables you have to make sure the beads will stay on. Also, if you’re selling these, you’ll have to think about the time it takes to add the extras and what price works for selling. I like them just the way they are. And I agree, thinner would be better.

    1. Thanks Ruth. I know what you mean about the time to embellish. Maybe I can have a couple of price points. of course my I always have good intentions about embellishing but that doesn’t always happen.

  4. Gorgeous colour and patterns, Ann 🙂
    I’d agree with Ruth about the beads, especially if these go under a coat, they might get snagged off. Very nice 🙂

  5. Ann, Love these and the color.
    Lyn, I thought fingerless gloves where the ones with no finger tips and fingerless mittens had no fingers except for the thumb which was part of a finger or just a slit for your thumb. I bought what was advertised as fingerless mittens for my mom. They had no fingers, a slit for your thumb and just covered your hand. They ended at the start of your wrist. I loved them but when I went to buy more they were sold out. I talked to my felting instructor and I think she said she didn’t know if I could felt a pair because the felt would have no “give” to stretch over your hand.

    1. You do need to leave enough room at the wrist part to squeeze your hand through. The alternative would be to make them larger then cut and overlap. Use buttons to close them. I may do some like this. providing my “round toit” can be found.

  6. The mitts design has stood the test of time – they still look great Ann!

    Good luck with the baking and the sale.

  7. Very nice! I don’t think they need anything else. To me, gauntlets are longer, almost to the elbows. Mitts are just above the wrist and gloves are about half way up the arms. I like to make mine with thumb coverings.

  8. Hope your baking goes well Ann & that you sell out again at your last market.
    Did you manage to make more wrist warmers? Your earlier pair are a great fashion statement.

  9. I love the colors and design on yours Ann. I am seeing fingerless gloves everywhere. Must be that time of year. I made my first pair of mittens and fingerless gloves in July with the help of a tutorial. I only used 7g of wool on each side in herringbone layout with a superfine layer of viscose on the inside, about 2oz in cloud layout. They are thin, but strong. My shrinkage was about 50% with 19mic, probably less with 23. There is a free tutorial from Rufelt Online if you want to have a look. I shall be making more to match some neck warmers I made. I personally like having a thumb, but my hands do get cold!

    1. It is that time of year again. I haven’t made any in a long time. my daughter tells me it is easier to text without the thumb. I guess it depends on your priorities. Mine is being warm.

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