Steve & I succeeded in handcrafting all our Christmas gifts this year and are now able to divulge what we spent the last few weeks working on. The first gift I want to share is fingerless mitts. These are all the rage this year (I did not know this till my in-style sis let me know) and are so easy to make if you know the basics of knitting. I used the pattern from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick, which works the mitts sideways using garter stitch and includes short rows to increase the room in the hand area. Here's the colorful array we gave as presents:
I made Steve & I a pair of these a few years ago. Mine are pictured in the following two photographs so those of you who haven't seen fingerless mitts before can see how they work. They are wonderful for keeping hands warm when you don't need or can't use a full glove or mitt.