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I made these for myself because I have some fingerless cycling gloves with kevlar splints which are great, but chilly in winter. I actually made two sets and put one inside the other, because the wind came through just one thickness at 18mph.

Pattern

  1. Place your hand on a piece of paper - brown wrapping paper is good - in a relaxed pose, fingers fairly close together (little finger parallel to its edge of the palm) and thumb at about half past one.
  2. Draw around it with about half an inch perimeter, then cut it out.
  3. Put the mitten piece on the fleece and copy it onto the fleece with a textile marker (I used a Sharpie instead). Make sure the fleece's direction of greatest stretch goes around the hand (the greatest stretch always goes around the body).

Sewing

  1. Pin the two layers of the mitten piece along the little finger edge, at the index finger tip, half way down it, at the V between the finger and thumb, at the tip of the thumb, half way down it, at the base of the thumb, and at the wrist.
  2. Pin by pushing the pin in at about 40 degrees to the table, then use the head of the pin (held with thumb and forefinger) to lift the fabric with its point, while with your other hand you hold the rest on the table so you can push the point through the lifted cloth.
  3. Cut the pinned piece out along the copied shape.
  4. Sew or serge around the edge of the mitten. For gentle curves, you can turn the piece while sewing so the machine just follows the curve, but for sharper curves you will need to stop the machine with the needle down, lift the foot, turn the cloth (or spread the finger/thumb angle so it's straight but the corner fabric's still caught, for the serger), drop the foot again, and resume sewing.
  5. If you're not serging, you can use any stitch you like, but if you need the seam to stretch you should use a stretch stitch. The simplest stretch stitch is zig-zag, and while you can use this for all the stretchy projects on this site, I've seen people saying that it doesn't leave the nicest-looking seams. If your machine can do a stretch stitch like overlock, with a straight edge, that's better.

You'll probably want to make two of these - one for each hand - but for this pattern, you needn't worry about flipping left for right.

When I made this, I actually made the whole little-finger edge lay on a fold. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I suppose it reduced the amount of cutting, sewing, and pinning a little.


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