It’s difficult sometimes, trying to find the right pattern. Especially if it’s someone you perhaps don’t know that well – your brother’s new girlfriend – or a bloke to whom you can’t possibly give yet another hat, or something that can be popped in the Secret Santa sack at work.
This is where fingerless mittens are your friend. They’re quick and easy, they’re useful, they don’t use too much yarn and they’re often unisex. There are loads of patterns on Ravelry to browse through, but if you’ve made a lot of mitts in the past and are looking for something a little different, may I suggest the Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda Teague.
They have an ingenious construction, whereby you knit them sideways rather than bottom to top, with short rows to shape the thumb.
The only thing to be aware of, is that finishing them requires grafting together your provisional cast on with the live stitches at the end. If, like me, you’re not a massive fan of the Kitchener stitch, this can result in a bit of a problem. But fear not, it can be done.