Put simply, these are utility mitts. They’re unfussy, quick to knit, and are meant for “working”, i.e. shoveling snow, cleaning off the car, etc. Over time, they will tend to felt slightly. They’re thick enough to wear on their own when it’s not very cold. I like to layer mine for maximum warmth and versatility.
The thumb is placed slightly toward the palm to prevent torquing of the hand. A link to my method for a gapless thumb join is included. Only one size is shown; feel free to experiment with gauge and yarn to extend the range of sizes.
The pattern can now be downloaded here. Less than one skein of Puffin is required, but keep in mind that the very nature of utility knitting begs for the use of scraps and leftovers. Have fun!