I have never done so much thinking about thumbs as I have in the last several weeks while designing my brand new convertible fingerless gloves pattern. You know, thumbs are not really on the side of your hand, they're kind of in front, only just a little, not really in front either. And you probably know they don't stick straight up like other fingers, they angle away from your palm. And they're not symmetrical, the palm side is bigger than the back side. These are the things that I think of at 3 in the morning when the baby's woken me up and I can't get back to sleep. I know, you'd think this would put most people back to sleep instantly. I'm a sewing nerd. :)
Gloves as we know them date back centuries and glovemaking is a time-honored profession. Creating this modern pattern, I felt like somewhat of a sassy interloper among glovers who use terms like "trank" and "fourchette". I studied techniques for glove patternmaking and looked at dozens of actual gloves and mittens (family of 5, we have a lot of gloves and mittens!) and found each had a slightly unique way of attaching the thumb piece. I took a blend of the best of all these approaches, stalked my family members and friends with a tape measure, and drafted a sewing pattern that has both a great fit AND is easy to sew. And best of all, I added a convertible mitten top so you can go from covered up to fashionably fingerless with the flip of a flap. You can find the fleece convertible fingerless glove/mitten pattern in my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/tiedyediva. It's a PDF download so you won't be waiting long to have toasty fingers.