Brit is “the minute yellow substance upon which the Right Whale largely feeds.”

Brit was inspired by Melville’s description of a pod of Right Whales feeding by straining the brit from the water through the filtering plates in their mouths, their tails emerging and cutting a path through the sea. Just as Melville uses the subject of brit to contrast the sea and land, the colors I’ve chosen for the fingered and fingerless samples invoke the depth and darkness of the sea and the warmth and light of the land, respectively, for how can one choose a color to represent such a dichotomy? As Melville writes, “…consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?”


Fingerless Gloves:

180 yds fingering weight yarn.

Sample shown in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sock (fingering weight; 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 372 yds/115g per skein) in Spanish Coin.


280 yds fingering weight yarn.

Sample shown in Skein Yarns Merino/ Cashmere Fingering (fingering weight; 80% Merino, 20% cashmere; 437 yds/100g per skein) in Kaffir Lime.

Set of 4 size 2 (2.75mm) double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge Cable needle

5 stitch markers

2 stitch holders or waste yarn to hold unworked stitches

Yarn needle

Skills Used

Working the round; working simple cables from a chart; picking up stitches; basic increases and decreases


To fit palm circumference (the distance around the widest part of the hand, just below the knuckles) 7 to 9 inches. The fabric of the gloves has a lot of stretch, and the gloves are meant to fit with negative ease. For larger sizes, work gloves on size 3 (3.25mm) needles.

Finished Measurements

7 inches around palm

Length is customizable


26 sts and 42 rnds = 4 inches in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.