The simple definition is that a
mitten is a glove
without individual finger openings. The mitten is a type of glove with
One section for the thumb and the second section for the remaining four fingers
(or few fingers for some carpenters).
Mittens are sometimes referenced
simply as mitts. This type of glove comes in a wide variety of fabric
choices. They can be knit by your grandmother or come in special high
that take advantage of technological advancements in textiles. Either way,
the primary goal of our mittens is to keep our fingers warm and dry in cold
Are mittens warmer than gloves?
If we are comparing apples to apples to make sure that
all things are equal such as fabric quality, thickness, insulation properties,
etc. wearing mittens are warmer than gloves. The reason is that mitts trap body
heat by keeping your fingers together and reducing evaporative heat loss. If
the wearer is stuck in an extremely cold environment and does not need full
dexterity at the moment, it is sometimes a good idea to pull the thumb into the
main section of the glove to join in the warm fun with the other fingers.
In frigid temperatures, a layered mitt system is the best choice for warmth.
A mitten is much more than simply a garment to keep our
hands warm. Many people are blessed with memories of their caring parents
giving them mittens to wear for sled riding adventures and building a snowman
after those big snowstorms. We also may have pleasant memories of wearing
mittens during our snow ball fights with friends & family. Mittens
provide many good memories for many people around the world (those of us that
live in cold climates).
When looking to purchase mittens, we suggest you
investigate waterproof fabrics.
We love mittens. Do you?
and winter boots
By the way, we understand that cooks also have mitts.
Now that you fully understand mittens that keep your
hands warm, you may want to also learn about knit
hats to keep your head from freezing.
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