Millarmitts in Orvis Catalog circa 1968
Here’s a sporty wool knit glove style worth reviving. In my years of browsing outdoor clothing catalogs, I somehow overlooked what’s known as the Millarmitt (modern manufacturers have morphed the “a” to an “e”). According to catalog patter, the gloves are hand crocheted in the UK of silicone treated wool, with slip resistant cotton palms.
Millarmitts offered by Patagonia circa 1975
I understand that the Millarmitt is traditionally popular with technical climbers and fly fisherman. The fingerlessness provides extra dexterity and, even when wet, the wool will keep the hands warm. I’d wear these for cycling or walking the hound
. My use of a smart phone makes the fingerlessness extra appealing (no touch screen gloves at Archival).
Made to order Millarmitts from Chester Jeffries
Archival Finder Alan Woods located a modern source for Millarmitts in the UK, Chester Jeffries
(a company deserving of its own “shopping from” post). I have not verified that the gloves are still being knit by English women in their own homes.
For more on the history of Millarmitts, see John Crispin’s informative post.