Here are the promised mittens–Quaker mittens because they’re “plain, but of the best,” you know? Wool, in a Quakerly black–although gray or khaki would also be suitable–with a nice long rib, thumb gusset, and Nordic-style decreases. They’re knitted in Heel Stitch*, a sturdy, long-wearing slip stitch pattern that gives the mittens a little texture and some extra warmth.
I was raised a Friend–and even, disastrously, clerked our local Monthly Meeting for a while, so I feel entitled to borrow the name for these mittens. If you would like the pattern, I have a tidy little .pdf all made up, but can’t seem to get it to post here. So post a comment if you want to give these a whirl while I’m figuring out the technicalities!
*There is a Quaker Stitch, a modified brioche, but it would be way too loose for mittens. There’s also a Quaker Welt, which is asymmetrical stripes of knit and purl.