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Fingerless mitts:

Left mitt

Using DK yarn and needles size 11 (UK size) cast on 44 stitches and work 16 rows in K1, P1 rib 
Change to needles size 10 and work 8 rows st st

Shape thumb gusset:
Row 1 - K20, m1, K1, m1 K to end of row
Row 2 - and alt rows - purl
Row 3 - K20, m1, K3, m1 K to end of row
Row 5 - K20 m1, K5, m1, K to end
Continue to increase like this until there are 13 sts between the increases ending with a wrong side row. [58 sts]

Row 1 - K20 inc in next stitch K13, inc in next st, turn
Next row  - Purl 17 turn.
Working on these 17 sts only and using size 11 needles work 6 rows of K1, P1 rib and then cast off ribwise leaving a tail of yarn for sewing up.

Rejoin yarn to base of thumb and with RS facing work across the rem of row [43 sts]
Cont in st st until you have worked 32 rows of st st in all.
Work 8 rows of K1 P1 rib using the size 11 needles.  Cast off ribwise

Right mitt
Work as left mitt but working 23 sts instead of 20 when working the thumb gusset.
Sew up thumb and side seam using mattress stitch but taking as narrow a seam as possible.

Abbreviation: m1 means to make a stitch by picking up horizontal yarn between the stitches and knitting into the back of it.  I am taking it you will all know the usual abbreviations?

I got this pattern from a Simply Knitting magazine but have adjusted it as my first pair were too wide and the rib welt seemed not long enough and I find my adaptation is more comfortable.  I cannot give quantities as it will depend on your yarn but I got two pairs of these from one 100 gm ball and 3 from a 100gm ball of slightly finer acrylic mix DK. 

Crochet shawl

Ch 8, join with a dc to first st in ch to form a circle
Row1 - Ch 6, work 1 dcin circle, ch 4, 1 dc in circle
Row 2 - Ch 6 and turn, Work 1 dc in first loop, ch 4, 1 dc in next loop, ch 4 and work 1 dc in same loop
Row 3 - Ch 6 and turn, Work 1 dc in first loop, * ch 4 1 dc in next loop*.  Repeat from * to * across.  Ch 4 and work 1 dc back into last loop.
Repeat row 3 till shawl reaches required size  - you can try it on as you progress!
Last row As Row 3 but making only 2 ch between loops (I found this worked better as otherwise the last few rows stretch too much and you lose the triangular shape.)

Note: UK crochet terms used if you are across the pond you will need to substitute sc for dc!
Hope this all makes sense

You can use any type of yarn for this and whatever size crochet hook seems appropriate.  For the mohair I used a fairly large hook to give it a light airy effect but it could easily be done as a thicker more solid  fabric using a smaller hook and thicker yarn - use whatever you have to hand!