One of my very first projects after a garter scarf was a pair of fingerless mittens. They were knit flat and seamed on the side, leaving an opening for the thumb.
I loved them. I had made them all by myself and they actually fit AND they looked good...I was very proud. That being said, I never really wore them that much. They were a cheap scratchy acrylic with no give so they weren't ideal. Looking at the pattern projects on Ravelry now, the pattern looks so much nicer in a lighter, softer, yarn. Maybe I'll revisit this pattern in the future with a nicer yarn.
I decided to make a "finer" pair of fingerless mittens. I saw this pattern from Courtney Spainhower on Very Pink Knits and decided I'd give it a shot. VeryPink also has a great YouTube video that covers the pattern.
These turned out great. They're well fitted, colourful, and comfy. I haven't quite decided if I'll keep or gift but either way, I'm happy with how they turned out.