Friday, October 19, 2012

No-knittin' Mittens...

It's mitten season!  The days here can be so nice and sunny one minute and freezy-cold the next so one must carry her mittens in her coat pockets. The Littles especially need extra-warm mitts and they are hard to come by, but not any more!  This no-knit granny has found a way to make cozy mittens with old sweaters and polar fleece.

I was nosing about in The Bakery the other day and found some lovely mittens made with felted wool sweaters.  They were beautiful and warm and seemed fairly uncomplicated so I decided to try my luck with making some myself.  I bought a bit of fleece from Annie and a couple of wool-blend sweaters from the thrift store and went home to find a pattern and some instructions.

I found a couple resources:  here and here.  I immediately made my first pair (gray with green fleece trim) and then moved on to my second pair (blue snowflake with red palms) and then decided I needed to make the Littles a pair.  I didn't have a small pattern, but just traced around a child-sized mitten and made a pattern just like the ones in the tutorials only smaller.  The pink stripe mittens should fit the yearlings, Toodles and Bee, and the gray with pink trim will fit Peach who is four years old.  Such fun! 

One note:  some of my sweaters did not shrink down as well as I thought they would, but I cut them up anyway and they worked just fine for this project.  I think you could also make mittens from old polar fleece shirts and blankets too.  Wouldn't the mittens make nice Christmas gifts? 

10 comments:

  1. Jody, these are SO cute! I love them. You get so much done. . . :-)

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  2. This is a great idea. And I do think they would make lovely Christmas gifts!

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  3. What a very good idea this is! A nice re-purposing for sure!

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  4. Those look great, Jody, and how quick and easy! Great job :) I know you'll be so glad to have them all through the winter.

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  5. those are adorable! if a sweater is wool and non animal fibers, it won't totally felt...both fibers must be animal...wool, alpaca, angora, etc.

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  6. I have quite a few old on-purpose-shrunken sweaters around and this is a great idea for making use of them. Yours came out really cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Why do I knit mittens and knit mittens when I can make these? Great pattern! I'll use this for sure. It's shocking how many felted wool sweaters I have in my house- Shocking. Wool is my addiction.

    Thanks so much, Jody!

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  8. How dang cute are these. I love upcycling and this is wonderful resuse of a sweater!!! xox Clarice

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  9. These are adorable Jody! Thanks for sharing your resources - I think these would make super fun Christmas gifts!

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