Shortly before Christmas I found this free tutorial for Felt Mittens with Knitted Cuffs on the Purl Soho blog. Their site is a true treasury of ideas, inspirations and tutorials! I already have quite a lot of other things bookmarked that I want to try out. The mittens are a super quick project and perfect for a last minute handmade gift. Winter is not over yet, and I have the suspicion that another wave of cold will hit us soon (at least here in central Europe…). So why not making them for yourself or as a gift before the cold season is over? …especially because it’s an easy way of introducing some color in the grey weather.
This little project combines sewing and knitting, which makes it perfect in my view. The main part of the mittens is cut and sewn from a soft felted wool fabric, according to the free pattern from Purl Soho. The one that I used is a knit wool blend from Stoff und Stil, for the knitted cuffs I used a flashy green merino wool yarn to have a nice contrast with the grey fabric. I really like how you can play with textures and colors with this pattern.
The first row of stitches is sewn on with a tapestry needle. My yarn was thicker than the one in the tutorial, so I only used 40 stitches (10 on each needle). The soft merino makes the mittens really nice to wear, especially if you are sensitive to scratchy wool (like me).
After the first row is done, I knitted the cuffs in a simple 2×2 rib. But I am sure it would be nice in a 1×1 rib, or even with small cables! The possibilities are endless. As knitting the cuffs only uses up very little yarn this could be a great way of getting rid of some leftovers from other winter wardrobe projects, same goes for the fabric!
Project Summary (two pairs):
Pattern: Purl Soho, for free
Fabric: Stoff und Stil, 7€
Yarn: Lana Grossa, 6€