Mittens with Knitted Cuffs

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.

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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.

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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).

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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€
Total: 13€

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