Winter has finally arrived here in JustCraftSh*tland, and my dear, clueless husband finally witnessed why I wanted to get the 5-year-old mittens instead of gloves. (How the heck do kids turn various parts of their body into limp spaghetti at the most inopportune moments?!) So, quickie mittens to the rescue!
I used *this* free pattern from Red Heart, just a basic mitten that worked up very quickly with Red Heart Super Saver yarn (durable and cheap, let’s face it – he is five – I’d be surprised if he didn’t lose or destroy them in the coming week) and a J/10 hook. But, as all people with grandmas who knit them warm things for winter know – wind and wet go through yarn FAST, and these need to be snowball proof. I decided to use leftover fleece to line the mittens.
Here’s what I used:
- mittens I crocheted
- a small amount of fleece
- sewing machine
- hand needle
And here’s what I did:
Flatten the mitten on top of a double layer of fleece and cut around the mitten with about 1/4 inch extra. Notice that the cuff of the mitten overhangs the fleece – this was intentional, so the long cuff can be folded up if Mr. Spaghetti Fingers wants. This is what I ended up with:
Now it’s time to sew. I used a machine, but hand sewing works fine, too. Remember not to sew the wrist closed!
Stuff the fleece lining inside the mitten. A Sharpie was helpful, because I couldn’t get *my* hands inside the mitten to match up the thumb.
I folded back the wrist of the fleece to hide the unfinished edge between it and the mitten:
And hand sewed the lining to the mitten (the mitten cuff is folded back).
I know, you can’t see his limp noodle appendages, but I assure you, they are there. And now they will be warm (at least until he loses the mittens. *sigh*).