We’ve had some actual winter weather lately and supposedly, we have snow on the way. Like a hefty amount of snow. But until it happens, it’s just speculation so we’ll shall see. :)
I have been sitting on this post for a while. Not sure why it’s taken so long but I finally put together.
Love Bug’s store-bought mittens didn’t fit very well. They didn’t stay on her hands very well and the mittens themselves weren’t very long which made a large gap between the bottom of the mittens and her coat cuff. Kind of a cold bummer for snow play.
After doing a bit of mitten mock-ups, I wasn’t happy with what I was making. Then my mom told me that my aunt K had made double-layered mittens for her whole family for Christmas. She graciously passed along the pattern link and answered a bunch of my questions. Thanks Aunt K!
I used this pattern. It doesn’t require much fabric and all the fleece options make the possibilities endless. You can adjust it to fit big people and little people and everyone in between.
The most time consuming part of this project is figuring out the pattern. The pattern parts from the site aren’t perfect and require adjustments. Here are a couple of tips I have for making your pattern:
-Make the two palm/thumb pattern pieces 1/4 inch longer. So instead of the two pieces lining up perfectly and laying perfectly on the back-of-the-hand piece, they should, when lined up, be 1/2 inch longer than the back. Does that make sense? Because the two palm/thumb pieces are sewn together with a 1/4 inch inseam, the extra length with make everything line up.
-To make the double-sided mittens fit together better, make an ‘inner’ mitten pattern and an ‘outer’ mitten pattern. The ‘outer’ pattern should be slightly bigger. If the patterns are the same, the inner lining with be bunched up.
-For my grown-up version, I added between 1-1.5 inches at the bottom of the mitten. I like the extra length so there is no gap between the bottom of the mitten and the coat sleeve. If we ever get snow, I will be a phenomenal snowball fighter. Watch out MJ.
First, make the pattern, an inner mitten and an outer mitten. I even made a couple of mock-ups just to make sure things fit just right; fit on the hands and fit layered together.
My mitten model didn’t feel like modeling.
After making mittens for Love Bug, I wanted some for myself. MJ has asked for some as well. They are warm!
The classy pair. Black, lined with a white, black and gray patterned fleece.
Here’s the link for the mittens again.
Here’s to warm hands.