Monday, January 27, 2014

Warm Woolen Mittens

This should be the last of my Christmas Craft posts, but I saved the best for last! The boy loves some mittens that I have, and we could never find anything like them. My mittens are super warm, and also rather large, so the boy calls them pancake mittens.

Anyway, I decided to make him some mittens instead. Other than being as warm and large as mine, they don't have much else in common. In fact, I think these are better. For starters, they have a flap over the fingers so you don't have to keep taking them on and off all the time.

I used this tutorial to make the mittens. I used a heavier yarn (the same yarn I used to make my dad's hat) because I wanted them to be really warm. 

I know with crocheted type things, it's really common for the wind to go right through them, but we have experience with this yarn being really warm. Last year, I made the boy this hat using the 5 and 6 oz yarn.

So I knew when I made the mittens I wanted them to match in addition to them being warm. Even though I used a heavier weight yarn, I still ended up following the tutorial pretty closely for two reasons. One, he has large hands. Two, I also wanted to add a lining inside to help even further on cutting out any wind.

You might also note, I didn't make individual finger holes. I stuck with the mitten feel, not the glove. But they turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Here's a pic of the flannel lining. For this, I took some tips from this post, but in the end, I just measured the pieces, sewed them together, then sewed them into the mitten. I used the sewing machine for all the steps because I'm not an accomplished hand sewer.

I like them so much, I might have to make myself a pair. They're a fair amount of work, but I think they're worth it.