My favorite article of clothing, aside from MC Hammer pants, is the classic SWEATER. I love sweaters. All seasons, all fibers, all styles. Ever since the beloved purchase of my first Esprit sweater in 1983, my love for all-things-knitted has evolved into quite the collection of crewnecks, cardigans, and wraps.
So, HOW EXCITED was I when “felting” became the latest rage in knitting/crafting several years ago?! I certainly had a collection of felted sweaters that were never intended to be munchkin size, so creating purses, bracelets, cell phone holders, etc. from my (hot water) laundry mistakes was a fashionable reincarnation for my felted sweater stash. I quickly accumulated an entire line of thick, wooly accessories with the help of my sewing machine and hand-stitching.
Last summer, I stumbled (literally) upon a fabulous NEW use for felted material during a weekend getaway to Iowa. While at a HUGE (and oh-so-awesome) farmer’s market, I was shoved (by an over-zealous tomato connoisseur) into a vendor display of…..recycled felted sweater MITTENS! Oh, the joy! They were colorful, cozy, and CREATIVE – everything I ever wanted in a mitten. I immediately bought a pair and had visions of renewed life for boxes of sweaters at home.
So, the pattern below is my interpretation of the mittens I “bumped into”, and it’s super easy and can quickly be modified for all hand sizes. I did not consider how bulky, er, “cozy” the mittens would be with the fleece lining, so my first pair was quite difficult to get on my hands as I didn’t allow for the double layer of wool / fleece. Overcompensating on my second pair, they were large enough to fit Yetti. The attached pattern file is an adult LARGE. You can make them smaller to fit a child’s hand, or larger to fit your family giant;
- Download mitten pattern here: Felted Wool Mitten Pattern_Adult Large
- From felted wool, cut 2 of each pattern piece for the OUTSIDE of the mittens. If there is an identifiable right / wrong side, then make sure you cut mirror images of the two palm top pieces and two palm bottom pieces. **Note: On the mittens pictured, I used two different fabrics for the mitten palm…. in a yin/yang “opposing” design. In all honesty, It got very confusing as I pieced / sewed it together. But, I like the finished product!
- From the fleece (or whatever fabric) lining, cut 2 pieces of each pattern piece, again, being mindful of fabric with obvious right / wrong sides.
- Sew the palm/thumb seam for each mitten (wool).
- Sew the top of mitten to the palm, stitching around the outside edge (leave bottom open).
- Repeat the sewing steps for palm / outside edge for the fleece lining.
- Insert the lining INTO the outside mitten, WRONG sides together (the right side of the mitten will out outside, just as it will look when finished.
- Stay stitch the outside mitten to lining at the bottom edge (this is optional, however I find it’s much easier to sew the ribbing onto the mitten opening if the staystitch is in place).
- Cut ribbing to fit the bottom opening / edge. I like to use the cuffs from sweaters……their usually ribbed for a snug fit on the wrist opening, and there is no seam to sew. If you are not using a ready-made recycled sweater cuff, then sew the cuff seam closed to form a “circle” that will fit around wrist opening. Place the cuff INSIDE of the mitten lining so the raw edges of the cuff, lining, and mitten are even. You will sew through ALL THREE thicknesses to secure the cuff on the mitten.
- Turn the cuff to the outside and fold up around outside mitten. The cuff seam will be hidden after the cuff is folded up, however you can secure the cuff to the outside of the mitten with a cute button.
And there you have it! A pair of cozy, cute, and CREATIVE mittens! These make great gifts and keep those “too-small-out-of-style-moth-eaten-sweaters” alive!