InstructionsCreate 2 skeins ~20m long (or 1 full pattern repeat for matching mittens) for the hands, and 2 skeins ~3m long for the thumbs. (If you want matching thumbs, wait to see what part of the yarn you are up to before cutting these skeins.)
Work both mittens the same: It is easy to make identical alterations or work in stripes etc if you knit both at the same time.
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Traditional, Cute, Outdoorsy, Classic, Funky, Casual
Wendy "Happy" 4 ply (75% bamboo/25% nylon) [Tension: 36 rows & 28 sts to 10cm]; 3mm knitting needles; Darning needle to sew seams
What was your inspiration?
Winter is coming, E. has outgrown the thumbless newborn mitts and the shops only stock gloves for age 5+. I hope, having thumbs, she will be able to play wearing the mittens and won't keep pulling them off. We will see...
What are you most proud of?
Finishing in one day.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Knit in 8ply/DK and 4mm needles for a 12-18 month size.
I really like the matching mittens, but it wastes a bit of yarn making matching skeins and finding the right segment for the thumbs. I'm sure these would be cute in plain colours or self-patterning sock yarns, too.
You could crochet or plait or twist a cord to join the mittens and thread through the child's coat if you want. (In the land of no-central-heating, E. is using these indoors, so she won't be in a coat.)