World’s Simplest Mittens
My friend Rosie just finished a set of mitts made with Cascade 220 Superwash Wave and I think they’re really cool! She used one skein to make all three mitts with the World’s Simplest Mittens pattern (a freebie from the lovely ladies at Tin Can Knits, she made a size Women’s Medium). Why three? Why not?! There was more than enough yarn left to make a third, and you inevitably always misplace or lose one mitten. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool, having three mitts that match but aren’t exactly alike – it’s like having extra wardrobe options!
The pattern is excellent; a basic mitten knit in the round. It is very straightforward, well written, and the instructions (like all of the Tin Can Knits patterns) are easy to read and follow. It is written for sizes Toddler to Adult Large, and accommodates four different sizes of yarn (fingering, DK, worsted and chunky weight).
Alternatives to DPNs
If you don’t like making mitts because you don’t enjoy using double pointed needles, you might want to try using the new Addi Flexi-flip needles – they’re a great alternative to traditional double pointed needles (Rosie has been using hers since they first came out, and she’s become a convert, despite not having a huge issue with double points to begin with). You could also try using Chaigoo’s 9″ circular needles (you can get them as singles, or if you really like them invest in their interchangeable set) but you will still have to finish the thumb on double pointed needles.
Knit Hack: Matching the Thumbs
Sometimes matching the thumb to the rest of the mitten is tricky with yarns that change colours in stripes or as a gradient. This is because you knit the body of the mitten first, and then go back and do the thumb last – the colourway will have changed by the time you go back to do the thumb. You can see this in the centre mitten in the image above.
If you want your thumb to match the mitten better, wind off a little bit of yarn after you’ve put the thumb gusset on hold, and before proceeding with the body of the mitt. You won’t need a lot of yarn (maybe 5m of worsted weight yarn?), it doesn’t take much to knit a thumb. When you go back to finish the thumb you can use the yarn you wound off and your thumb will blend in beautifully.
Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits
Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. This kit can also be used to make Thrummed Socks (great as house-socks or slippers)! Each kit is individually hand-dyed, no two will be exactly alike. Kit does not include needles: 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles are required.
- Pattern & instructions (or you can download them free HERE)
- Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran, 125g (100% wool)
- Roving: 60g (100% wool)
- Sizes included: Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.
Really Quick Mitts
This pattern is one of our oldies but goodies, but sometimes you just need something fast and simple (actually, it’s one of the most popular freebies on our website). One skein of Malabrigo Rasta makes a pair of glorious mittens!
- Malabrigo Rasta: 1 skein
- 9mm double pointed needles
- 3 Jumbo Stitch markers
- Small Stitch holder or scrap yarn
- tapestry or darning needle
- FREE Pattern
Really Quick Mitts
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel the holiday pressure – only two weeks away! Don’t worry, it’s doable, you just need to shift your focus to projects that work up fast with thick yarns. We designed the Really Quick Mitts a few years ago for just this purpose, and they’re still going strong!
Photos: Jessica Rhea & ohdessa
Braided Hat & Mitts
Another great freebie that would make a wonderful gift! It’s knit in bulky yarn, so it won’t take too long to whip up a set. I think the hat would look perfect topped with a fur pom-pom.
One skein of each of these yarns should be enough for a hat or pair of mitts, get two for the set (except for Cascade Eco, you only need 1 for a set):
- FREE Pattern
- 5mm/US8-16″ circular needles
- 6.5mm/US10.5-16″ circular needles
- 5mm/US8-16″ double pointed needles (for mittens)
- 6.5mm/US10.5 double pointed needles
- cable needle
- tapestry needle
- scrap yarn or small stitch holders
These mitts are super cool and perfect for the person who likes something funky and original. They use affordable Cascade 220 (for substitutes see below), and are a great way to make use of leftovers you have kicking around. You’ll need 50g or the main colour (grey in the picture above), and 15 to 20g of the other 6 colours.
OK, there are only 5 weeks until the holidays – time to get down to business! These mitts make a great gift, anyone would love their simple, classic look, and they only use one skein of affordable Cascade 220. If you think they might end up in the wash consider using a superwash yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash, Berroco Vintage, or Malabrigo Rios.
One skein of any of these yarns will do: