Yes, I know, it’s still summer and who would even think about knitting mittens now in this… well, not heat exactly but – you know – kind of summer-y weather? Raise your hands if you would. Ha! There you go, I knew it! Well, I would, too. Because winter is coming certainly. And with it the cozy, frosty and christmassy season that requires an awful lot of knitting. And warmth.
So why not start knitting your winter garments right away? You’ll need to prepared, right? Also, Christmas is almost around the corner and it always catches me by surprise. So instead of starting last-minute gifts as usual I made these lovely mittens just to be prepared 🙂 And, oh, I wrote down the pattern for them, too, so you don’t need to go unprepared, either 🙂
Here it is, my brand new pattern for your new favourite mittens:
These convertible mittens are not only practical but make a fun accessory and toy at the same time! And who said that only kids should have fun? Make them in any size you like and start monster-ing away!I really like having convertible mittens in winter, as I feel much more flexible with a finger flap. You can even add a thumb flap as in my Convertibles mittens with thumb flap pattern, but as the ones I made here are intended for kids I made them without thumb flap.
I made four pairs so far from my own hand-dyed Mumpitz Bamboo yarn and used all four available colourways, because as always I couldn’t quite decide which one to use. So I used them all. Sigh. I guess my nephews and sons (and myself, hehe) won’t go with cold hands this year!
I was just thinking that I should probably make a shark out of a blue pair at some point. Wouldn’t that be fun, too? I think the next pair will eat up a few of my leftovers to get a stripy look 🙂
My test knitters had a lot of fun with this pattern, too, and made these lovely monsters from it.
The pattern uses following techniques:
- knits and purls in rounds and rows,
- simple increases and decreases,
- cast on and cast off stitches
- picking up stitches
What you need:
- 30-40g (depending on size) fingering yarn, for example Mumpitz Bamboo (400m/100g) or Mumpitz Merino (400m/100g) in your favourite colours.
- 5-6g in a contrasting colour for spikes
- 2-3g of white for teeth and eyes
- leftover in black for pupils
- 5double pointed needles 2.5 or 3mm
- Tapestry needle to sew in ends
You can make these mittens with any fingering or even sport weight yarn you like and in any size. I will not give exact measurements as every knitter knits differently and every
hand is different, too, so please make a swatch before starting the mittens and see how many st you‘ll need to be sure they will fit you exactly. Approximates are given as is a size table for different sizes.
Thank you to my wonderful test knitters Binle, SiNessi, Sylie, kathinka14, ariadne4, urmare and Strickhummel2108 and Suzieqtee for proof reading!!!