Project: Sweater Mittens

It got cold enough to need mittens here in Northern California. Imagine THAT! And we did not have any. So in no time flat, I made some from a beautiful felted Merino wool sweater.
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You can do these mittens too. In less than an hour.

Sweater Mittens

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Supplies:

  • felted material (a sweater, or fleece…) The sweater I used was a felted merino wool sweater. I purchased it for pennies at a thrift store. It was already felted. (I am SO proud that I did not felt this sweater in a tragic accident.) The tag in the sweater reads XXL, so that is the section where it was hanging, but always have a look. It was never going to sell in off the rack because the sweater was actually super small.
  • thread
  • paper
  • pen
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread)


Instructions
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Trace the model’s hand onto paper, and cut the paper out. (This step gets easier, the older the model gets.)
For my small model, I could cut the mitten out of the sleeve.
Sleeve with cut out
So I got the perfect amount of cuff on each mit.
Cut out the hand from the pattern you traced. Leave extra room, and a little for seam allowance. (tip: make the thumb stick out as far as possible. It will give you a smoother finish when you turn it inside out.)
Sew around the outside.
Turn the piece inside out
sewn mit
Press the mittens lightly to help smooth out the rounded corners.
finished sweater Mittens
Go ice skating and wear the mittens!
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7 Comments to Project: Sweater Mittens
    • marlene
    • Super cute mitts! Great color. So much fun to skate. Lived at the 10 Street rink for years, when my boys played hockey. Every city we visited out came the skates back when they were small. Fun times. Hope your skating with her.

      • Susi
      • Marlene, I went the first couple of times, but the lessons are “all by herself”. I love skating though. ! And, I also LOVE watching the lessons. They are SO BRAVE. And my daughter is so animated, I feel like I am on the ice with her. (just warmer)

    • Barb
    • Thank you for this post. I recently bought a beautiful “felted” hand embroidered sweater set at a thrift store & I had no idea what I was going to do with it (it was so gorgeous I knew I’d find something). Now, I know, I’m going to make myself a pair of beautiful mittens. I have a couple of other plain felted sweaters that I’ve picked up at thrift stores as well so I’ll be busy making mittens from them also.

    • Barb
    • I just had a thought, the mittens I make out of the plain felted sweaters would be good liners for my husband’s mittens that he uses when shoveling in -23F Minnesota weather.

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