Another tutorial for the knitting impaired people!
This post was supposed to go up a few days ago, but my project got delayed when I couldn’t get my hands on any fleece fabric, the fabric stores were all out of it. I am going to go ahead and imagine that this sudden fleece shortage was due to my wrist warmer tutorial that I posted two weeks ago. Yes. I am that popular. Uhm…
Btw, I have a hot tip for you: If you ever feel like starting to mass-produce fleece accessories, buy this fleece blanket from IKEA! Shit, just think of how many wrist warmers/scarves/hats you could get out of that – and it costs like nothing!
To bad that throw doesn’t come in black or any fall/winter colours… I found some black fleece fabric yesterday though and was able to finish my mittens. And here’s how I did them!
The pattern I am using for this tutorial is based on a pair of old suede mittens from the 70’s. It has been modified to fit with double layers of fleece fabric. Yep, that’s right, I am going to use two layers of fabric, because you know – COLD OUTSIDE!!! *cries* :C
– So, the pattern is made for two layers of fleece fabric. It is also a bit big but I made it that way so that you can adjust the size yourself. I have marked out, in grey, on the pattern where these adjustments can be made.
– The patterns also has marks on it to show you where the different parts should go. The crescent moon should match up with the crescent moon, the star should match up with the star and the diamond shape should go where the diamond shape is found on the other parts. Yeah, you get it once you start sewing!
– The printable pattern is for the right hand. Just mirror it to make the left mitten. Also, for the front of the mittens, use the same part as the back – only leave out the cut out for the thumb.
– To leave some more room for adjustments, make the wrists a little bit longer than the pattern (couldn’t fit the whole thing in my scanner :P)
– Again, adjustments can be made in areas with grey marks.
Pattern should be fitted and printed on A4 paper.
These mittens are hand stitched, but I guess you could use a machine as well if you feel like it (I think it’s much easier to hand sew these actually).
Before you go on and cut into a fleece fabric, try out the pattern by making a prototype. I created the pattern by trial and error and used old cotton sheets to try things out.
For one mitten you need to cut out two front parts (use the back part for the front too but leave out the hole for the thumb), two back parts and two thumb parts.
Start out by stitching together the upper thumb part. Stitches should go down to the star marking on the pattern.
Then take the back parts of the mitten.
Attach the thumb to to it. Match the symbols with each other.
It’s a little bit tricky to attach the thumb, but take it slow and you should be fine!
Continue stitching all around the thumb part. The pattern is pretty exact, so the two parts should match each other, BUT, I find fleece fabric tend to stretch a bit, so it could happen that you don’t get a totally even result here. This doesn’t matter that much, but keep an eye on it and adjust it while you go. Once again, you should definitely do a prototype of the pattern before you move on to more serious business with the fleece fabric!
Once the thumb is properly attached the hardest part is done and you can now put together the rest of the mitten.
I recommend pinning together the back and front parts and try them on before sewing to make sure the mitten fits properly.
When you are done stitching, make the other mitten, be sure it’s mirrored – unless you have two right hands…
When the other mitten is finished, put the two next to each other and cut off the excess fabric.
I decided to just fold over the top and let that be.
They look pretty good huh? But they don’t photograph that well, so you will have to just trust me when I say they look better in real life.
I also decided to decorate my mittens with some cut out snowflakes. I found this website with different snowflake cut out-designs and got inspired!
I used some white felt for my snowflakes.
My next tutorial will probably be a foldable wool hat. If it’s not, It has failed miserably and I will never mention it again.