Upcycling – Fingerless Mittens

It’s getting a little late in the season for fingerless mittens, but to round out the post that already ran about Chloe’s sweater, I thought I’d close the loop.  The previous post was about upcycling a felted sweater.  I cut the sleeves into three-quarter length and then had about 5 inches of cuff and lower sleeve to turn into fingerless mittens.

I cut a hole where I wanted the thumb to go and used a button to cinch in the wrist.  The design is needle felted by taking strands of wool, twisting them a little and then poking a barbed needle into it what seems like one million times.  It works best if you have something underneath such as a thick sponge.  Chloe discovered that a curry brush for a horse works well too.

Just to explain the photo a little, one hand is facing up, the other down so that you can see both sides.

With lots more ideas for those wool sweaters hanging out in the barn.

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Knitting – Fingerless Mittens

While the idea of making all of my Christmas gifts by hand sounds alternately like a bucolic scene in Little House on the Prairie and an over achiever on steroids, I still love the idea of it.  These hand warmers were easy to make and were perfect for the mountain of leftover yarn that is exploding out of the "guest bedroom."  It could easily be called the craft room. 

The pattern for these mittens is in Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick, one of my top three knitting books. 

Maybe we can make these on our Knitting Cruise this fall

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