Simple Felted Wool Mittens
Winter weather brings up a lot of big questions: scarf or cowl? hot chocolate or coffee? And perhaps the most controversial of all: mittens or gloves? I am a mitten person. They keep your hands warmer than gloves; they are a cute classic shape; and on a personal note, they help with my New Year’s resolution to not text while walking! They are also exceptionally easy to sew for yourself, which is a big plus in my book.
Made with ultra soft and warm Mary Flanagan Felted Wool, my new Simple Felted Wool Mittens could not be easier to sew. They are based on my Felt Mittens with Knitted Cuffs, which have a clean and surprising construction that I’ve always wanted to explore again. This time around I dispensed with the knitting, making this version practically effortless: 6 pieces to cut and 6 seams, that’s it!
I used the beautiful undyed Mary Flanagan as a base and added a splash of color at the palm. This unexpected little burst serves to highlight the mitten’s unique assembly and classic shape that I love so much. -Molly
To make two women's sized medium mittens:
- two pieces of undyed white Mary Flanagan Felted Wool
- one piece of felted wool in a contrasting color. I used: Turquoise, Blue Spark, Astro Blue, and Old Crow
- 100% cotton thread in color 1040
- A Simple Felted Wool Mittens template, available for free download here, printed, taped together, and cut out as directed.
Note: If you'd like to make these a bit bigger add a 1/4-inch to the width of each template piece before you cut them out.
Cut out all of the pieces as directed on the temple. You will have:
- two mitten backs in white
- two writst pieces in white
- two palm pieces in the contrasting color
Mark the pieces as directed on the template.
Pin the thumb edge of one of the palm pieces to the thumb edge of one of the wrist pieces. Pin around the curve of the the thumb, stopping at the marking.
Pin the remaining palm piece and wrist piece together with the thumb facing the opposite direction as shown above.
Sew along the pinned edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stopping at the marked point.
Trim the seam allowance at the tip of the thumb to 1/8-inch and cut a few notches in it as shown above.
Repeat this for the second mitten.
The sewn together palm and wrist pieces will now be reffered to as the mitten fronts.
Pin the fronts to the back pieces, right sides together. Fold and pin the front piece's seam allowance down towards the wrist piece on the outside edge.
Pin open the seam allowance at the inside thumb edge of the front piece.
Sew the front and back pieces together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance along the entire arched side, leaving the bottom open.
You will sew over the open folded seam allowances at the thumb edge as shown above.
If you'd like to make sure the thumb edge is sewn correctly go ahead and turn the mitten right side out and look at the point where the three pieces meet. It should form a neat Y shape as sewn above. If it doesn't look like that go ahead and rip out that section of the seam and try again.
Once you're sure the thumb edge is sewn properly turn the mitten back inside out.
Pin and fold the bottom edge 1/4-inch toward the wrong side, with the side seam allowances open.
Top stitch the bottom hem down.
Cut several notches into the top curve of the mitten as shown above.
Turn the mittens right side out and you're all done!