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Sunday
Jan132013

Molly's Sketchbook: 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

 

The Materials

To make two women's sized medium mittens:

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.

Cutting

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.

Sewing

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!

Reader Comments (7)

Simply gorgeous!
I love their elegant looks while seeming to be very practical and robust!
Do you think these can alternatively be made with broadcloth instead of felted wool?
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViviane
Sorry, I forgot one more question:
I have very small hands (I usually shop gloves and mittens in the kids section)
So, does your "add 1/4 inch" for bigger sizes work in the other direction too?
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViviane
Hi Viviane-

They will probably work with broad cloth. My only concern would be that they wouldn't have enough elasticity to get over your wrist comfortably. (This felted wool has a lot of elasticity.) But it would be worth a try. You might want to cut them on the bias?

The only other thing is that you should zig zag stitch all of the raw seams inside of the mitten.

If you have very small hands I would just print the templates at 90 or 95% instead of making them thinner.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!
Molly
January 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Cute!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosie
I used a similar pattern to make mittens. I made two pairs out of coordinating fleece and used one as outeside of mitten and other as inside lining. I made the lining longer at wrist to fold over for a cuff. I get many complements on them.
October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Hello. I love this mittens. They look pretty! I was wondering how thick is this wool felt? If I make with white felt then I can see my fingers...Thank you in advance. x
December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRin
Hi Rin-

This actually isn't wool felt. It's felted wool which means that it's a woven wool fabric that has been washed and shrunk until it's felted. So it doesn't have a thickness (eg: 1mm) like the regular felt. We recommend the felted wool because it is very soft and fluffy and flexible.

Thank you!

Molly
December 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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