Monday, December 28, 2009

Jane: Fleece Mitts Instructions

After I sent those crocheted mitts to my sister-in-law (btw, the pattern's in Fall 2009 Interweave Crochet, and the yarn is a Japanese silk/wool blend), I heard that my niece Anna always has cold hands and was eyeing them covetously :-) So I decided to send her and her sister Maggie a couple pairs of fleece mitts. They take practically no time at all to make, and I love the ones I made for myself.

And in case Anna and Maggie would like to make a pair--or anyone else, for that matter--here are the instructions.

scrap of fleece--at least 9"x20" or 18"x10." If you buy fleece you can get by with 1/4 or 1/3 yard.
1/4 inch elastic

Sewing machine
scissors or rotary cutter, ruler, and mat

Begin by cutting out two rectangles of fleece, 9"x10."

Sew these rectangles into tubes the long way, sewing along the 10" side.
Shape them by trimming off a triangle at the top. Measure down 2" on the side without the seam to find the angle.

Cut two pieces of elastic 5 1/2" long. Measure 2" up along the seamed side and pin one end there. Then pin the other end of the elastic to the top of the seam. It won't be long enough!

Sew the elastic along the seam with a zigzag stitch, stretching the elastic so it fits.

It might help to have a friend stretch the elastic while you put in some pins along the way first.

Lay out the gloves, with the elastics to the outside. Next, cut the pinky slits about 1/2" from the top right next to the elastic.

Trim off the pointy tops above the elastic.

Turn inside out and put them on! Your pinky goes through the slit on the bottom of the mitt.

You can fold up the cuffs if they are too long, or tuck them into your sweater or shirt.

Hey, don't forget to tidy up your workspace!

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