My Mittens Are Done!

By , February 28, 2012


Remember the single felted wool mitten I showed you a couple weeks ago? Well now there are two! They’re finished and I love them. (Just in time for… Spring. Hah! Oh well.)

I still might embellish them a little using the pretty nordic ribbon and buttons from the original sweater they were made from, but I also might just leave them as is. I like their simplicity. Actually, I’m really proud of these mittens. I’ve never made anything like them before so it was a slow project, and one I wouldn’t necessarily care to repeat, but I’m really happy with how they came out. They fit beautifully and they’re so warm! Apart from my time, they cost next to nothing since all the materials came from the thrift store.

They have three layers made from two different felted sweaters plus an inner lining of really soft white fleece. They’re so cozy and luxurious; I wish you could feel them!

They’re made from the sleeves of these sweaters:


Do you ever make stuff from felted wool sweaters? I really like the concept — it’s so easy and cheap — the knitting has been done for you already, and you can so easily get used sweaters from the thrift store for such little money!

If you’ve ever done something like this before, please leave a comment and tell me what you made! I’d love to get some other project ideas — maybe something that’s a little simpler than 3-layer mittens. 😉


6 Responses to “My Mittens Are Done!”

  1. Trish says:

    It’s such a great idea.
    I made a book cozy ( large rectangle, stitched the edges, left enough at the top for a flap, applied button and made a button hole ) for a friend once, from a felted wool sweater. I put a book in it…she loves to read and takes a book everywhere with her…so now her books are protected in a little wooly case!
    Much love
    I’d like to try some other projects.

  2. They turned out wonderful Lindsey!! I love them. Glad your hands will be nice and cozy. 🙂
    I’m so glad you are enjoying The Dirty Life. It makes me smile thinking about you reading it.
    I have a fun project with felted sweaters that I will share soon.

    Love to you!

    P.S. Every time you leave me a comment it brightens my day so much

  3. hope rice says:

    they look great! do you have a pattern?? I’ve not seen ones made this way and I really like them?

  4. Lindsey says:

    Hi Hope,
    Well, the pattern doesn’t exist…. I just made them up as I went along, measuring my hands and guessing. It took FOREVER, it would have been quicker to just invent the wheel. I swore I wouldn’t do a project like that ever again because it took so long, but now a couple years later, they still look good as new because they’ve held up so well, they’re warm, I get compliments on them, and I feel proud that I made them myself. The pain has been forgotten and now I’m just really enjoying the mittens. So, all to say “No Pattern, Darn!!”

  5. hope rice says:

    way too sad! I’ll continue designing my own! send one to me when the other gets lost and I’ll send you a pattern!

  6. Lindsey says:

    Hey cool! I bet yours will turn out great. Actually, mine are a little too big and so that is one thing I’d change if I were to repeat the project. A little smaller, not so long.

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