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I tend to spin a lot of bulky singles. Our family is already clad in enough hats, so I needed some new knit items to pawn off on them. Mittens came to mind. Quick and easy! But bulky singles aren't the ideal yarn to make a pair of mittens out of, especially a pair that will last a Vermont winter! They will pill, and possibly not be the sturdiest things.

Logic told me to felt. Ideal. Sturdy, pretty water resistant, and they won't pill! For a nice finishing touch (and for function, since I perpetually lose things), on the wrists I added beautiful handmade glass buttons from Moving Mud, and loops on the cuffs. (These knit up very fast; it might have taken these longer to felt & sew the buttons on than to knit the mittens.) One could even skip the whole spinning process and knit with some pre-drafted roving. Talk about quick!

photo: Symeon North & Matt Belizi

S[L] Shown in size S; fits a small adult or large child

Before Felting
Length: approx. 13[15] inches
Circumference: approx. 12[14] inches

After Felting
Length: 8[9.25] inches
Circumference: 8[9.5] inches


Pippikneesocks Handspun [100% wool, 70yd/64m per 2.8oz/73.7g skein, 9 WPI, Bulky+ weight]; color: Lost Sailor; 2[3] skeins

1 set US #15/10mm double-point needles
1 set US #10/6mm double-point needles
Stitch markers
Split ring marker or safety pin
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Sewing thread
2 buttons


10 sts / 13 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st before felting


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]


Using larger needles, CO 28[34] sts.
Divide evenly between needles and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. After a few rounds have been worked, place split ring marker or safety pin in work to indicate beginning of round.
K 10 rounds.

Thumb Gusset
Round 1: M1, k1, m1, place marker, k to end.

Round 2
: K all sts.
Round 3: M1, k to marker, m1, slip marker, k to end.
Repeat these 2 rounds 3[4] times more. 38[46] sts.  

K 1 round.
Next Round: Place first 11[13] sts of round on hold on waste yarn; remove marker and k to end of round. 27[33] sts.
K 10[12] rounds.

Shape Top of Mitten:
Round 1: [K7[9], k2tog, place marker] 3 times. 24[30] sts.

Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 3 times.
Repeat these 2 rounds 5[7] times more. Break yarn, draw through last 6 sts and pull tight.

Place held sts of thumb on larger double-point needles and rejoin yarn.
Round 1: K all sts, pick up and k 2 sts in space between thumb sts and hand, pick up and k 1 st in hand of mitten, pick up and k 2 sts in space between hand and thumb sts. 16[18] sts.
K 7[9] rounds.

Shape Top of Thumb:
Round 1: [K2, k2tog] 4 times, k0[2]. 12[14] sts.
Rounds 2 & 4: K all sts.
Round 3: [K1, k2tog] 4 times, k0[2]. 8[10] sts.
Round 5: [K2tog] 4[5] times.
Break yarn, draw through remaining sts and pull tight.

At desired point, using smaller circular needle, pick up and k 1 st in edge of mitten.
Work this st in stockinette st until work measures 6 inches.
Break yarn, draw through st and pull tight.
Sew yarn tail into cuff of mitten next to picked-up st, forming a loop.



Weave in ends.  

Felt Mittens:
Set washing machine to hot setting and fill for small load.  
Place mittens in machine with a small amount of detergent, and an old pair of jeans (or some other heavy article of clothing), to help provide agitation for felting process.
Run through cycle, checking intermittently until bag reaches desired size.
Remove from machine and rinse.
Shape mittens as desired, then lay flat and allow to dry completely.
Sew on buttons.


Symeon Noth lives with her family in the wilds of Vermont. By day she runs her online yarn shop, whist performing jobs such as short order cook, story teller, nurse, judge and jury, teacher, juggler and all round corraller of children. By night she has been known to drink beverages of fermented grapes and lift elephants over her head.

You can visit her blog where she documents it all.