by Minnie Apolis
While winter is still a dim memory – or a tiny threat on a distant horizon – Minnie (that's moi) has taken the bull by the horns and is preparing for what is expected to be a snowy winter. To that end, I've finally started using up some scraps of polar fleece to make a pair of mittens and other items.
The mitten pattern is from FleeceFun.com online. The blogger kindly provides a range of sizes from children's up to women's and men's. (Just check under Adult Pattern and scroll down to Warm Fleece Mittens in Adult – oh heck, go direct to this link--- http://www.fleecefun.com/free-mitten-pattern.html --- and print out the tutorial, and click on a size to bring up the printable pattern pieces. There are also children's sizes on this same page in small, medium and large.)
The directions are pretty clear. The pattern pieces are very, very simple – just three large pieces for each mitten. I cut out the pieces for my size, and estimated where the wrist would be by laying my hand on the back piece – then I inked a line on the pattern piece where the wrist was. When I cut out the piece, I then cut a tiny notch at the wrist on the fleece pieces to give myself something to match up, front to back.
When it came time to sew on the elastic for the wrist, I had only to look for the notches, and zigzag stitch the elastic to an imaginary line running from notch to notch.
It would have helped to have dots on the pattern pieces to mark where the stitching around the thumb piece should end, but that is a minor quibble. It soon becomes clear where that stitching should end when you get to the point of sewing front to back; you can just sew that joining and then backtrack to finish up any unsewn thumb.
I zigzagged the seam allowance flat where it ran across the palm; it helped to pad the Mount of the Moon areas.
NOTE: I chose not to line my mittens with the cuddle fur or anything else – I think they will be warm enough for most trips to the grocery store and other errands.
I spent a LOT more time thinking about making these mittens than it took to actually make them. Many thanks to Angel Hickman Peterson who thinks up all these craft ideas and work out the patterns. She also has how-to material on YouTube under the FleeceFun name. Newer craft ideas on her site include lots of fleece hat patterns for Halloween or Christmas gifts. – I spied an assortment of farm animals, kitty, and monsters.