October 28, 2011

Kitty Mittens!

It is finally starting to cool off in Texas. Where high 50s might be warm for many parts of the country, it is positively freezin' in the Lone Star State. I am one of those people who can never be warm in winter, even with the heater going! With fingers rapidly freezing into icicles as I type, some hand-warmers might be nice, I think to myself. Naturally they have to be fingerless, so as to not hinder my work, but long enough to cover about a third of my fingers, cover my palm and enough of my wrist to tuck into a sleeve.

Hunting around for free patterns I found this one here by Suzetta Williams. Didn't look like much, which made me think it would get the job done perfectly. This pattern whipped up in about 2 hours total! FAST! I only changed the pattern slightly since after the pattern's 16 rows I didn't think they would fit all the way around my hands. I have a feeling it is because I was using a smaller hook than recommended, so I increased the rows to 20. To finish, rather than simply sew the first and last row I slip stitched them together and then turned them inside out to keep the seam hidden inside.

I know that frillier/girlier people then me could easily add a trim or buttons or embellishments, but I liked them as they were. But then I remembered it was almost Halloween and regular hand-warmers are for the boring people of the world. SO, with two flat heart shapes and six little circles I created Kitty Mittens! Since the seam is already inside the long tails from the shaped used to sew them on will never be seen, either.

Simple, easy and fun. Meau! Just FYI: I used Red Heart in Grey Heather and I Love This Yarn in Rosy Cheeks. Now to find a ribbed hat pattern to match and make some ears.... OH and then I could make a scarf that looks like a tail! ...and then be looked at strangely forever more.

Stay Warm!