Guest post | Convection Mittens

by contributor on 26/01/2012

in Guest Blogger, Whip Up Tutorials

Katie grew up in Ohio and now lives in Boston, so she knows the value of a good double-layer mitten. She has been known to draw diagrams to illustrate her point. To read more about her creations, visit her blog: Foxflat

How to make Convection Mittens

Convection Mittens are serious handwarmers for serious wind and cold! They’re for when whimsical winter accessories just don’t cut it, and for all the times your hands can’t be shoved into coat pockets (carrying grocery bags home, pulling a sled, holding a dog leash).

When I saw how much fleece-lined wool mittens cost in stores, I tinkered with a pattern that could be made quickly and cheaply. Convection Mittens are sewn from felted wool with a fleece lining. They can be made in a couple of hours using repurposed thrifted clothing, and the pattern can be enlarged or shrunk on a copier to fit your whole family’s hands. Give them a try – I’d love to see how they turn out!

Pattern: 
DOWNLOAD PDF: includes illustrated instructions and a printable pattern for making your own pair of Convection Mittens.

Materials: 
Sewing machine, shears, needle, thread :: 1/2 yard (metre) each of felted wool and thin polyester fleece

Notes:
Felted wool and polyester fleece can both be purchased new, but they’re easy to find at a thriftstore. For the fleece, pick out a thinner weight pullover or a pair of pajama pants. Black fleece is always classy for adults, but for kids you could pick out something in a fun color or pattern.

For the felted wool, find a lightweight, 100% wool sweater with a care tag that says “dry clean only”. It’s going to thicken significantly when it shrinks, so it’s important to start with something lightweight or the felted version won’t be pliable enough to go through your sewing machine. I chose a tweedy solid, but you could also pick out a fun pattern like snowflakes or fair isle. Felt the sweater at home in your washing machine. If you haven’t felted a sweater on purpose before, The Magic Onions has a nice photo tutorial. The one thing I would add is that I always shave the final product with a disposable razor to remove extra fuzz.

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1 Priscilla January 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial PDF!

2 Katie January 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

My pleasure Priscilla! If you make a pair be sure to tell me about it. I’d love to know how it works out :)

3 Martha January 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I almost wish we had a huge snow so i can make these!! Thanks so much :-)

4 Teri February 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

Hi Katie!
These are so beautiful! I am guessing by next winter my sewing skills will be ready to tackle these! Great project. Thanks!

5 Tee July 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial…I will make a pair, and probably more as I can finally have the WARMTH I need for my hands in the winter!

6 Lilja May 18, 2013 at 3:39 am

I’m smitten with the design of the pattern – reminds me very much of crafting tutorials from the time of my childhood.
The use of thrifted materials is anotherr boon, I will try these in the next time (because winter ist coming.. sooner or later ;)

7 Kristen December 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I just finished a pair–fabulous! Thank you so much for the pattern. :)

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