Mittens are Grand


Mittens are warm,
Mittens are grand,
Mittens are like shoes for my hands.



If anyone dares to go to my faves on Ravelry you will find 89 mitten patterns favorited.   Why?  Your guess is as good as mine .

Probably because we have 8 to 10 months of weather here in Canada that require warm outdoor wear.  One can never have too many mittens.  As a Canadian resident one needs differing styles and weights of mittens.  Fall Fingerless, Early winter light weight, deep freeze wind proof, tobogganing waterproof and driving non-slippery to name but a few.

This is why Mittens (and gloves) will always be an excellent Christmas present here.

Knitting mittens is easy. They can be done in the round or flat and then sewn up. They can be done in lightweight yarn or the bulkiest of yarns. They are almost as fun as socks!


Sheehan in Round


These Mittens are my version of the mittens above.  Both are knit from Berroco Inca Tweed.  The original Sheehan pattern was knit flat and assembled.  I prefer to knit my mittens in the round so I adapted the pattern.  It is a slip stitch pattern in a chunky yarn so is very warm. With the 2 skeins of different colours you could get 2 pairs of mittens easily.


Japanese Wave Mittens- Variegated


Japanese Wave Mittens

Another mitten that uses 2 colours in the pattern is the Japanese Wave Mittens.   These are done in an Aran weight so they are a bit lighter weight than the Sheehan Mitten but still mighty warm. I did my own version in 2 variegated yarns.  The design did not show up as well as the sample photo but I still like them. The Cascade Aran weight Superwash is a fabulous yarn for these mittens.

Are you looking for something a bit easier?  This vintage pattern is a good choice. They are knit in a worsted weight so could be done in a myriad of yarns Kniterary has in stock. Cascade 220, Berroco Vintage, Malabrigo Rios and Manos del Uruguay Classica to name a few.  If you didn’t feel up to doing the cable cuffs then a simple rib would do.


Girls and Ladies Mittens #101








Gloves are always nice too. In my favorites is Lanark knit with Sweet Paprika Sport Weight.  I have just stocked some Sweet Paprika Sport weight yarn for you!  In fact I think I may knit a pair myself.


Lanark by Sweet Paprika


I could go on and on!  There are still so many more.  Go to and check mitten patterns.

Want to see all my Faves?  Visit me at Martianknit on Ravelry and check them out

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