Monday, January 21, 2008

Extra-Toasty Toddler Mittens

My daughter's extremities get cold quickly, and the store-bought mittens just weren't doing a good enough job, so they were unceremoniously retired (i.e. dumped). Really, with these ungodly temperatures we've been suffering through lately, what else can you expect!

Awhile ago I knitted her a Toasty Topper hat, so these mittens were adapted from that pattern using two skeins of worsted weight yarn. The result is a wonderfully thick mitten that is as impervious to cold as it's possible to be, short of just being smart and staying indoors (or just moving to the Sunny South, like sane people do.)

You can find the pattern on my design blog. I'm planning to knit another pair for Peter, who's four years old, so I should have a slightly bigger size posted in a few days, if you're wanting to knit a pair for bigger toddler hands.

Just as an editorial aside, I find mittens are SO much better for children than gloves. One reason is that it is nigh impossible to get wiggling little fingers in each finger section of gloves. The other reason is that mittens work much like muzzles - they inhibit the amount of damage than can be accomplished by naughty little fingers.

Hmmm, perhaps I'll start making my kids wear their mittens indoors . . . .)