Vinyl Palm Mittens
When a big snowstorm hit us this winter, I was almost the most prepared mom on the block. The boys had warm winter coats, boots, hats, and snow pants, but the only gloves we had in the house were those cheap one-size-fits-all gloves that you grab in the Target Dollar Spot. Those are fine for our average winter days, but not at all ideal for snow play. After a few minutes, Milo came back inside crying because his hands were so cold. We were able to remedy the situation with a warm mug of hot chocolate, but with nearly 2 feet of snow outside and no way to get to a store for new gloves, I had to improvise. I found a great tutorial on Purl Soho for Simple Felted Wool Mittens and decided to modify the pattern based on supplies I had in my stash.
I did have some wool on hand, but I knew that the boys would complain about it being too itchy. Polar fleece seemed like the better option, but it still wasn’t waterproof enough for the kind of snow play my guys get into. It occurred to me that I could double up the palm piece with an added layer of vinyl to give an extra layer of warmth and waterproof protection. The result was adorable and effective. I made two pairs for the boys, and they played for hours with no complaints. For the boys (ages 7 and 9) I modified the pattern by printing it at 80%. For my first run, I found this to be still a bit narrow (probably also because I used a thicker material and doubled up on it), so I made them about 1/4″ wider but didn’t add any length. These fit perfectly.
And since I also seemed to be missing a glove, i decided to make a pair for myself. For mine, I used a combination of white and gold faux leather, and lined them with polar fleece. Lesson learned from they boys’ mittens – I added a bit of extra seam allowance to accommodate the thicker material. They turned out perfectly and I wear them all of the time!