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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quick Mittens for Men

Last year I knit a pair of convertible mittens for Chris made entirely from scraps because I knew he would be wearing them to work. They were certainly the most ugly knitted object I had ever completed but very functional and Chris loved them. He would show them to everyone, he spoke so highly of the mitts that eventually I had a list of requests. I made four pairs last Christmas and once I was mitten-ed out I decided that anyone else who wanted a pair could wait until next year.

I decided to redesign the original pattern to make it easier on myself. I switched from worsted weight to chunky to make the project fly by and I chose to use an easy care yarn because I don't know any men who would be willing to wash their clothing by hand.

As promised, Liam received a pair of his own convertible mittens. I secretly knit an additional pair for Chris. He is very happy with his new mitts, so happy in fact that he likes to show them off. I already have a list to knit for next year...

  • One 100g ball of Patons Shetland Chunky in Earthy Brown. 110 meters.
Note: If using the Tweed version of this yarn 2 balls are required as the yardage per ball is less.
  • 6 mm dpns, set of 4
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Waste Yarn


12 sts and 24 rows = 4 in over st st


One Size


  1. I abso-lut-e-ly looove your patterns. I have seen them on ravelry, etsy, and have only just now(!) found your blog. I learned to knit when I was four.... very good at long scarves, I am... but not too much more. I would love to give some of your hats and mitts a try - any tips for a so-called newbie? Could you recommend a good place to start?

  2. Thank you! My best advice is to branch out, take baby steps if you need to, choose a project that isn't way over your head but that will teach you something new. Ravelry, YouTube, and the internet are your friends when it comes to knitting help... there is a wealth of information out there.

    Good Luck!