I am really excited to get started with our Needlepoint Mittens Series. But first, a bit of background on what inspired this.
I try to attend my stitch group in Victoria several times a month and WOW, did I ever miss this during lockdowns. They are a wonderful group of women and fabulous stitchers who have welcomed me warmly into the group. Thank you, ladies.
They always inspire me. Admittedly I get very little stitching done BUT we always have a lot of laughs. In October of last year when we were finally able to meet again, we discussed projects for 2022.
Susan came up with the idea of stitching mittens which she proceeded to complete for her gift giving this past Christmas.
The group overall were excited to see the first one completed and each one following so I’ve decided to introduce a mitten pattern series, here on the blog!
I’ll be featuring one mitten design (possibly 2) each month! I’ll include an outline for you to trace and will also provide a source for the stitches used to complete the mitten along with the colours we used.
ALL feature Colour Complements threads with possibly some additional threads. Gather your supplies ladies because you will definitely want to stitch some of these!
What Will You Need For Our Needlepoint Mittens Series
We used 18-count white mono canvas for all the mittens but naturally, you may use what you wish. The mitten pattern measures about 2 ½ x 3 inches (approximately) – they are SMALL!
You may like to stitch them a bit larger – we will leave this up to you. All the mittens I’ll be featuring are stitched with Colour Complements threads.
Let’s get started with our first mitten pattern. Since I’m featuring winter BLUES through January, I thought it appropriate to share a sample featuring of course BLUE!
This mitten is stitched using a Milanese stitch alternating with Colour #28 and Colour #74. The cuff is a diagonal double brick stitch using Colour #66. I used size 5 perle for this mitten! For reference you will find both stitches in the Stitches books by Ruth Schmuff and Kathy Holicky – there are five volumes!
What colours are featured in our first mitten
The mitten shown above was the first mitten I stitched. When complete I decided I wanted a rounder mitten so the pattern evolved! The attached download is the result. The line drawing in the download is full size, but remember, you can stitch your mittens any size you wish.
Print out your pattern and lay your canvas over the printout. Align the red dotted lines along the vertical and horizontal canvas channels. Trace onto your canvas.
It helps if you back stitch the outline onto the canvas with a running stitch using sewing thread which you can remove as you stitch. OR, you may also find it helpful to back stitch the entire outline with the same thread used in the design. I’ll leave these choices to you. **Please note that you will likely alter the shape somewhat as you stitch with your compensating stitches.
How cute is this!! Are you hooked? Another mitten next month. A very special thank you to Marilyn who completed the download!