Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.

Making Mittens From Wool Sweaters

I have been needing a pair of warm mittens for years and decided to make my own after scouring the internet for a reasonably priced, high quality pair made in the USA.  During my search, I found several websites selling mittens made from wool sweaters, and I said, "Those look easy to make, why don't I make myself a pair?" 

At the local second hand store, I purchased several 100% wool sweaters of various colors.  Before cutting the sweaters, I shrunk them in hot water followed by high heat so the wool fibers would get really tight.

The insides are lined with warm fuzzy fleece.

To date I have made fourteen pairs of mittens to sell at the Wild Ramp and for giving to friends.  

Adding a button to the mitten cuff gives the mittens a finished look and keeps the cuff from folding down.  When I add the button, I sometimes don't stitch down the cuff.

This video provided the best tutorial that I found on the internet.  A printable pattern can be found at:  I found this pattern to be a little small for my hand so I made the pattern a little larger.


Melissa January 28, 2016 at 8:08 AM  

Thank You!! I have been meaning to make these for years.

Jenn Mer June 1, 2016 at 3:08 PM  

What a wonderful way to make use of old or shrunken wool sweaters! I love the variety of patterns and designs, along with the button to hold it together. The perfect mix of simplicity and resourcefulness!

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