Published on Thursday December 16th, 2010

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We rescued this hat from the sad fate of abandonment on a sidewalk during a week of solid rain — we let it sit for a few hours after we first saw it in case the owners were backtracking for it, but it was only getting more and more sodden and forlorn. I hope we’ll run into another young family in the neighborhood who will say, “Oh, we had that same hat, but we lost it!” and I’ll be able to give it back. Meanwhile, it’s having a happy second life warming my big girl’s big head.

Want an easy-peasy thumbless mitten recipe for a baby in your life? Here you go!

Tom Thumbless Mittens


Remnants of worsted-weight wool (I used Dream in Color Classy), maybe about 75 yards? (I asked for a kitchen scale for Christmas, so if Santa Claus comes through I’ll weigh the mitts and then give you an update on the yardage. )

US #8 dpns


CO 28 sts and work 9 rounds in k2, p2 rib. On the 10th round, knit the knits and yo & p2tog over all purl sts but the last two. Knit 20 rounds, then decrease as given below. Rounds begin just left of center on the back of the mitt.

Rnd 1: K3, k2tog, k2, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2, ssk, k5.

Rnd 2: K2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2, ssk, k4.

Rnd 3: K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1 and then divide the sts on two needles, one for the palm and one for the back of the mitt, to graft them closed. There will be one extra st on the back where you didn’t work that 4th dec; simply work those 2 sts tog as you graft.

Make a matching mate.

Twist up a mitten cord, beginning with a length of yarn about as long as your wingspan, tying a knot in the middle and looping it over a wee doorknob or picture hook or the finger of an obliging friend, then twisting the two ends together until they do not wish to twist any more. Keeping tension on the cord, pinch it at the mid point and at the ends, then relax the tension and let it twizzle up into a lovely cord of a good length for weaving in, out, in, out through the holes above the cuff and tying in a bow. Tie a knot in the end that needs it before you do any weaving, of course.  If your cord has squirrelly bits that twizzled away from the main cord, just give a few tugs on the ends and they should jump back  into place. Make another cord for the second mitt.

I’m going to pick up stitches on the inside of the cuff tops and knit a lining for each mitt for extra warmth, but for now Ada’s wearing them over those sleeves that fold over her hands.

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P.S. Someone’s going to ask about Ada’s furry boots. They’re made by Robeez and I love them. I justified the splurge by giving them to Mr. G as a birthday present, but they’ve been well worth it; they are as functional as they are cute. And luckily Ada has very small feet, so they should last all winter.

9 Comments to “Bundled”

  1. lizzie Comment Says:

    She is gorgeous and looks very happy with her “found hat”. Thanks for the mittens pattern – just right for a baby boy in Maine !

  2. Mia Comment Says:

    She is soooo freaking cute in this picture!!!

  3. Wendolene Comment Says:

    Oh so cute! Love the mittens, too. Sometimes I think thumbless mittens would be pretty perfect for adults, except we’re the ones taking pictures and driving around and carrying babies (happy and otherwise), all of which are activities that are generally easier with one’s thumbs free. Darn.

  4. Linnea Comment Says:

    It’s a darling photo, Sarah. Be sure to keep this one.

  5. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    Ada is super adorable. I love her laughing face.

  6. Bridget Comment Says:

    That is one cute little baby! Those boots are to die for.

    Thank you so much for sharing your life. Many Happy Wishes of Peace, Happiness, Prosperity and Health for you and your family, Sarah.

  7. Jess Comment Says:

    She is so beautiful, Sarah! What a happy gorgeous little thing!

  8. Beth Comment Says:

    These are adorable…as is your little girl.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    P.S. I don’t know, but it seems to me that your daughter enjoys this hat so much that if you did happen to run into the family that lost it, she just might cry. Don’t you think?

  9. knittingoutloud Comment Says:

    Adorable baby! Cute mittens. And yes, Sherlock Holmes is wonderful. Happy 2011 to you and your family!!!