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Toddler Mitts

It’s not right that my boy is a toddler.  It’s just plain wrong.  What happened to my baby

Alas, a toddler he is, and toddlers need mitts with thumbs. 

Toddlers like to scoop snow and eat it.

Toddlers like to help shovel the driveway.

Toddlers like to clean off the car.

Toddlers like to push and pull the sled.

When you’re a toddler, most outdoor activities require the use of thumbs. Since I had some yummy red yarn sitting around unused, I figured that I’d give knitting a pair of mittens–with thumbs–a try. I’ve been wanting to knit a pair for myself, so I thought the best place to start would be with a smaller version.

Thumbs aren’t so hard. I’m finding that to be true of most of my knitting hang-ups. Circular needles? Awesome! Kitchener stitch? Fabulous. Attaching arms to a sweater? Piece of cake. Knitting mittens with thumbs? No problem.

(Truth be told, and I think I’ve mentioned this before, I rely heavily on YouTube when I don’t know how to do something. YouTube video tutorials are amazing. I highly recommend them.)

In the spirit of full disclosure, I will also divulge the fact that, in my first attempt, I knit the thumb inside-out.  I knew it would happen, because once I picked up my thumb stitches, the mitten was underneath the needles. But it seemed so awkward for it to be above the needles! I went on knitting the thumb inside-out, figuring I’d just leave it that way, because who was going to notice? It might even look “decorative.” However, I ended up with a large hole in the thumb as well, and I just could not stand for that. Out came the thumb stitches, and I knit it properly the second time. Such is the life of a recovering perfectionist.

I do think I’m ready to move on to my own mittens, which is a project that’s actually on my list. I think I’m going to use the Bella’s Mittens pattern. They’re long and lovely, and I think the gorgeous pink yarn that I picked up on a whim at my LYS will be perfect for the project.


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One day after posting my list, I’m able to cross off one of my projects! In all fairness, the list has been in the works for a while (it’s not so easy to come up with 101 goals, even when I know I have at least that many ideas floating around and projects to finish), and the project has been sitting in a nearly-completed state for some time now. Regardless, I consider it a good start, and I’m so excited to have this one done! Here it is:

This is the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover. The pattern was originally published in Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, but it’s now available as a free download on Ravelry. The pattern is definitely a good one–this is my very first sweater, and I’d say it turned out pretty well. I would not call myself an experienced knitter at all–I used so many YouTube videos to help me along with unfamiliar stitches, etc., but for the most part this sweater came together nicely.


Baby boy seems to like it, and it goes so well with his mama-made Christmas pants.  The arms appear to be a bit, um, short, but I haven’t blocked the sweater yet, so hopefully that’ll help out a bit.

Now that I’ve finished my first sweater, I feel like I could knit anything!

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