Saturday, March 5, 2011

Odd Ball Mittens

Is it surprising that we're still in a mitten state of mind? We've been thinking about mittens all winter. We like to make mittens for Afghans for Afghans and, being frugal, we like to use up every little bit of wool. In truth some of the sweetest little mittens are hodge-podges of many different leftover yarns but sometimes those old stripes get a little monotonous. The Odd Ball Mitten is just what the doctor ordered.

This mitten pattern is great for using up those odd balls of leftover yarn to make beautiful mittens without resorting to plain, old stripes.  However, these mittens are not just odd. They are special. And they are special (as in, my mother says I’m “special”) for another reason. They are created in a very unique way. They are modular mittens. Simple, really….just different. Best of all? No grafting. No Kitchener stitch. No, really!!
Rounded mitten tip

The modular approach results in a lovely curving mitten tip that surrounds the palm and when you use 2 different colours for the palm and the edging, you’ll end up with a beautiful decorative detail where the 2 colours meet. But why stop at 2 colours? These are great for using up leftovers. All the palm/back-of-hand inserts can be different. The edging can be a different yarn and then the cuffs can be striped. Or, you can make them all from one ball of yarn. It’s your choice.
Adult Size with Cabled Edging for a dressy look

The pattern includes 2 sizes....Adult and Child. It includes several variations so you won't get bored....garter stitch palms, seed stitch palms, stockinette edging and a cabled edging.


Odd Ball Mittens are made from worsted weight wool like Cascade 220, or Patons Classic Wool or Elann Highland Wool or you can even use up leftover sock yarn by knitting with 2 strands at a time.

Because we know it's a long drive for most of you to come to us in the Kingdom of Coco, we've opened a Ravelry store. Through one  click of the "Buy Now" button in the side bar, you can be transported to our store....Beam me up, Scottie!..... where you can buy the pattern with Paypal and then get immediate download of the .PDF at any hour of the day or night.

We hope you're not yet tired of mittens because we're not! But that, as they say, is a story for another day.


  1. You are so clever - those mittens are beautiful!

  2. Hey Grandma Coco! I have fallen in love with these mittens, but can't seem to find a link to purchase on Ravelry. Is there (please say yes) a way to purchase them?

    1. Hi, Fran! This is the only way I can reply to you, so I hope you check back here. Because you asked so nicely, I have put the Odd Ball Mitten pattern back in my Ravelry shop. You can find it here:
      Thanks for asking!

    2. Grandma Coco, you made my day!! I'm hopping over right away to snatch them up :) Thank you so very much for your reply, and wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful that you saw my post ;)


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