Friday, September 9, 2011

Mitten Sewing Projects

      Gloves which cover the entire hand but do not have separate finger openings or sheaths are called mittens. Generally, mittens still separate the thumb from the other four fingers. They have different colors and designs. Mittens have a higher thermal efficiency than gloves as they have a small surface area exposed to the cold.
      The earliest mittens known to archeologists date to around 1000AD in Latvia. Mittens continue to be part of Latvian national costume today. Wool biodegrades quickly, so it is likely that earlier mittens, possibly in other countries, may have existed but were not preserved. An exception is the specimen found during the excavations of the Early Medieval trading town of Dorestad in the Netherlands. In the harbour area a mitten of wool was discovered dating from the 8th or early 9th century. Many people around the Arctic Circle have used mittens, including other Baltic peoples, Native Americans and Vikings. Mittens are a common sight on Ski slopes, as they not only provide extra warmth but extra protection from injury.

Sewing your own mittens is both fun and easy!
  1. Make your own mittens
  2. How to make mittens from a wool sweater
  3. Fleece Mitt Pattern and Tutorial
  4. Solution for lost mittens
  5. hat + mittens set
  6. Felted Mittens

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