The One-Hundred Mittens Project

31 October 2006 · 62 comments

Amy Jo has a knitting sewing project, and she’s recruiting help.

Hello everyone! I have a favor to ask. Would you mind digging through your closet(s) to see if you have any 100-percent wool sweaters that you are willing to donate to a good cause? I hope to make 100 pairs of felted wool mittens by Christmas to donate to local senior, women’s, and homeless organizations.

One medium-sized woman’s sweater will make one pair of adult mittens and at least one pair of child-size mittens. It doesn’t matter if the sweater is tatty or has holes in it, or if you’ve washed and shrunk it somewhere along the line (that would actually help me save the step of “felting” the sweaters before making the mittens). And, if you are feeling ambitious and would like to join me in the sewing of mittens, I’ll gladly send you the template and instructions. They are very easy to make — only one seam!

If you’d like to contribute to Amy Jo’s mitten extravaganza, leave a comment here or drop me a line. Also: I’ll happily ferry old sweaters, if needed.

1 Amy Jo October 31, 2006 at 09:57

Thanks for posting this JD. I really appreciate it. And, to clarify, this is a sewing project not a knitting project. I felt the sweaters by washing them in hot water and then cut out the pattern and sew them up. Also, the sweaters can have a bit of nylon in them, and any type of woolen fiber will work–lambswool, alpaca, cashmere, etc. I’m also finding that I can often get at least four pairs of mittens per sweater since I am making five different sizes (2 adult and 3 childrens).

2 Scott October 31, 2006 at 16:38

Hey J.D.

Just let me know where to send them. I probably have several I can send on.

3 Frances November 13, 2006 at 17:45

I would be interested in the pattern and instructions. If I am successful in making my first pair, I would like to make some for charity. I think local thrift stores would be a good source for wool sweaters you could use for this project., sometimes you can pick them up for a couple of bucks.

4 Debbie November 21, 2006 at 10:15

I am always looking for recycling items and I thought that these mittens would be great for a
local charity that I have donated scarves, hats,
and mittens (crocheted) in the past.

Thank you again.

5 Mary November 27, 2006 at 11:38

I have been collecting used sweaters for the very same project to dontate to charities. I have been looking for a good pattern and I like yours. Please send me a copy of your pattern & I will do my part to keep hands and hearts warm all winter in Minnesota.

6 Jerry Bernard November 30, 2006 at 17:24

Can you please send me the template for the mittens? My wife would like to sew some up. Thanks in advance!

7 Sandy December 3, 2006 at 19:40

Just saw these made at a craft show. What a fun idea for charity. Would love to help if you can send the info.
Thanks.

8 Molly December 4, 2006 at 06:03

I would love to have the pattern for making felted wool mittens. A friend and I have been looking for the pattern. This would be a great charitable project!

9 Jeanine December 8, 2006 at 13:11

Please could you send me your template. We have a mitten tree in our village and these would be great.

Thank you!

10 marcia December 14, 2006 at 15:42

Hi! I am so happy to find a fellow wool sweater mitten maker! I have been making them for several years for family friends, gifts, etc. and am now also making them for people with cold hands who need them Your pattern looks simpler yhan mine-only one seam! I would really love to have it if you are willing to share it. Thanks so much and I hope you reach your goal! Marcia

11 tira December 14, 2006 at 19:18

I would like the pattern. I’ve been collecting sweaters, but need the pattern to make the mittens. Thanks.

12 tira December 14, 2006 at 19:18

I would like the pattern. I’ve been collecting sweaters, but need the pattern to make the mittens. Thanks.

13 hans early nelson December 19, 2006 at 23:05

I would love to help make some mittens and learn how to recycle those old tatterd sweaters at the same time. whats the criteria required to recieve a template. I see christmas is soon to come, but perhaps I can still help. are you there yet, to 100?

14 Abby December 22, 2006 at 15:29

Does anyone have the mitten template to the one seam mitten?
Thank you for your sharing.

15 Jan Coffelt December 28, 2006 at 08:49

I have several old sweaters that I have already felted and would like to donate to the cause. I know that Christmas is over, but if you’re still interested….

16 Amy Jo December 28, 2006 at 20:57

Thanks everyone for your interest in the mitten project. I am pleased with the interest folks have shown in the project. I don’t have a total count for mittens since I sent the pattern off to a number of folks around the country, but within my family we made nearly 200 pairs! The agencies we took them to, including Portland Impact, were genuinely pleased to receive them. I encourage folks to keep making them even though the holidays are quickly passing. It is easy to make a template, just trace your hands and photocopy the sketch at 115 to 120 percent. To felt the sweaters, wash them in hot water with a spoonful of liquid detergent. You may have to wash them more than once. Throwing in a pair of jeans will speed things up. Once the sweaters have felted to your liking, toss them in the dryer. Cut the mittens out (I like to use the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater for the wrists) and sew them up.

17 CAM January 10, 2007 at 19:22

Could you send me a copy of the mitten pattern? I would like to make them for charities in WI. Thanks

18 elaine falk January 18, 2007 at 16:26

i would like the pattern to help a neighbor.

19 david thomas January 18, 2007 at 16:45

I would very much appreciate this pattern. I do much donating to the Humane Society.

20 kate January 19, 2007 at 18:22

I’d also love to work on this great project.

I’m thinking of children’s mittens for local schools… you wouldn’t believe how many kids come to school without hats and mittens!
Please send pattern. Thank you for this project idea!

21 Marylyn Sidle January 21, 2007 at 21:31

Would love to try your pattern. Right now I’m using one from a fleece project book. Results are not quite what I expected when using the felted wool. Thanks so much. Marylyn

22 Lucy January 22, 2007 at 16:43

First time trying this….you mean I could also ask for the pattern for the mittens? Thank you.

23 julia January 26, 2007 at 17:43

Hello, Jo: I would love to get a copy of the mitten template and instructions to make the felted mittens you show here. Thanks! Julia

24 Patti February 1, 2007 at 05:10

I’ll chime in on wanting the pattern. I have three wool sweaters waiting to become mittens and/or slippers. BTW, a slipper pattern, or link to one, would be greatly appreciated, too.

25 Kim February 1, 2007 at 06:52

Lovely mittens,I am interested in your pattern…recyling makes it an even more attractive project.
Thank you KLZ

26 Karen February 5, 2007 at 19:51

Our church group would love to make some mittens for adults and children in our area that are in need. This would be a great project for our group to work on. Could you send us the pattern for adults and children? Thanks, Karen

27 Karen February 5, 2007 at 19:52

Our church group would love to make some mittens for adults and children in our area that are in need. This would be a great project for our group to work on. Could you send us the pattern for adults and children? Thanks, Karen

28 Eve February 6, 2007 at 08:00

Great idea. I have a stash of old wool sweaters that I felted for a blanket project that failed. This might be a fabulous use of the sweaters and a great charity item. Thanks.

29 Paula W. February 8, 2007 at 16:03

I would love to have template for the felted, one-seam wool mittens. I want to start felting, but want something easy to begin with.
Thanks!

30 Grace February 10, 2007 at 17:11

Could you possibly send me the template?? I tried to do one but the thumb was tooooo skinny.

How many mittens have you collected??

:) grace

31 Patti February 15, 2007 at 14:29

I would love the pattern for the felted wool mittens made from old sweaters. I would greatly appreciate anyone emailing this to me and thanks so much in advance.

32 Patti February 15, 2007 at 14:29

I would love the pattern for the felted wool mittens made from old sweaters. I would greatly appreciate anyone emailing this to me and thanks so much in advance.

33 Vicky February 22, 2007 at 19:13

I would be interested in learning to make the mittens also, and would appreciate directions,
pattern, etc.

34 Kimberly Schwartz March 2, 2007 at 10:41

I would appreciate receiving the directions and pattern to make the mittens. Thank you in advance.

35 Lorraine M. Cafe March 5, 2007 at 09:34

Yes, I would LOVE receive the directions and pattern to make the mittens. Thank you for the info. Peace bee with you.

36 Lorraine M. Cafe March 5, 2007 at 09:37

Yes, I would LOVE receive the directions and pattern to make the mittens. Thank you for the info. Peace bee with you.

37 barb barnhouse April 9, 2007 at 12:47

This is an amazing idea!Please send me the mitten template,and I will join the mitten project .
Thank you and God bless!

38 Julie Rice April 30, 2007 at 13:29

I would love the instructions and pattern for the mittens. If you have any other patterns I would love to have them as well.
Thanks

39 Kris Freitag June 21, 2007 at 18:47

Wow! How fun is that! Could you please send me the pattern? I will ask the folks at church for donations and help make mittens for our town–we live in a town where the kids really need warm stuff!
thanks in advance–congrats on making and breaking your goal!
Kris

40 Claudia September 5, 2007 at 07:44

This is just so cute! I totally see myself making mittens like that for Christmas present…totally eco-friendly. Could you please send me the pattern? Sincerely,
Claudia

41 Cheryl September 6, 2007 at 19:24

This is such a great idea. I know our elementary school is always looking for hats and mittens for the kids that don’t have them. I would love the pattern to be able to make them to donate to the school if you could send me the pattern.

Thanks

42 Lola September 10, 2007 at 10:50

I would love the template to make these mittens. We have a women’s retreat and this would be a great project for our Winter gathering.
Thanks in Advance!!

43 nancy odom September 17, 2007 at 10:18

Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

44 nancy odom September 17, 2007 at 10:20

Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

45 nancy odom September 17, 2007 at 10:21

Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

46 Jill Howes September 21, 2007 at 20:42

I have several sweaters that I have felted and would love your pattern. Thanks!

47 Gail Mooers October 11, 2007 at 09:03

I just purchased 3 100% wool sweaters at the thrift store and this would be a wonderful use for the sleeves! Please send the mitten pattern!
Thank you!

48 Pat October 12, 2007 at 10:01

What a great idea! I know several groups that would love to make to give and one that needs mittens. Please share the pattern. With thanks from many people, New Crafter

49 diane October 16, 2007 at 12:29

I would very much appreciate the mitten pattern. I would like to try my hand at making these. Thank-You!

50 diane October 16, 2007 at 12:30

I would very much appreciate the mitten pattern. I would like to try my hand at making these. Thank-You!

51 Diane October 31, 2007 at 14:21

I would love to receive the pattern and try making some for charilty.

52 Diane M November 1, 2007 at 19:50

This is a wonderful idea! Does anyone have a mitten pattern for kids? I could try tracing a hand, but I saw someone else said the thumb was too skinny. We have so many kids around here that come to school w/o mittens. I’d love to help out.

53 kathleen November 8, 2007 at 15:21

I would also love to have your pattern. I would like to try to make some mittens. I am very crafty and love to try new ideas. thanks

54 Teresa A November 13, 2007 at 06:35

Hi,
I have been trying to make these this past week but my pattern just isn’t working. Would I be able to have a copy of your pattern? I have been looking for a way to give back this Christmas and this would be perfect. Thanks

55 Teresa A November 13, 2007 at 06:36

Hi,
I have been trying to make these this past week but my pattern just isn’t working. Would I be able to have a copy of your pattern? I have been looking for a way to give back this Christmas and this would be perfect. Thanks

56 sue November 14, 2007 at 07:06

would like your pattern we have a womens shelter here we are doing things for, thanks Sue

57 Judy November 18, 2007 at 05:27

I would love your mitten pattern to make these for charity as well. What a great project!

58 Judy November 18, 2007 at 05:35

I would love your mitten pattern to make these for charity as well. What a great project!

59 julie November 20, 2007 at 17:29

I would love to make the mitten pattern for some a sub for santa project.
thanks julie

60 julie November 20, 2007 at 17:30

I would love to make the mitten pattern for some a sub for santa project.
thanks julie

61 julie November 20, 2007 at 17:30

I would love to make the mitten pattern for some a sub for santa project.
thanks julie

62 Betty November 21, 2007 at 23:29

May I have your knitted mitten pattern? I want to make them for my children! Thank you! Great job!

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