When I was a child, winter seemed to come with more snow. I love snow.
How many of you go to pull out your gloves, or your child’s gloves to come up with two left (or right) hands! I even tried to buy multiple pairs of the same kind just so that when needed we could find one matching pair. Alas. I was a failure. We still rarely come up with a pair.
My mom was one smart lady. Mittens with no front or back can be either a left or a right hand. Then, to prevent the inevitable loss of mittens on the playground, in a snow pile, lost at a friend’s, or carried off by the sock monster, she attached strings to them and put them through the coat sleeves. We HATED it, but in hindsight, it worked!!
In honor of my mom’s solution, (which has of course been deemed a hazard by today’s standards – Can you believe any of us survive to become parents!) I give you MITTENS, by Lori Holt.
True to my task, I used a mix of vintage stash and new stash in the block. I also added some sashing to size it up for use in my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. The Mittens pattern is part of the book, “Quilty Fun”. Lori has a fun behind the scenes trailer about the inspiration behind the book of patterns on You Tube.
If you make a full row, then you use a mixture of left and right hand facing mittens. However, if you only make a block, you can just pick your favorite hand! I picked the one best for a snowball fight!
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Growing up as a small child in Wisconsin, I do not recall a time that my mittens were not strung together with a length of yarn. It was just the way things were!