Back in 2013, I knit a toddler-sized balaclava for my eldest. Suprisenly we are still kicking it around but because there is only one the boys are constantly fighting over it. It’s not because it’s super warm or anything they just both think they look like a ninja wearing it so they wear it inside and outside the house. It has to be one of the most used winter knits I’ve made so far. I finally decided to end the fighting and knit up a few more of those balaclava. I use a free pattern that you can find here. The pattern fits from 2-4 years old but my 7-year-old still wears the original one with no problems. There is a tiny error toward the end when you are doing the setup pattern for the ribbing around the face. It’s on the last repeat it calls for 7 stitches but you really need 9 like you had it the first corner repeat.
I made mine using Red Heart acrylic yarn that has been kicking around that stash for over five years. I usually use acrylic for kid hats and wool for mittens or gloves or things for myself. Kids hats are always being thrown in the wash here so that’s why I tend to knit them in acrylic. Minutes after knitting the hat in the picture my youngest wore it while eating Doritos so needless to say it’s already been washed.
I ended up knitting 3 of these hats altogether. They are a great project to knit while watching tv. I usually watch a movie with my husband after the kids go to bed and it’s nice to have something to knit and still be able to pay attention to the movie. I used stash yarn for all of these so it was nice to get rid of some random skeins that I had no plans for.
My roving arrived for my mittens! It’s not the same wool I used last time but it will work for what I need. I wasn’t exactly sure what I had ordered but now that I have the new stuff here I realized I ordered superfine merino last time. It was years ago so not too shocking I didn’t remember. I am also not very good at keeping tags for things after I start using it. Not a big deal still loving the colors. The new yarn I chose has some purples in it and I love purples.
So close to being finished but of course I have other projects going on so it will take me forever to finish that tiny bit and the thumbs. If you are looking for the pattern is was posted in my other blog post Mittens full of clouds. It’s a great pattern. Now to finish these and enjoy them before the winter weather is done for this year.
I love thrummed mittens! If you’ve never heard of or made thrummed mittens they are mittens with little bits of wool knit into the stitches. It makes the insides of the mittens insanely warm and give the outsides this rustic look that I love.
The inside of a thrummed mitten I was working on a few years ago.
A few years ago I made thrummed mittens for everyone. Both boys and my husband and even my Grandma received mittens that Christmas (Grandma mitten in the picture). I had what I thought would be enough left over roving to make myself a pair of mittens and put it up and moved onto other things.
At the beginning of December, I was standing at the bus stop with the kids really wishing I had some thick warm mittens. I finally had a reason to make my mittens and pulled the roving and wool out to get started. It quickly became apparent that I was running out of roving too fast. But still, I knit on.
I was able to knit one whole mitten without a thumb and half of the second before I ran out of roving. I ordered more from WoolGathering they didn’t have the exact colors I had before but I found something close enough that I am happy with it. If buying roving for thrummed mittens make sure to use 100% wool because you want it to felt inside. I am using the pattern Thrummed Mittens which is a great pattern because you get all the sizes in one pattern from child to men’s size. So these mittens are now in a holding pattern waiting for the roving to arrive.