Monday Project Report – Bella Mittens & Toothless Hat


I discovered two things this week.

First – I LOVE Misti Alpaca Chunky yarn.  It is soft – it is warm – and it is really so pretty knit up.

Second – I have to have a pair of Bella Mittens for myself.

Lets start with a very cute picture of Jesse.

Jesse on the porch wearing the Bella Mittens

Who is modeling my finished pair of Bella Mittens.

close up of Jesse wearing Bella Mittens

This is a long mitten . . .

full length Bella Mitten

which decreases 10 stitches in circumference from the opening to the wrist so it is fitted to the arm.

prayer hands bella mitten

The pattern on top is an easy C6F C6B every 8 rows with a purl stitch running along each side.

criss crossed bella mittens

The underarm side is a k1 p1 rib along the arm and a stockinette palm.

underarm side of bella mittens

This pattern is free on Ravelry (you can find it here) and is understandably very popular.  It is simple and – when knit in the Misti Alpaca yarn – instantly warm and soft.

Jesse holding mittens to face

Love this combination.

On the negative, this pattern is not designed for a large hand.  It fits my boys and me and is really a women’s small – though I think it would fit a women’s medium but it will be a snug fit.  If making it to fit a larger hand, then adjustments have to be made to the front and back of the pattern to give it some extra width.  A lot of folks also found the cuff to be too long and started knitting the pattern on row 16 to shorten the cuff length.

Finally, for anyone who wanted to know how the Toothless Hat ended up, here it is – finally finished.

Toothless Hat

Sis, the box for Emmet should go out this week.  I hope it fits him.

That’s all for this week’s project report.  Next week is scrap week!!  That means I am going to sit down with the odds and ends I have left over in yarn from other projects, separate them by weight and try to get some scrap yarn projects started.  We need afghans and blankets so that is my first thought – though it is always good to have a fish hat or two lying around for birthday presents – or my boys.  I ordered some new 40″ circular needles from Jimmy Beans this week just to knit blankets so I hope they get here soon.  Waste not, want not, as Gram always said.

Onward and Upward – as I always say. :D

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter, an aunt raising three young nephews with my husband, and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Monday Project Report – Bella Mittens & Toothless Hat

  1. Danielle says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Toothless hat!! Oh I cannot WAIT for Emmet to see it, he is infatuated with that show. Thank you! I know it may not fit and if it doesn’t, we’ll give it to another dragon loving little man with a smaller head….and then I might just have to knit the hat all over again to fit Emm.
    I really enjoyed knitting the Bella mittens too, but I like to have my fingers free so mittens and me don’t jive so well.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    Actually, if it doesn’t fit him can you throw it in an envelope and mail it back? Little Jake, who I made the mittens for, would really love it and I know it will fit him. Then I get to see it on him too. :D Though I really hope it fits Emmet. And I CAN’T WAIT to see a picture of him in it. My little dragon boy!!

    I love regular mittens for outdoors. These are perfect because the yarn is so warm they even keep my cold fingers warm. Jesse wants a pair too. :)

  3. danihinde says:

    Oh no problem! I’m glad you already know a little dragon lover who would appreciate it, although I’m soooo hoping Emmet’s head will fit…

  4. Your mittens are gorgeous! The hat is fantastic! Love the detailed expression that the dragon has. :-)

  5. Ashling says:

    Love those mittens!!!!! I’m such a sucker for alpaca. Wool, even the softest, is too scratchy for me (I’m such a princess-and-the-pea), but alpaca is lovely.

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