Sized to fit Child's Medium (Age 6-8 years, I'd guess)
These were so fast and fun to make, I bet you could make a pair or two or three before the Soaring Eagles deadline (December 17th), which, through a nice coincidence, would give you more chances to enter Sandy's fabulous drawing.
There are only 16 stitches to cast on. Who can't cast on 16 stitches? You can do that in less time than it takes you to pour the cream in your coffee. You can knit one row for each sip of your coffee. You can knit the whole pair in an afternoon. Or two mittens in two lunch hours. Come on, do it!
I used this pattern, and modified it slightly to make a child's mitten. (though small women's mittens are also on the wish list at Soaring Eagles, my mitten was coming out narrower, so I made it proportionally shorter, as well)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, way less than one skein. I'm sure there's enough left on the skein for at least one more pair of these.
Needles: US size 11 DPN's. On 11's, I got a gauge of 3 stitches/inch. I am a fairly tight knitter.
I followed the pattern exactly, except that I started the end decreases after 3 inches rather than 3 3/4
Tip: Believe the pattern about the thumb gusset. I thought it must not be correct -- it was a method I had never used before and it seemed weird, so I sort of did my own thing (wrong) and therefore the thumb and gusset of the first mitten is a bit wonky. I believed the pattern for the second mitten, and it made for a much neater gusset.
I found the 10-stitch thumb to be way too thick and ugly, and had to rip and redo it a couple of times before it looked proportionally right. I ended up with an 8-stitch thumb. To clarify: Put the 6 stitches on needles as directed, then pick up two stitches under the thumb. I knitted the thumb for 2 inches, then K2 together 4 times. Cut the yarn and draw it through the remaining 4 stitches.
Optional: Make a simple pompom and sew it on. Et voila! Warm hands and a sweet gift for a needy child. Everybody wins.
I admit, with a weekend of marathon mitten-knitting, I am tired of knitting and feel like I never want to see yarn or needles ever again. But then I look at my little neat and sweet pile of mittens and I love 'em and can't wait to send them out. I keep picking up the yarn, picking up the needles, and then putting them back down again. True burnout.
I have to make the mate to the denim blue one with red-and-blue-striped cuffs to finish the 4th pair of mittens for my pledge. Or will I simply make another super-bulky pair instead, or just buy a pair? Stay tuned. Maybe I'll feel like knitting again tomorrow, but at the moment, I think I just need a break.