What this place needs is a bunch of tiny mittens

A week and a half ago, once November had spent a few days settling in, it dawned on me that this is the perfect time to sneak in something I have always wanted to knit but have never managed in past years – the knitted advent calendar.

I’ve seen several friends knit these up, in different styles, and it’s always a gorgeous result. These also bring together 2 very enticing prospects: 1) use up stashed yarn leftovers that are just sitting there being otherwise useless, and 2) you get a personalizable advent calendar that you can fill up with whatever you want. Chocolates, notes, tasks, trinkets, anything that helps you do December the way you want to do it. SIGN ME UP, I said.

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There are a lot of variations of the knitted advent calendar – mittens, mini stockings, pockets, wall hangings, and so forth – but I must say I do like the simplicity of the mini mitten. This pattern is the free Advent Mini Mittens from Bernat. I’m finding one mitten works up in about an hour and a half or so, give or take a bit of procrastination time, so basically my aim is one per evening.

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I’ve elected not to do any stripes or stitched numbers on mine, just keeping it simple and reaching for the red, green, purple, and neutral colours in my stash leftovers of worsted weight and DK. Should make for a nice combination of colour and texture!

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I’m aiming for 24 mittens in total, and am currently on number 11 which makes me almost at the halfway mark with 13 days left in November. This is all eminently do-able, I’ll just have to keep the momentum going. I’m admittedly not knitting on much else at the moment, but I’m cool with that because this meets one of my current goals of knitting more things I’ve never done before. Knitted advent calendar, activate!

Hope you have some good holiday knitting plans as well! They are sneaky like that. Until next time!

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Pattern: Advent Mini Mittens, from Bernat
Yarn: Worsted weight and DK weight yarn leftovers, including Cascade 220 heathers, Briggs and Little Heritage, Berocco Ultra Alpaca, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label and Yellow Label, and others

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16 comments

  1. They look lovely! I hope they get stuffed with your favourite treats 🙂

    And yes, I have some gift knitting lined up, though no firm deadlines to help me make sure I get them all done in time…

    Enjoy your mitten knittin’ 😉

  2. What a wonderful idea! I’m going to download the pattern. Have fun.

  3. […] Read the good idea here […]

  4. Remember when you made “cork people” one winter? They cracked me up.
    I was having a stressful time then and when I saw those little guys,
    I decided to make a whole family of them. Made me smile! (The wine was
    good, too.)

  5. Earlier this year, I embarked on several leftover sock yarn stash busting projects, including two mini-stocking advent calendars. Unfortunately, I did get side-tracked at some point, so now I have quite a few to make by the end of the month if I’m going to have two complete sets by the 1st. They do go pretty quick, though, so it might yet be doable…

  6. P.J. Coldren · ·

    My goal is to make an ornament for each niece/nephew and all their kids (for 2018). This looks like my ornament! Thank you.

  7. I did a garland with 24 socks, which I gave to my son and his wife. They went pretty fast and I had white angora to use around the top edge of the red sock I knit for Christmas eve (just a hint, suggestion if you have those materials?) It was fun and looks so cheery.

  8. Those are so cute! It will be fun to see what you do with them.

  9. This is such a cool idea. I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a yarn related advent calendar and this fit the bill perfectly. Good luck with your goals!!

  10. Lynn Howell · ·

    Oh wow I can’t believe you posted this!!! I’m thinking of doing something similar!!! I want to knit up something like this for my office at work.

  11. Love it. And little mittens are the perfect thing to have in your purse or pocket to knit on in odd moments

  12. lyndanewfangledtangle · ·

    They’re adorable, thanks for the pattern heads up. I don’t have time to do mittens for advent but I’ll knit some for friends and gift them with a fancy Lindt chocolate bear inside. Hope you’re well, nest wishes from the UK.

  13. […] the season for Christmas knitting! As I was reading through my blog subscriptions I was inspired by Glenna of Glenna knits to knit an Advent bunting. I had a quick rummage through Ravelry, and came up with this lovely (and […]

  14. Those are so, so cute. They will add to the holiday cheer!

  15. Adorable! I tried one with mini socks once…perhaps I should resurrect it. Love Advent calendars 🙂

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