Living in the Pacific Northwest means dealing with chilly winters. I love the warmth of my gloves, but I always find myself taking them off to tend to my phone or to dig for treats while I walk my dog. For this reason, I wanted to make a pair of fingerless gloves with a mitten pullover. This keeps your digits toasty, and minimizes the exposure when you're just making a quick flip through your playlist or playing Words With Friends while waiting for the bus.
I have a few cashmere-blend sweaters that have seen better days, and I've been looking for ways to reuse them. There are holes and rips in the knit, but throwing away such a large amount of good-quality fabric seems like an awful waste.
I recently came across the technique of felting, which pulls the fibers in the knit close together to create a felt-like cloth. This leaves the cashmere sewable, thick, and reusable!
- 1 sweater to be felted
- 1 pillowcase
- 1 spool of thread
- ballpoint needle for your sewing machine
- embellishments as desired (buttons, ribbon, etc.)
Felt the sweater by placing it in a pillowcase. This prevents any loose fibers from escaping, clogging your washing machine plumbing. If you have a few golf balls, throw those into the pillowcase, too, in order to encourage agitation (thus pulling the fibers closer together).
I used the glove template from here. The pattern was the perfect size for me, but I have small hands. You may need to adjust based on your own hand size. For the hand, you'll need to fold your sweater in half and cut through two layers of fabric. Cut out the appropriate pieces, making sure to leave 1/8" allowance on all edges. I wanted to take advantage of the finished hem in the sweater sleeve, so I opted to cut the glove pattern from the sleeve (which is already double-layered if you lay the arm flat). I left some extra room towards the wrist to make a longer glove. You can adjust this to your discretion.
|The gussets on the left are single layer, the glove base is double layer|
The instructions on sew-ing.com are very clear and easy to follow. After you cut out the hands, gussets, and thumb, you'll want to sew the gussets to their corresponding positions on the back portion of the glove. I used a 1/8" thick zig-zag stitch to allow for stretching.
After the gussets are sewn, sew the palm-side of the glove to the gussets and down the side towards the wrist. Since I knew I was making "hobo" style gloves (no fingertips), I didn't bother to sew the fingertips--this part gets finicky and was better left unfinished for me. Sew the round portion of the thumb piece, leaving the base open.
Turn this piece inside out, and with the glove inside-out, slide the thumb piece in its opening. Pin and sew with a 1/8" zig-zag stitch.
Sew along the green line above, so it makes a pocket. A straight stitch can be used for this portion if desired. Invert the mitten pocket, and slide over your fingers to ensure a fit. Now pin one layer of the mitten pocket to the back layer of the glove. If you are very careful, you can do this while the glove is still on your hand, to ensure you don't accidentally pin the palm-side of your glove (I'm not responsible for any of you hurting yourselves! Be careful!).
Here's a point where you can take some creative liberties. You can either sew the mitten pocket on using some sort of hidden stitch (like a ladder stitch), or you can do a decorative stitch. I opted to use embroidery thread, and did a decorative x-stitch across the back.
That's it! I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial!