Knitting Simple Holiday Mittens


All my consternation last week over the PINK mittens lead me to knit a second pair. A very plain, vanilla, no frills pair of natural mittens. No color whatsoever.


If the first pair was bright like a candy cane, the second pair came out quiet like freshly fallen (fuzzy) snow.

I think some may call this timeless. Or possibly understated.

I would say elegant.

Just don’t take one off in a snow drift. You may never find it.

I again used this pattern from Susan B. Anderson. This is a great, easy pattern. I would recommend it to novice and uber-experienced mitten knitters alike. I think it is perfectly okay to knit mittens that aren’t Fair Isle, lace, or frilly in any regard. Just mittens.

I stumbled upon a natural skein of Cascade Yarns Eco Duo in Vanilla (70% Alpaca/30% Wool) at my local yarn store. This is the softest, lightest, most heavenly yarn I have ever felt and may even give my obsession for Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light a run for its money. It knits up like a puffy cloud on a perfectly sunny spring day. Seriously. It’s that soft. I want pjs knit in this yarn. Pillow cases. Sheets! (Can you knit sheets? …Maybe that should be a new thing.)

Knitting mittens is one of life’s little joys. Mittens make me smile. They go so quick. A mitten a day. And you know what they (I) say?

A mitten a day keeps the doctor away.

Linking up with Ginny and Frontier Dreams.


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  • Reply Tracey December 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I love undyed knits and your mittens are quite lovely.
    I feel the same way about hats that you do about mittens, and love that they can
    be knit so quickly.

  • Reply heathermama December 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

    a couple years ago i knitted a pair of plain white mittens for my niece and gave her the book “The Mitten” to go along with it. 🙂

  • Reply Donna December 2, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I really like them in white. I have a bunch of white hand spun and I never thought of making mittens. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Jeanette December 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Just beautiful! mittens are so nice and cozy.

  • Reply Sarah December 2, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Heather said just what I was thinking – Jan Brett’s book The Mitten where the boy begs for his grandma to knit him plain white mittens (and then of course loses one in the snow and it has an adventure all its own!) is one of my all time favorite picture books! I love knitting mittens too. I wish I had made some this year but maybe after Christmas! Right now my children have mittens coming out their ears so I need to find new victims… er, recipients.

  • Reply Lindsay December 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I love these — and your joke about the snow — but I just checked your post from last week and those pink mitts are amazing! Although, admittedly, I’m a pink fan. I agree that small knits are one of the best things in life. Right now I’m doing some hat knitting for the holidays and I love the instant gratification!

  • Reply mamasmercantile December 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Beautiful mittens, perfect for the season.

  • Reply Tonya December 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I love the simple beauty of these. Thank you for sharing about that yarn.

  • Reply purepurly December 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I am also suffering by the urge to knit mittens ????

  • Reply Stefanie December 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

    It is dang cold so mittens are essential! Susan B. Anderson rocks and is a sweetie. And Cascade Eco Duo is fantastic. I’m using it for my scarf which needs to be finished and would help with this damn cold.

  • Reply Alina December 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    So simple and neat! Beautiful FO!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise December 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

    so pretty simple and elegant. Gives me some more ideas for Christmas 🙂

  • Reply Sarah December 6, 2015 at 4:48 am

    It’s simple patterns and stunning yarns that make me want to knit! I love them!

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