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Old 09-04-2008, 02:13 AM   #51
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The mittens I made to fit my four year old measure 6.5 inches cuff to tip, however I would add another three-four inches to the cuff, which is what I am doing with the second pair. You might try sport weight mixed with worsted on size 6 or 7 needles, 6 for the cuff 7 for the hand seems to be working for me.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:15 AM   #52
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BTW, my four year old is a little on the small side and the mittens I made the first time are a little to big for her both in the wrist and the hand, I would say 8-9 inches cuff to tip for a 3 year old with a four inch cuff and add an inch for each year after that, half an inch to the cuff and half to the hand.
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The mittens I made to fit my four year old measure 6.5 inches cuff to tip, however I would add another three-four inches to the cuff, which is what I am doing with the second pair. You might try sport weight mixed with worsted on size 6 or 7 needles, 6 for the cuff 7 for the hand seems to be working for me.
That's a good idea for the cuff. I always make a long cuff (4" or more) because I can so vividly remember playing outside in the winter as a child and the snow getting up under my coat sleeves and how badly the "snow burn" would hurt on my arm. So now, I always make a long cuff to help keep their arms warm.
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You want to hear something CRAZY? I was out shopping on Friday and visited my favorite yarn store. I just happened to be in the area, but didn't have any plans on buying anything in particular. I saw some awesome self-patterning yarn and they had a mitten made out of it near it. I HAD to have it. I'm a sucker for self-patterning/self-striping! (Anything to make me look more talented without the work is great, right???) Anyway, I bought it and planned on making mittens. Come to find out on Monday that you're doing a knit-a-long here for it! So, my first mittens are just for me, but depending on how well I like it, I may make some more! Here's my yarn. It's the Yucatan color.

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I used that same yarn in the color "veracruz" for my wrist warmers! It used to have a different name, though. I guess that yarn company sold out or something.



I like it, because the patterning of the stripes reminds me of piano keys!
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Originally Posted by nicolejc83 View Post
The mittens I made to fit my four year old measure 6.5 inches cuff to tip, however I would add another three-four inches to the cuff, which is what I am doing with the second pair. You might try sport weight mixed with worsted on size 6 or 7 needles, 6 for the cuff 7 for the hand seems to be working for me.
Nicole, I only have worsted weight yarn and size 8 dpns are the only large size I have- which isn't working for that pattern. I'm trying today to use size 4 dpns, the next smallest size that I have with one strand of worsted weight. I just started the cuff so I can't tell yet if it will be the right size.

I'm sure that I can use the double strand of worsted weight with the size 8s if I have measurements of a child's hand. Making the length is easy, but I need to know how wide a child's hand is too. Also the length from thumb to fingertips and the length of the thumb.

I tried yesterday to make a smaller mitten (using double strand WW and Size 8 dpn). The mitten ended up being not quite 2.5 inches wide, the thumb is 2 inches - measured at the outside, and the hand is 4 inches, with another 3.5 inches for the cuff. It looks pretty small but I'm sure it would fit some child's hand - just not sure if it will fit the target child's hand - 3 -5 years old.

If someone could measure a child's hand, or measure a child's mitten and let me know those particular measurements, I think I can make mittens the right size by altering the number of stitches I start with. Otherwise, I won't be able to donate any small mittens to the Head Start program.

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If someone could measure a child's hand, or measure a child's mitten and let me know those particular measurements, I think I can make mittens the right size by altering the number of stitches I start with. Otherwise, I won't be able to donate any small mittens to the Head Start program.

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Hi Susan!

I have these children's measurements from a website. I'm not sure which one, since I wrote this down by hand, but it will give you a little bit of sizing to go by.

Child Size 4-5

Hand Circumference 5 1/2"
Hand Length 4 3/4"
Thumb Length 1 1/2"

Child Size 6-8
Hand Circumference 6 1/4"
Hand Length 5 1/2"
Thumb Length 1 3/4"

Child Size 10-12
Hand Circumference 7"
Hand Length 5 3/4"
Thumb Length 2"

I hope this helps!
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Thank you so much!!! I think that will help a lot!!!! I'll use the double strand of worsted weight with size 8 dpns and 20 stitches and I think that will work well for thick mittens for little hands.

I hope to get my first pair done today!!!

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Thank you so much!!! I think that will help a lot!!!!
I'm so glad it came in handy, you're very welcome!

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I hope to get my first pair done today!!!

That's great!

I'm having fun making the charity mittens and I'm using up a lot of scraps that I had and wow... am I getting some colorful mittens!
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4 1/2 in wrist to fingertip
4 1/2 wrist cicumference
1 1/2 inches thumb length
2 1/2 inches palm width

Actual measurements from my four year old

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