Originally Posted by nicolejc83
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.