Another Fun Alpaca Mitten Felting Class

Another class turns out to be good, clean fun!

Alpaca Mitten Felting Class

Chris Vannatta and Jennifer Kamm, mother and daughter, spent the afternoon together at Alpaca Meadows learning how to wet felt alpaca mittens!

Alpaca Mitten Felting Class

They started with a pile of fiber, and in just several hours, each had made a pair of mittens!

Alpaca Mitten Felting Class

In my classes, we make one mitten at a time.  The challenge in doing it this way is making the second mitten look like the first.  Still one mitten at a time seems best when learning; but, it is quite easy to do two mittens at a time.  Here is a tutorial with great pictures that shows how:

Wet Felted Mittens – Two At A Time

Wet Felting Two Mittens At A Time

Some of the felted mittens I’ve made ended up too short, so I hand-stitched on crocheted cuffs.  This gives a snugger cuff that comes down on my arm farther.

Handfelted Alpaca Mittens With Crocheted Cuff

Directions for Crocheting A Cuff are below:

I think I used about a Size G Hook, depends on the yarn you are using.   You can alter the number of  stitches depending on how long of a cuff you want, and adjust the number of rows depending on the width of your mitten across the bottom.

Ch 10.

Note: For rows 1 through 22 in wrist ribbing, sc in back loop only.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn. 9 sc.

Rows 2 – 22: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 23: Bring row 1 to meet row 22, matching stitches. Sl st row 1 and row 22 together. 11 ridges made.

Cut yarn. Turn cuff inside out (so sl st edge is inside) and turn cuff so the ridges are running vertically, attach yarn with sl st in the side of the 1st sc in row 1.

Knitted Cuff

If you’d rather knit, here are some directions for you:

Knitting a Cuff for Felted Mittens

Felted Alpaca Mittens

Having just two students gave me time to felt a pair of mittens too!

Felted Alpaca Mitten Closeup

Find out more about Wet Felting Alpaca Mittens!

Mix and Matching Yarn

I often, well almost always, mix and match my yarn. I start with one of my Hand Spun Alpaca Art Yarns and select other yarn based on the colors of that yarn.  The hat pattern I use over and over is Loving Georgia Lee Tyler by Christine Marie Way Tyler & John Wesley Tyler.
I have made many, many shapes and sizes and colors and styles of hats using this pattern.  I can’t say I always follow the pattern exactly, but instead pick up whatever size hook seems to fit the yarn I’m using and try it on frequently for size while I’m working!
With some of the same yarn I crocheted a pair of Texting Mittens, also known as Twittens ( I just learned) for toasty texting!!

For these, I found a pattern for mittens, left off the thumbs and fingers, and crocheted an edge to finish them.



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