Mitts and Mittens for Stash Busting

stash busting mittsI think this is the last big roundup of pattern ideas I’m planning for this month of stash busting, but if there’s something I haven’t covered you’d like to see ideas for, let me know.

Mitts, mittens and gloves are great projects for stash busting because they don’t usually use a whole lot of yarn, so you can make a pair with a single skein or use up some little bits and pieces to make a matching (or not matching) pair.

For instance, the 75 Yard Malabrigo Fingerless Mitts by Jeanne Stevenson. They use just a little of a really luscious yarn, and you’ve probably got lots of little bits that you could turn into sweet little mitts. Hello, gift knitting!

The Campout Fingerless Mitts by tante em are longer but super easy and pretty. You work the garter stitch band for the hand, then pick up stitches and work the arm part in the round.

The Stash-o-motastic Mitts from purl3agony are true stash busters, and you can even use a bit of yarn of different weights if you need to.

Another one for the sock knitters (or sock yarn hoarders) is the Midsomer Mitts from Snippents and Stash. These use two skeins because they’re nice and long, but you could use your leftovers, too.

The Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers and Colorblock Hand Warmers, both from Purl Soho would be great projects for using up little bits or larger amounts of the same color.

And the Quo Vadis pattern by SpillyJane and Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts are both great choices for the colorwork lovers.

And for a couple of lovely patterns you have to pay for, check out the Stash-Busting Stripes Mitts by Jane Irish Nelson or Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s lovely Cloisonée Mittens.

Have a favorite mitt pattern? I’d love to hear about it.


  1. says

    These are some great (and colorful) mitt patterns. Thanks for sharing them, Sarah! I’ve made a couple pairs of the Camp Out Fingerless Mitts and love them! Really easy pattern, comfortable to wear, and looks really great in variegated or self-striping yarn.

    And, of course, I’m kind of fond of my own Stash-o-motastic mitts :) Thanks so much for including my pattern here!


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