Handknit Hooded Scarf and Mittens

Staying warm is a priority here in northern Michigan which is one reason we raise sheep. Wool is warm even when it is wet. My favorite pastime is processing wool and fashioning something functional from it. With just enough skill to spin yarn and knit using simple patterns, I’m no fiber artist, but I love the simplicity of the patterns I find. If you are semi-skilled, you may enjoy these easy to make items.
I recently finished a hooded scarf and matching mittens knit with wool from my Bluefaced Leicester ram, Remus. As you can see, I didn’t bother blending the variations in color, so the garments look similar to Remus.

A hooded scarf is so simple to make. Use your favorite scarf pattern and knit a scarf 10″ wide by 61″ long. Fold it in half and stitch an 11″ seam from the fold down. When you put it on, there will be enough excess around your face to fold back. This will keep your ears warm.
The mittens are from a Fiber Trends pattern and are knit with 2 strands of worsted weight and then felted. These are thick mittens that are knit using a short stitch to make it easy to bend your hands.
My next project will be the clogs or slippers.

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