Ta-dah: Hello Kitty & A Quick-Knit Mitty Recipe

It's been a while since I linked in with FO Friday and today I have not one but two Finished Objects: 


PATTERN: Hello Kitty Hat by Elizabeth Trantham from Crochet in Color
Mitts - improvised, see below
YARNS: Robin Chunky 100% Acrylic (and I don't like it)
Ravelry Project notes here

If I were to make one of these hats again, I'd make the ears more pointed, the whiskers more evenly spaced and use a nicer yarn (rather than rushing to the shop and picking the ONLY yarn which was available locally in red, white and black and which is horrible *shudder* - already looking fluffy on some areas of the mitts and not great to work with) but you live and learn, and frankly I don't think Little Miss is worried about any of these things. I'd definitely recommend the pattern, which is free.

The improvised mitts were knitted up in about an hour and a half out of the yarn left from the hat. My friend Anna, who is learning to knit, asked me to post the instructions for her to make some, so here goes.

These will fit approximately 2 to 5 year old hands, but can be easily made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of stitches (or using different sized yarn/needles).

BASIC MITT:
Using Chunky yarn and 6mm circular needles cast on 24 stitches and join (without twisting) to knit in the round. If necessary, place a marker so you can identify the beginning of each round.
  • Rounds 1 to 5: K1, P1 rib
  • Stocking stitch (knit all stitches) for 4 cm or to desired length from cuff to thumb
  • To leave a thumb-hole on one side, knit back and forth in stocking stitch (knitting RS and purling WS) for the next 3 cm 
  • On the next RS row, rejoin to knit in the round and knit one round, then
  • K1, P1 rib for 5 rounds 
  • Cast off. I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off so there is no restriction to the finger movement.
OPTIONAL
  • You can pick up the stitches around the thumb hole if you prefer to have a proper thumb. I didn't do this as I like the option to use them interchangeably as arm-warmers or mitts, depending on the weather and activity. 
  • Decorate and adorn as you wish! 
I actually have ANOTHER finished item too which is part of my Year of Projects. I'll save that for Sunday's update so come back then if you'd like to see the hat I made to wear with my Cwtchy Cable Amrwarmers
Have a great weekend! 
xxxx

21 comments

  1. That is the most adorable pic! How sweet, love the cap and armwarmers - am a big Hello Kitty fan too :)
    x

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  2. Love the hat - Little Miss seems pretty pleased with it, how cute does she look?!

    Good to know about the yarn, I had spotted it a while ago and thought I might grab some - now I know not to!

    Have a great weekend
    xxx

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  3. adorable adorable model and hat!

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  4. Hiya, its a good thing I cant crochet, my 3 year old son doesn't understand gender stereotypes and asks for Hello Kitty things all the time. lol
    Val

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  5. My girls would love that hat, it's very cute! I do need to think about making some gloves and hats for the coming winter.

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  6. Wow, this hat is so cute! (I have to admit having a soft spot for Hello Kitty.) I'm going to bookmark this until the daughter of a friend of mine will be old enough... :D

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  7. I've just spent this evening crocheting a little sunhat for a friend's one-year-old, but if I'd seen this first I definitely would have knit this - love it!!

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  8. Very cute photograph. :-) Happy weekend to you and the family!

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  9. Fab hat, you've reminded me I need to make some for my brood soon

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  10. Adorable hat!! I really like the improvised little mitts too!

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  11. Your projects could not have turned out better or been more adorable! Super model, too!

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  12. Lovely hat! Thanks for sharing the mittens pattern.

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  13. Oh, that is a *great* pic, and the glove pattern looks good. Have a great weekend x G

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  14. That hat is adorable. It looks really cute on her

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  15. Such an adorable hat! I'm off to see if it can be converted to an adult size.

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  16. Hi,

    I love the hat and mitts. You're little one is really cute too. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Liz

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  17. OMGosh! Adorable and even betta on your little one!

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  18. Love this. I sometimes do the same, pick up any yarn in the rush to get started. I never learn :)

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  19. Lovely set and model just as! What a pic! Thanks for the pattern for the mitts...just adorable, even if you don't like the yarn...you sure did make it look good!

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