Mittens part 1

Making a copy of some Viking age mittens.


I told you a few days ago that I was choosing materials for a pair of mittens (based on the Gardar mitten). Today I started working on them, but since I only had a sketch to work with and no proper pattern I thought I’d do things the right way this time = make a prototype before cutting in the real material.

I started with drawing around my hand flat on a paper to get the basic dimensions I needed. Then I figured out how to shape the different pieces based on the sketch. Turned out that only after cutting the thumb part in paper I saw that I had made one bit too short, but that was easy to compensate for once transferring it to fabric. I used an old piece that I had cut off from a pair of jeans.

Then I begun tacking the thumb part to the inside of the hand, folded it inside out to sew it shut and finally added the back part. Didn’t take long since I just roughly tacked it all together, not really proper sewing.


End result: The shape and dimensions are fitting great but I need to make them one notch larger = add a proper seam allowance to the whole pattern. Then the mittens will fit nicely. I feel confident cutting the real fabric now.

I will make a detailed description of the process once I work with the real material.

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Veronica is the founder of With one foot in the past and one in the future she takes inspiration from older aesthetics and ideas to apply them in updated form today. She is passionate about teaching timeless skills and believes that the world needs more polymaths.

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