Knitting Pattern: Baby Bag Lady Mitts and Matching Cowl

28 Dec

When I can’t quite find useful things for my daughter for sale anywhere, I’ve learned that it’s usually easier to just figure out how to make your own. Namely, fingerless baby mittens. My daughter is a lot like me in that she’s not too crazy about accessories which would include socks, mittens, hats and the like. I thought I could get her to keep her mittens on by knitting some with a little hole she could still suck her thumb through, but she still pulled them off within minutes every time I put them on her. These fingerless mittens were born of the need to keep her hands (at least a little) warm and still let her inspect rocks and leaves on our jaunts outside last fall without the mittens getting in the way. The cowl was just an afterthought and an attempt to use up some of this mustard-colored yarn I have stashed, but we actually use it more than the mitts!

This is definitely one of my favorite photos of my daughter. The hat I made was a little too big and kept slipping down over her eyes.

baby bag lady mitts and matching cowl

Making hot breath art on the glass.

baby bag lady mitts and matching cowl

Cozy, warm neck.

baby bag lady mitts and matching cowl

And this photo was taken on a different day but I wanted to show you that she really does keep them on as long as she can still play in the dirt.

baby bag lady mitts and matching cowl

And the name of this pattern is, in all seriousness, no offense to homeless women but nearly every bag lady I’ve seen portrayed on TV is wearing some version of fingerless gloves.

2 skeins Dolce Merino DK (wool/microfiber blend)
size 9 needles, set of dpns and 16″ or 24″ circular
tapestry or darning needle for weaving ends

Notes: Seed stitch (aka moss stitch) is just [k1, p1] repeated all the way around if you are knitting an odd number of stitches in the round. If using an even number of CO sts you will need to mark the beginning of your round and switch to [p1,k1] for every other round. Otherwise, you are just making a 1×1 rib stitch.

Holding yarn double, using circular needle, CO 101sts and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit seed stitch until the piece measures about 2 1/4″. BO all sts loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.

Holding yarn double, using dpns, CO 21sts, distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit seed stitch for 10 rounds. Knit stockinette stitch for 7 rounds (knit every stitch). BO 5sts and continue knitting stockinette for another 5 rounds (rejoin your round over the gap of the bound off sts). BO all sts loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.

This size will fit approximately a 9-18mo child but you can adjust the size by going up or down in needle or yarn size, using a single strand, adjusting the number of stitches, etc. Just realize that if you are trying to making these for an older child, you will need to add a thumb gusset (which is not necessary for chunky toddler wrists and hands). And if you come across any mistakes while following this pattern, I would like to know so I can correct it before others attempt to follow it.

If you’re not a knitter or you don’t have the time to make your own, you can buy some in my shop! Visit Bebe Bijou Boutique on Also, you may reproduce these for sale as long as they are reproduced by you, in your home and design credits go to Bebe Bijou Boutique. You may not, however, reproduce this pattern for sale. If you would like to share the pattern please refer (or link) directly to this post. Thanks for looking!


One Response to “Knitting Pattern: Baby Bag Lady Mitts and Matching Cowl”

  1. somewhatsimplesteph January 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    So cute! Thanks for linking up to my link party! 🙂

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