Adaptive Mittens for SPECIAL NEEDS or DISABLED Children and Adults

Introduction: Adaptive Mittens for SPECIAL NEEDS or DISABLED Children and Adults

These mittens are great for special needs children, adults and elderly folks who
have difficulty wearing traditional gloves and mittens.

Without a thumb, they are easy to put on and keep on and help retain the heat of the the thumb as well as the fingers. This wrist ribbing is a little looser which makes it easier to put them on, a common need folks with arthritis.
Recommended for folks suffering with arthritis, Raynaud's other cold sensitive disorders.

Very warm for homebound or bedridden folks as well as those venturing outdoors.  Great for runners, joggers, walkers and hikers who have trouble keeping fingers and thumb warm in traditional gloves or mittens

Step 1: Materials

The materials for knitting these Adaptive mittens are simple: 
1 set of .5 mm knitting needles
worsted medium weight yarn.  Acrylic is great because it is easy to care for, machine wash and dry and it is not as drying on the skin as wool and cotton.

Step 2: Cast on and Knit Ribbing

These mittens are knitted in the round.  Instructions for knitting in the round can be found on many knitting websites. 

Cast 10 stitches on each of three consecutive needles for a total of 30 stitches.  Using a K1, P1 pattern for 10 - 12 rows depending on how long you want the wristband to be. 

Step 3: Knitting the Mitten

Once you have completed the ribbing begin knitting the body of the mitten.  For the first two rows add an extra stitch to each needle.  The first round you will have 11 stitches on each needle for a total of 33 stitches.  The next round you will increase to 12 stitches on each needle.  If you are making mittens for an extra large hand you can repeat this for the third row as well.  Once you have increased your stitches continue to knit in the round for about 40 rows, which will make a mitten about 9 inches long.  You can adjust this to any length you like. 

Once you reach your desired length, begin reducing the number of stitches on each needle by knitting the last two stitches on each needle together.  Keep knitting in the round reducing as you go until you have 6 stitches on each needle.

Cut your yarn about 12 inches long, thread it on a needle and pass it through all of the stitches.  Pull the yarn tight and tie off.  It works best if you can turn the mitten inside out and tie it off inside the mitten.  Trim the tails, turn it inside out, and you are ready to give it to someone you love!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

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    It's just so hard to put mittens on a person who is unable to do it by themselves. I can't knit so I have used coloured tube socks-they don't have a heal so it isn't obvious that the person is wearing socks on their hands, and tube socks don't have seams that can irritate the person's skin. It is possible to double up for extra warmth.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent! I love simple solutions to hard problems.
    Nice work, thanks for sharing!