The 5 Best Knitted Mittens for Winter Activities

I think we can all agree that winter is the best season, right? The snow is beautiful, the air is crisp, the sunrises and sunsets are truly spectacular, and the outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant. And okay, sometimes that “crisp” air is more “freezing cold” and the ground is snowless and brown and you can’t appreciate the sunrise and sunset because the days are so short that you’re at work while they’re happening. But the outdoor recreation is always there, and it’s amazing.

I love pretty much all outdoor winter activities, from skiing to snowshoeing to ice skating; my only problem is that they require pretty diverse gear, and I’m running out of space in my garage—and in my closet. Because aside from all the equipment you need to do the actual activity, you also need different types of apparel depending on what you’re doing. But one thing that’s true across all winter sports is the need for warm mittens. Gloves are great, but they just can’t keep your hands warm like mittens can. And no matter what you’re doing outside, you need to keep your hands warm! (Looking cute is a nice bonus.)

Lucky for you, you’re a knitter, so you can make the perfect mittens for your preferred outdoor winter activity. So this winter, whether you’re skiing or sledding or chopping firewood at your cabin, try one of these mitten patterns to keep those mitts warm!

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1. Thrummed Fleece-Stuffed Mittens

These mittens are so cute! Colorful fleece thrums pop (and look like little hearts!) on the rich jewel-tone background. Try these mittens for downhill skiing—the 100% wool yarn is waterproof, so if you fall down a lot (or it’s just a really amazing powder day), your hands won’t get wet. The fleece lining makes them extra warm, so your hands won’t get cold as you’re flying down the slopes.

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2. O.W.L. Mittens

I’m sure all my fellow Harry Potter nerds will agree that the O.W.L. Mittens are amazing! The owls and stars on the top evoke a beautiful wintry night, and the spells on the palm side let you embrace your inner dork. Plus, stranded colorwork + Shetland wool = toasty fingers while sledding, skating, or snowball-fighting. These mittens are great for practicing two-handed colorwork, so if you’ve been looking to challenge yourself in the new year, this is the project for you!

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3. Dancing Deer Mittens

Featuring playful deer and geometric colorwork, these darling mittens (plus hat!) are the embodiment of winter. They make me think of a peaceful snowshoe through quiet woods, sighting the occasional deer or bird. Stranded colorwork knit in the round with 100% superwash wool will keep your fingers warm when the temperature on the trail drops. Plus, the superwash wool means you can throw these in the washing machine if they get a little sweaty.

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4. Winter Sky Mittens

Traditional Norwegian Fana sweaters inspired these cute-yet-functional two-color mittens with a large snowflake motif worked near the cuff. I love these for cross-country skiing; my hands tend to overheat, and the sportweight wool used in these mittens would let my fingers breathe while protecting them from the elements. I’m partial to the gray and blue used in the magazine—so wintry!—but use your favorite colors to make these mittens your own.

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5. Ibex Valley Mittens

One of my favorite patterns from 2017! These super-toasty mittens were inspired by the frigid landscapes of northern Canada—the tiny plans break free from the snow to “grow” above ground toward the sun. Worked in 100% Shetland wool, these mittens also have a gorgeous red lining, so your hands will stay warm no matter what the thermometer says. I’d wear these while ice skating; I fall down A LOT, and a little extra cushion on my hands would help soften the blows!

What are your favorite mittens, and how do you keep your hands warm while you’re outside during the winter? Let me know in the comments!

Happy mitten knitting!

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