A pair of hand-knit mittens should be the universal symbol for wintertime happiness and comfort. (It’s also an instant heirloom: How many an orphaned mitten is cherished long after losing its mate because someone’s nana knit it?)
Photography: MARIA ROBLEDO
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013
The nubby ones here are made with an ingenious one-piece pattern that calls for the speedy garter stitch, so you could knit a pair for every family member.
You can select as many as three colors for each pair of mittens (the main part, plus two accent shades for the crocheted closure). Choose a palette and then switch the colors around for different people within one family.
Print out the instructions for men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.