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The Big Mitten Give



These are the Alternating Current mittens from Knitting New Mittens & Gloves by Robin Melanson. Recently I knit the fingerless version. Given how quick and easy they are to make and how warm they are, I think they make a great charity project.
We're giving away the pattern here. We have one request: If you download the pattern, please knit a pair for someone in need. And pass the word. Thanks!

Reader Comments (18)

... thanks for sharing and thanks for tipping people off to knit for charity ... happy days ...

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterina and gumby

That's wonderful! I'll be cross-posting this to Knitgrrl.

Thanks very much!!

July 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Okey

Thank you! I was just on the search for a mitten pattern. My aunt is in the late stages of her sickness, suffering from cancer she has given up on treating the illness. She has been getting cold lately in spite of the hot dry summers down here in AZ so I've been searching for a free pattern since I've never made a pair of mittens.
Thank you again, you have no idea what this means to me!

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrxannna

I will definitely knit a few pair of these this fall and winter. I love the idea of encouraging people to knit a pair for someone in need.

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterE to the M

I've just posted this on the Homespun Helpers blog (, a group blog for charity knitters. I'm sure you'll get lots of downloads from them very soon! :)

Brooke, Thanks! Melanie

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke in Toronto

Wow this is great! Thanx! I better get started now! Our Wisconsin winters get cold and I always see people without mittens.

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXanthe

what a neat idea. I would be happy to knit a pair of these for for someone in need and I will surely pass the pattern along.:D

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercici

This is WONDERFUL! I'm including it in the Daily DIY today as well as knitting some myself. Lovely, lovely idea.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Thank you for both the pattern and the gentle reminder to knit for those in need.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHarper

I hope you don't mind if I link to this on my little blog thing...and please make sure it's in Ravelry!!
: )
Yes, there is a link to the mitten pattern on Ravely. And please do share the link on your blog. Thanks.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertllgrrl

i deeply appreciate your venture here. sharing and encouraging others to the gift of self is a gorgeous thing to do. well done!

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdana

I've been making fingerless gloves for friends for the last month...glad to see I've been keeping up with the trend. I promise to make as many as possible as soon as possible!!

That's terrific. Melanie

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Joseph

Thank you so very much for the pattern--I was a little ashamed of my building stash but now have a purpose. My grand-daughter went on a "mission" this summer and served thehomeless in Seattle--and was hoping to continue to help in her own hometown-this is perfect-we can now pass out mittens--heart and hand--hand-out! Thanks, Nancy

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Miller

Consider it done! Thanks!

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Not a problem. Will do, definitely.

Barring accidents, there'll be a homeless person with warmer hands this winter. My knitting group will be notified.

Thank You.

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie in UK

I would love to make the gloves.They look awesome! where should i donate them to. they will be great for Wisconsin weather.

Please donate them to an individual in need who you know or an organization in your area that serves people in need. You could check with local hospitals, the Salvation Army, your local religious organizations. Thanks for participating.

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermiranda

Thanks for being so generous.

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbd

shall do. thank you for being so willing to share

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdottie

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