DeForest Lake mittens are made by hand, by me. It starts with hunting for the most suitable sweaters – ones looking for a second chance. Like a rescue pet, they come home, have a good bath, a fluffing and grooming. They are then ready for a new happy life!
I carefully cut my mitten patterns to get the most use of each sweater with the least waste from both the sweaters and new fleece lining. All pieces are then sewn together. Like having a new pet, we look at each other, and the finished mittens tell me what their appliques and new names should be. I cut the applique pieces from fleece to create images and hand stitch them to give the mittens their story. All mittens are 100% wool, except as noted, and are lined with new poly fleece. Also, unless noted, all mittens are an average size for women. Many hours are spent to get to the finished product.
The Children’s Line features my designs appliqued on acrylic knitted store-bought mittens and gloves, giving them their own story. They are a stretch knit in various sizes to fit toddlers to teens.
I hope you enjoy wearing them as much as I do making them!
DeForest Lake Designs
(All scraps are recycled locally so everyone wins!)