Smitten With Mittens
If you’ve tried your “hand” at cloth doll making, I’m sure you’ve seen different ways of making hands.
Let’s talk about the kind of hands that have all the fingers sewn together like mittens. They’re not just for beginners!
Often cloth doll patterns offer “advanced” and “beginner” hands for the same doll- advanced being those with five fingers which need to be turned carefully and skillfully. The “beginner” patterns are plain old mittens. That leads you to believe that to make a more beautiful and realistic hand, you need to make the fingers separate (which can be a royal pain). After years of subscribing to that theory, I’ve changed my mind. I think the “mitten” type hands can be more elegant and realistic.
Mitten hands are basically just a stump with the thumb sewn on separately.