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Mittens FROM THE MITTEN STATE

is in the shape of a mitten, and that’s the reason Michigan is referred to as “the Mitten State.” I live in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula (near the tip of the pinkie finger). Winters are long here; it can start snowing in October, with snowfall sometimes continuing throughout April. Mittens, therefore, are essential winter wear. They need to be warm, and they need to hold up to long and hard use. For the warmth requirement, I chose a slipstitch pattern to create a thick fabric. For the

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